24 May 2019

Free webcast: practical tips to manage allergic rhinitis


Healthed’s next hot topics free webcast is this Tuesday at 7pm (AEST) and will feature experts giving practical advice on diabetic eye, whether nutrients like vitamin B and D can assist with managing depression and how to optimise the management of allergic rhinitis.


Talk 1:  Diabetic eye – practical advice for GPs

Dr Stephen Ong, ophthalmic surgeon from the retina unit, Liverpool Hospital.

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of reduced vision in working age Australians. This lecture will discuss ways in which general practitioners can help to reduce the social and economic impact of diabetic retinopathy, by assisting in screening, early detection and treatment.

Talk 2: Vitamin B, D and other nutrients for depression – do they help?

Professor Malcolm Hopwood, psychiatrist and director of the professorial psychiatry unit, at the University of Melbourne.

Major depression is the leading cause of disability globally. Currently, available treatments are only moderately effective and not always accepted by effected individuals. This treatment gap has led to interest in new therapies that may be more acceptable such as nutraceuticals, including the B group vitamins.

In an era of many medicinal claims, it is important to review evidence for each individual preparation carefully. Recent evidence suggests there may indeed be an important supplementary role for some of these agents in the care of major depression.

Talk 3: Allergic rhinitis – optimising management

 Professor Richard Harvey rhinologist Macquarie University, UNSW and head of rhinology and skull based surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital.

Rhinitis and nasal symptoms are very common. Unfortunately, there is still much confusion to whether these symptoms are simply a condition of the nasal passage (rhinitis) or part of broader condition affecting the upper airway (sinusitis). When managing rhinitis conditions, it’s important to understand the driving pathophysiology essential to successful symptom control.

Rhinitis can present as allergy, but many patients also suffer from neurogenic responses or chemical irritation of the airway. These symptoms will rarely respond to traditional therapies. In this talk, we discuss the nature and treatment of sino-nasal complaints with a focus on rhinitis.


Mark your calendar for Tuesday, 28 May 2019 • 7.00pm-8:30pm (AEST)