2 September 2020

Webcast: how to choose the right contraceptive pill

Webinars Women

When prescribing contraceptive pills, it is useful to consider the non-contraceptive benefits for patients.

A discussion from Dr Terri Foran about how to best approach prescribing contraceptives will feature in the free Healthed webcast on Tuesday September 8.


Attendees will be eligible for: 

RACGP: 4 CPD activity points

ACRRM: 2 hours under the educational activities category

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Topics include:

  • Depression and menopause

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, psychiatrist; Director, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

Depressive symptoms can be exacerbated by, and sometimes mistaken for, menopausal symptoms and vice versa. The interaction between fluctuating levels of reproductive hormones and mental health is complex and important to take into account when clinically assessing the depressed woman of menopausal age. Professor Kulkarni describes her clinical perspective on this issue and provides practical advice.

  • Uterine sparing surgical techniques in the management of heavy menstrual bleeding

Dr Kate McIlwaine, gynaecologist, endosurgeon and infertility specialist; Consultant Gynaecologist, Endosurgery Unit, The Mercy Hospital for Women

It is not uncommon for a woman to suffer from abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) or heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) at some point during her lifetime. Once pathology is excluded, in practice, management needs to be individualised, considering the improvement of the woman’s symptoms and quality of life. Dr Kate McIlwaine discusses the structured universal approach of the diagnoses of AUB, with the aide-memoires PALM and COEIN. Once malignancy and significant pelvic pathology have been ruled out, medical treatment is an effective first-line therapeutic option, with surgery.

  • Contraceptive pill – which pill for the right person

Dr Terri Foran, sexual health physician; Lecturer, UNSW

Dr Foran will explain the advantages and disadvantages of combined oral contraception, how to utilise the different qualities of various pill preparations to maximise non-contraceptive benefits and how to adjust dosages and preparations to address side-effects.

  • Dietary management of gestational diabetes

Susie Burrell, dietitian; Resident Sports Dietitian, Sydney University Sport; Resident Dietitian, Channel’s 7’s SUNRISE; Consultant Dietitian, Bellamy’s Organic, Zip Water and Australian Bananas.

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most common perinatal endocrine condition affecting up to 10% of pregnancies in Australia. It is recommended that dietary interventions focus on optimal energy prescription, carbohydrate balance, nutrient quality and the appropriate use of medical nutrition therapy.

  • Allergic rhinitis – optimising management

Professor Richard Harvey, rhinologist; Macquarie University and St Vincent’s Hospitals; Program Head of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, The Applied Medical Research Centre of UNSW.

In this talk, Professor Harvey will discuss the nature and treatment of sino-nasal complaints with a focus on rhinitis. There is still much confusion as to whether these symptoms are simply a condition of the nasal passage (rhinitis) or part of broader condition affecting the upper airway (sinusitis). Rhinitis can be allergy, but many patients suffer from neurogenic responses or chemical irritation of the airway which will rarely respond to traditional therapies.

This webcast is proudly supported by Mylan, Bayer, Servier, Hologic, Aspen & Vifor Pharma and Abbott.

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