21 January 2021
Coming up: Preventing Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Residential Aged Care
One of the many lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic has been just how vulnerable our elderly population is to infectious diseases, especially those elderly in living aged care facilities.
Kirby Institute Professor of Global Biosecurity Raina MacIntyre is a leading expert on immunisation. In our 2 February webcast, she outlines the range of vaccinations currently available for older Australians, free or otherwise.
Attendees will be eligible for:
RACGP: 4 CPD activity points
ACRRM: 2 hours under the Educational Activities Category
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- Cervical Cancer Screening – The Co-Test and Self-Collection – A/Prof Deborah Bateson
In this presentation, A/Prof Bateson will review the role and rationale for performing a co-test within the National Cervical Screening Program and revisit eligibility for a self-collected vaginal HPV sample. The co-test is used for patients at higher risk of cervical screening including those with symptoms suggestive of cervical cancer and as part of Test of Cure following treatment of histology-proven high grade lesions.
- Iron Deficiency in Heart Failure – Prof Andrew Sindone
Iron deficiency anaemia is widely present in patients with heart failure with an estimated prevalence of over 50% in ambulatory patients. It is an independent predictor of worse functional capacity and survival. Even without anaemia, iron deficiency is associated with poorer outcomes for these patients suggesting that the issue is not just relating to oxygen delivery but also broader energy generating metabolic pathways. At present, intravenous (IV) iron is the preferred route for treatment in heart failure patients. IV iron administration is associated with improvement in several important parameters. The latest research reveals important clinical action points for both GPs and specialists.
- Prevention of Preterm Birth in Australia – Prof John Newnham AM
Professor John Newnham AM and Senior Australian of the Year, leads the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance whose goal is to safely lower the rate of preterm birth in Australia. The seven major interventions will be discussed. The significance of recent research regarding the importance of maintaining pregnancies till 39 weeks will be counterpoised against a recent tendency towards elective early birth.
- Preventing Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Residential Aged Care – Professor Raina MacIntyre
The COVID pandemic has demonstrated to us that the elderly in aged care institutions are particularly vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks. Many of these diseases can be prevented with immunisations commonly available, some of which are funded but several are not. It’s important to help patients, carers and families weigh up the costs vs the potential benefits when making decisions about which immunisations to have and when, in order to protect the elderly who are in residential care.
This webcast is proudly supported by Aspen and Vifor Pharma, Besins and GSK.
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7:00pm – 9:00pm AEDT (NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT)
6:00pm – 8:00pm AEST (QLD)
6:30pm – 8:30pm ACDT (SA)
5:30pm – 7:30pm ACST (NT)
4:00pm – 6:00pm AWST (WA)