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MEDD Live Virtual 2020 Conference

SPEAKERS

1ST – 23RD AUGUST 2020. ONLINE

QUEENSLAND

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ANDREAS OBERMAIR

SAWM, Greenslopes Private

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Fertility-Sparing Treatment of Gynaecological Cancer

Learning Objectives:
To learn about fertility-sparing treatment options for young women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer.

Abstract: 
A significant number of women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer before the age of 40 years. In the past, surgical standard treatment included removing the uterus, tubes and ovaries, which was suboptimal for women who were interested in preserving childbearing potential. Modern treatment strategies are emerging that allow affected patients to have safe and effective gynaecological cancer treatment and at the same time, preserve childbearing potential. This presentation will outline options for women with ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancer.

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Andreas Obermair is a gynaecological oncologist based in Brisbane. He looks after women with suspected or proven gynaecological cancer. Andreas is a Professor at the University of Queensland and runs a surgical research program at RBWH. His mission is to make surgery more humane, kinder and not compromise on the effectiveness of treatment either.

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SAMUEL KIM

University of Queensland, St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Integrative Pulmonary Care & Medical

Pulmonology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation 1 Title: 
Efficient and cost-effective diagnostic evaluation and management of pulmonary nodules, infiltrates and unidentified opacities.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the clinical epidemiology of pulmonary abnormalities in our domestic population (not of the US or European data)
2. Recognize the key indicators of malignant versus benign lesions
3. Understand the important differential diagnosis and the relevant radiological and clinical features
4. Understand the general aspect of a diagnostic approach while mastering the diagnostic approach of an experienced pulmonologist
5. Be broadly informed of the interventional approach to diagnosis, its diverse indications, and the decision-making process
6. Develop the relevant practical diagnostic and management skills through the collaboration by discussing clinical cases of dilemma

Abstract:
GPs and specialists are confronted with the constant dilemma of diagnostic uncertainties imposed by pulmonary nodules, infiltrates, and unidentified opacities in our era of advanced radiological imaging. Obviously, the decision for intervention such as lung biopsy is a significant decision-making process that is controversial and risky for individual patients. The presentation offers a streamlined approach to optimize our clinical decision making and clinical ‘pearls’ to assist the clinician in achieving diagnostic certainty of balancing observation versus intervention while providing reassurance for the worried patient who is either focused on the possibility of a frank lung cancer or onset of an incurable occupational lung disease.

 

Presentation 2 Title:
Evaluation of advanced COPD with disabling functional impairment for palliative treatment.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the clinical epidemiology of pulmonary abnormalities in our domestic population (not of the US or European data)
2. Recognize the key indicators of malignant versus benign lesions
3. Understand the important differential diagnosis and the relevant radiological and clinical features
4. Understand the general aspect of diagnostic approach while master the diagnostic approach of an experienced pulmonologist
5. Be broadly informed of the interventional approach to diagnosis, its diverse indications, and the decision-making process
6. Develop the relevant practical diagnostic and management skills through the collaboration by discussing clinical cases of dilemma

Abstract:
GPs and specialists are confronted with the constant dilemma of diagnostic uncertainties imposed by pulmonary nodules, infiltrates and unidentified opacities in our era of advanced radiological imaging. Obviously, the decision for intervention such as lung biopsy is a significant decision-making process which is controversial and risky for the individual patients. The presentation offers a streamlined approach to optimise our clinical decision making and clinical ‘pearls’ to assist the clinician in achieving diagnostic certainty ofbalancing observation versus intervention while providing reassurance for the worried
patient who is either focused on the possibility of a frank lung cancer or onset of an incurable occupational lung disease.

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After completing the Royal Australasian College of Physician (RACP) Fellowship in 2003, Sam has accumulated extensive postgraduate training and experience in Interventional Pulmonology and General Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. Since August 2005, he practises as a Visiting Specialist Physician from St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, a dedicated 250-bed hospital that serves as a major private hospital referral centre for the metropolitan Brisbane, Central Queensland, South Pacific, the Northern Territory and the Northern NSW.

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David colquhoun

University of Queensland – School of Medicine, Wesley Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Sunnybank Private Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation 1 Title:
An Idea Whose Time Has Come! (State of the Art)

Learning Objectives:
1. Understanding the latest clinical practice guidelines for preventative cardiology.
2. Lipid Management.
3. Cardio-metabolic Management
4. Risk Factor Modification

Abstract:
N/A


Presentation 2 Title:
Managing Cholesterol: A Practical Clinical Guide

Learning Objectives:
1. Understanding the latest clinical practice guidelines for managing lipids in the clinic.

Abstract:
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Associate Professor David Colquhoun is a cardiologist who has been in private practice in Queensland for more than 30 years. He has been involved in clinical practice and research in the fields of cardiology, lipids, nutrition, diabetes, obesity, nutraceutical and psychological aspects of heart disease.

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PETER BURKE

Brisbane Urology Clinic

Oncology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation Title:
Renal Calculi – Time to Treat?

Learning Objectives:
1. Outlining methods of kidney stone treatment 
2. Informing doctors of the circumstances whereby patients with kidney stones need referral and treatment rather than conservative management

Abstract:
A brief outline of the methods of kidney stone treatment followed by 4 cases indicative of scenarios whereby intervention of renal calculi is indicated, rather than conservative management. 

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Dr Burke is a Urologist at Brisbane Urology Clinic with a special interest in the management of complex Renal Stone Disease and Malignancy. 

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Sunny Lee

St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital

Gastroenterology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Quality Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy

Learning Objectives:
1. Understanding of important quality indicators in endoscopy
2. Update on important guidelines
3. Optimising path of care according to the patient’s indication

Abstract:
Endoscopy plays a vital role in the care of gastrointestinal issues and diseases. The information provided, however, is only as good as the examination that was performed. The quality of an examination furthermore determines appropriate therapy, both at the time of the procedure and also subsequent care (as guided by surveillance guidelines). The presentation will discuss the important aspects of an endoscopic examination, its ‘reporting’ and expand on management approaches. The importance of patient selection for endoscopic procedures when a resource becomes restricted (ie COVID-19) and how choosing different pathways towards endoscopy can ultimately lead to better gastrointestinal care.

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Dr Sunny Lee is an interventional gastroenterologist specialising in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. Together with providing expert care in general gastroenterology and hepatology, his special clinical interests are in the management of pancreatic and biliary diseases, ERCP, EUS, bowel cancer screening and advanced colonoscopy for the detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps.

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Piksi Singh

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Gyneacological Malignancies 

Learning Objectives:
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Abstract:
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Dr Piksi Singh is a Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon who specialises in the management of all known and suspected cancers of the female genital tract, colposcopy and pre-invasive conditions of cervix, vagina and vulva. She has a keen interest in managing women with hereditary familial gynaecological cancers ( BRCA1, BRCA2, LYNCH Syndrome), providing advice regarding risk reducing surgery, gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) and minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopy/ total laparoscopic hysterectomies and pelvic floor surgery.

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Devini Ameratunga

Brisbane City Fertility Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Adjuvant Treatments in Fertility

Learning Objectives:
1. To recognize what adjuvant treatments are 
2. To understand some of the proposed mechanisms of how these might work
3. To know the current recommendations regarding adjuvants 
4. To become familiar with and answer some of the common questions patients may ask when trying to maximize their chances of fertility

Abstract:
Adjuvant treatments are add-on or non-essential treatments which may be offered to patients in addition to standard assisted reproductive treatment regimes, in order to improve outcomes. However, there is a lack of data to support this positive effect in many cases and it is important to understand these treatments and proposed mechanisms in order to have meaningful discussions with patients who may present already on these treatments, or wanting to commence these to assist in their reproductive success.

 

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Dr. Ameratunga works primarily in IVF and Fertility Care, Gynaecology, and Laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Ameratunga graduated with first-class Honours from the Australian National University in 2007 and commenced Specialty training at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. She has completed her Masters in Reproductive Medicine at NSW University and completed a Fellowship year in Advanced Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2014 at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr. Ameratunga finished her training at Mater Mothers. She was a Part-time Senior Medical Officer at Mater Mothers, and now continues this role at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has a busy Private Practice in Brisbane working in all areas of Gynaecology and surgery, with a focus on all aspects of Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Care. Dr. Ameratunga’s passion for women’s health and continuing education can be seen in her many publications and presentations as well as involvement in teaching as a Senior Lecturer for the University of QLD. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (JARG) and is involved in teaching trainees and GPs for the Royal Australian and NZ College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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Peter Heathcote

Brisbane Urology Clinic

Oncology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
The development of PSA guidelines in Australia

Learning Objectives:
1. Who and how to offer PSA testing to men
2. Understanding the risk stratification of newly diagnosed prostate cancer
3. Understanding management options in early prostate cancer, in particular, the increasing use of Active Surveillance and improvements in the morbidity of radical prostatectomy and radiation therapy

Abstract:
The role of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) in the early detection of prostate cancer has caused controversy since it's introduction in the 1990s. In 2016 Guidelines on the use of PSA in clinical practice were released and endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). This presentation describes the development of the guidelines and also discusses the impact of multiparametric MRI and modern Active Surveillance protocols on risk stratification and harm minimization in men with PSA detected early prostate cancer.

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Peter is a Urologic Surgeon with a special interest in Cancer of the Prostate, Robotic Surgery, and Pelvic Oncology. He is Chairman of Robotic Surgery at Greenslopes Private Hospital where the first Robotic Prostatectomy in Queensland was performed. Having completed Urology Speciality training in Queensland Peter spent further time in Cardiff, United Kingdom, and in Toronto, Canada developing Reconstructive and Radical Prostatectomy skills. Peter is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research facility at QUT/PAH and Adjunct Clinical Professor Monash University Dept of Epidemiology. 

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Daniel Walker

Specialist Services Medical Group

General Surgery

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation 1 Title:
Obesity and Bariatric Surgery post-COVID-19: Criteria for surgery, post-operative issues, and expected outcomes

Learning Objectives:
1. Outline the evolution of bariatric surgery, current trends, and long term outcomes
2. Who should be referred to a bariatric surgeon
3. How to discuss bariatric surgery with a patient in the primary care setting
4. How to identify and manage post-operative issues in bariatric patients

Abstract:
COVID-19 has changed many things in our life, but unfortunately, the growing obesity endemic in Australia continues. Re-visit the indications for referral to a bariatric surgeon, the main post-operative issues that you may see as a GP, and what outcomes you can expect to see in these patients.


Presentation 2 Title:
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GORD): Who, When, and Why to Refer for Surgery

Learning Objectives:
1. An evidenced-based approach to which hiatus hernias need to be referred for surgical repair 
2. When to refer patients for consideration of anti-reflux surgery

Abstract:
Reflux is a very common symptom for presentation to a GP.
How do I assess this patient in the primary care setting, who should I refer to a surgeon, and when?
Why refer patients with reflux? Can't I just keep prescribing a PPI?

Presentation 3 Title:
Melanoma: A Management Guide for GPs in 2020

Learning Objectives:
1. Evidenced-based data on how to biopsy a lesion suspicious for melanoma 
2. When to refer to a surgeon for suspected or biopsy-confirmed melanoma 
3. An update on the AJCC 8th edition guidelines for the management of malignant melanoma 

Abstract:
An update on new guidelines for melanoma surgery and referral to a melanoma surgeon in 2020, and what the primary care specialist can do to aid rapid diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. 

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Dr. Dan is a Brisbane based laparoscopic general surgeon with sub-specialty training in bariatric and benign upper GI surgery. He wants to remain a general surgeon with other interests including gallbladder, hernia, skin cancer/melanoma, and endoscopy.

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Carina Chow

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Colon and Rectal Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Rectal Prolapse

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand what functional bowel disorders are
2. Understand the mechanisms of obstructed defecation
3. Be aware of the role and advantages of robotic surgery in this area

Abstract:
Functional bowel disorders are common, physically and socially debilitating and patients find it difficult to talk about these problems. Obstructed defecation is often not well understood but is often be due to mechanical causes which can be surgically corrected. Surgical correction can give good results but can be technically challenging but with new technologies, even better results can be achieved.

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Dr Carina Chow is a colorectal surgeon at the Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital and the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. She completed her general surgical training in Westmead and the surrounding hospitals in NSW and Canberra and did her post fellowship training through the Colorectal surgical society of Australia and New Zealand which brought her to Brisbane. Loving the work and lifestyle Queensland offered, as well as far less traffic, she, her husband and children
decided to make Brisbane home.

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Archana Chacko

Queensland Children’s Lung and Sleep Specialists (QCLASS)

Paediatrics

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Paediatric Respiratory Music: The Cough, Wheeze and Snore

Learning Objectives:
Gain an understanding of:
1. An approach to paediatric wet versus dry cough; 
2. Updated paediatric Asthma Council Guidelines;
3. An approach to a child who snores  

Abstract: 
The presentation will cover the common presentations of paediatric cough, wheeze and snore and provide easy algorithms for management and guidance on when to refer for a specialist opinion.

 

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Dr. Archana Chacko is a specialist respiratory and sleep pediatrician. She specializes in diagnosing and treating all issues affecting breathing, sleep, and the lungs in children from birth to 18 years of age, specializing in chronic cough, chest infections, asthma, sleep apnoea, and difficulties sleeping. As a mother of two young children, Archana understands how stressful unsettled sleep can be for children (and their families) and the struggles with handling children suffering from lung or breathing conditions.

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Saibal Guha

Belmont Private Hospital, Brisbane 

Psychiatry

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
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Learning Objectives:
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Abstract:
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ALEXANDER INCANI

CardioVascular Clinics & Queensland Heart Institute

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Percutaneous Technologies in Structural Heart Disease – TAVI 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Learn about the natural history of aortic stenosis
2. Recognise treatment modalities available 
3. Recognise that percutaneous solutions exist for many clinical reasons 

Abstract:
A guided tour is presented on the TAVI revolution. Updates on current TAVI concepts. 

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Dr Alexander Incani is an interventional cardiologist with a special interest in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), complex structural heart intervention and high risk coronary stenting, including the use of mechanical support devices (Impella CP). Dr Incani performs both percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures using the Impella CP.

He is on the national faculty and is proctor for Edwards Lifesciences TAVI platform. Dr Incani graduated from The University of Melbourne with first class honours and was dux of internal medicine in 2003. Following cardiology training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, he commenced his interventional training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, working with the team who brought MitraClip to Australia.

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Murgurel Nicolae

Mater Health Brisbane

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Congenital Heart Disease & Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Learning Objectives:
N/A

Abstract:
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Dale Murdoch

The Prince Charles Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation 1 Title:
Valve in Valve TAVI

Learning Objectives:
1. Identification of patients with failed bioprosthetic heart valves
2. Assessment for valve in valve (VIV) procedures
3. Safety and efficacy evidence for VIV procedures

Abstract:
All bioprosthetic valves will fail, if patients live sufficiently long, and patients with failed bioprosthetic valves are at increased risk of redo open-heart surgery. Valve in valve procedures are less invasive and lower risk than redo surgery, with excellent safety and efficacy data.

Presentation 2 Title:
Patent Foramen Ovale Closure for Cryptogenic Stroke

Learning Objectives:
1. Careful workup of patients with cryptogenic stroke is important 
2. PFO closure has well demonstrated benefit in carefully selected patients 

Abstract:
Young patients with cryptogenic stroke remain at elevated risk of future stroke. Those with a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) may benefit from percutaneous PFO closure. Recent large RCTs have proven benefit in carefully selected patients.

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Dr Dale Murdoch is a general and interventional cardiologist with special interests in structural heart disease intervention, transcatheter heart valves and transformative technology in healthcare.
Dr Murdoch graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science in 2002 (majors in Anatomical and Biomedical Sciences) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2006. After graduation, he completed his post-graduate training in medicine and cardiology and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of
Physicians (Cardiology) in 2013.

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PAUL KLAASSEN

Cardiac Care Associates, Robina, Gold Coast

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

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Yohan Chacko

Cardiology

Cardiology

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Brendan Bell

Cardiology

Cardiology

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Rajan Prashar

Cardiology

Cardiology

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Vince Deen

Cardiology

Allergy & Immunology

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John Hayes

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

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JEREMY WRIGHT

Hearts 1st

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

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VACANT

Cardiology

Cardiology

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VACANT

Cardiology

Allergy & Immunology

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NEW SOUTH WALES & AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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Vytauras Kuzinkovas

St George Public and Private Hospitals, Sydney

General Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
When Diet and Exercise Is…Not Enough

Learning Outcomes: 
1. Obesity is a disease – not a lifestyle choice
2. Metabolic surgery is not the last resort in the treatment of obesity
3. Surgical management of Diabetes Mellitus 

Abstract:
This session will discuss the pathogenesis and treatment of the metabolic syndrome in light of the obesity epidemic. The latest guidelines on the surgical treatment of diabetes mellitus are going to be discussed. Different surgical operations and outcomes are going to be reviewed. Q&A’s at the end of the presentation. 

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Dr. V. Kuzinkovas is the UK trained Consultant Surgeon, specializing in Upper Gastro-Intestinal, Obesity, advanced Laparoscopic and Gastro-Esophageal Cancer Surgery. He has VMO appointments at St George Public/Private, Norwest Private and Sydney Private Hospitals. Dr. Kuzinkovas has extensive expertise in managing complex General and Upper Gastro-Intestinal surgical cases in particular – obesity surgery (Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Lap-Band, revision weight loss surgery), anti-reflux surgery, hernia, gallbladder surgery and radical resections for the gastric and esophageal malignancies.

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Stan Sidhu

University of Sydney Endocrine Surgery Unit

Endocrinology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Assessment and Investigation of the Thyroid Nodule

Learning Outcomes:
1. Clinical assessment of the thyroid nodule
2. Appropriate investigations of the thyroid nodule
3. Interpreting TIRADS and Bethesda scoring systems for the thyroid nodule
4. When to refer for specialist intervention

Abstract:
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Stan Sidhu is a Professor of Surgery and Head of the University of Sydney Endocrine Surgical Unit. This Unit has been in operation for more than 50 years based at Royal North Shore Hospital. He performs more than 500 thyroidectomies, parathyroidectomies and adrenalectomies per year specialising in large goitres, papillary and medullary thyroid cancer surgery, neck dissection, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, redo parathyroid surgery and endoscopic or keyhole adrenalectomy. He has published a number of clinical outcome studies in thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy and adrenalectomy and currently, his clinical research is focussed on voice outcomes following thyroidectomy utilising the adjunct of neural monitoring in thyroid surgery.

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Nicole Goddard

The Canberra Hospital and National Capital Medical Specialists 

Oncology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Endocrine and Antiresorptive Therapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Learning Outcomes: 
1. Discuss the benefits of endocrine therapy for early-stage breast cancer
2. Discuss the role of adjuvant antiresorptive therapy in early-stage breast cancer
3. Discuss optimal endocrine therapy and options for treatment. Discuss common side effects and management. 

Abstract: 
TBC

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Dr. Nicole Gorddard is a senior staff specialist in medical oncology at The Canberra Hospital and also practices at the National Capital Private Hospital. Her specialty interest areas are breast cancer and head and neck cancer. She is the Chair of the ACT Health Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Meeting. She is actively involved in the teaching of the ANU medical students and also participates in clinical research through The Canberra Hospital clinical trials unit.

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Marcus Stoodley

Macquarie Neurosurgery

Cardiology

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Cranial Nerve Hyperfunction Syndromes 

Learning Outcomes:
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Abstract:
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TAS & VIC

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Raelia Lew

Women’s Health Melbourne

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Preconception Genetic Screening and the role of PGT in IVF

Learning Outcomes:
Preconception screening options should be offered to all couples planning a pregnancy or pregnant.
Pre-implantation genetic testing can:
1. Reduce the burden of genetic diseases
2. Reduce the burden of genetic diseases
– Direct testing
– Exclusion testing
3. Prevent miscarriage
4. Reduce time to conception in IVF
5. Facilitate euploid embryo banking
6. PGT-A is cost-effective for patients aged >37 years

Abstract: 
Genetics in general practice in 2020:
– Genes and chromosomes 
– Effects of aging 
– Pre-conception Screening
– Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis 
– Prenatal genetic testing (NIPT) 

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I grew up in Melbourne and completed my Medical degree at Monash University. I graduated with Honours in 2004, and later trained as a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. I completed my Masters of Medicine in Reproductive Health Science and Human Genetics at The University of Sydney in 2009 and my PHD in Preconception Health Promotion and Reproductive Genetics in 2016. My PhD research was commenced at the University of Sydney and completed in Cambridge, UK. Preconception Genetic carrier Screening and applying IVF for the purposes of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis remains a passion. Helping couples affected by or carrying the risk of genetic disease to have healthy babies is one of the greatest miracles of IVF treatment.

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Colin Machado

Melbourne Heart Care and Monash Heart, Monash Medical Centre

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

Learning Outcomes:
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Abstract:
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Dr. Colin Machado is a Cardiologist, and Electrophysiologist, with a keen interest in the holistic care of cardiac patients, focusing on patient education, lifestyle therapy, and exercise programs, integrating care with the GP. 

He grew up in Dubai, completed medical school in India, then Cardiology training in Geelong Hospital and Monash Health. He is completing a fellowship in Electrophysiology at Monash Heart, which included a year of cardiac imaging, to further his interest in AF therapies, including cryo and RF ablation. 

He implants pacemaker, heart failure devices, and defibrillators, and also performs ablation of arrhythmias. He is consulting and performing procedures at Holmesglen Private Hospital, where he runs the AF clinic.

Outside of work Colin spends time with his young son and enjoys boxing and gym work as a fitness regime. He is a passionate supporter of the Geelong Football Club.

 

 

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Heath Adams

Royal Hobart Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
TAVI for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis in 2020

Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe the key pathological features of severe aortic stenosis
2. Describe basic investigations and triggers for referral
3. Explain the management options
4. Describe the concept of the heart team
5. Discuss relevant issues to the patient demographic including life expectancy, frailty and measures of futility 
6. Explain the burden of valvular heart disease in an aging population
7. Describe common complications and considerations of treatment options when moving to lower risk populations 

Abstract:
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has generated a worldwide paradigm shift in the treatment of severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) over the past decade, particularly for high and intermediate-risk patients. Earlier in 2019, the first two randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing the outcomes of surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or TAVI in low surgical risk cohorts were published. Their findings and implications create future challenges for Heart teams in Australia and New Zealand. A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to patient selection and management is required involving primary care to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

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Dr Heath Adams is a Tasmanian born, bred and educated Interventional and Structural Cardiologist who has developed the first Tasmanian TAVI programme at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Dr. Adams clinical interest and expertise is in the management of aortic stenosis, valvular heart disease, structural heart conditions, acute coronary syndromes, coronary physiology, intravascular imaging and risk factor modification. Heath is also trained in structural cardiac CT. Dr Adams
performs coronary interventions including FFR, OCT, IVUS, rotational atherectomy, left main and bifurcation stenting; and structural heart interventions including TAVI, aortic valvuloplasty, PFO/ASD closure and percutaneous mitral valve intervention.

Dr Adams achieved First Class Honours in his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Tasmania in 2009. He achieved a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in Adult Cardiology in 2016 after training appointments at St Vincent’s Melbourne and the Royal Hobart Hospital. Following this, he performed a 2 year coronary and structural fellowship at St Vincent’s Melbourne. In 2019, he was the Structural Heart Fellow at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, United
Kingdom, a worldwide centre of excellence in TAVI and structural heart procedures. This fellowship was supported by the prestigious Dr MG Ciezar Memorial Scholarship in Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of Tasmania.

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Nay Htun

Alfred Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation 1 Title:
PFO Associated Stroke

Learning Outcomes:
To understand PFO incidence, indications for closure, techniques, evidence, complications and follow up

Abstract:
PFO incidence, indications for closure, techniques, evidence, complications and follow up 

Presentation 2 Title:
TAVI in low risk AS patients 

Learning Outcomes:
The evidence behind TAVI in low-risk patients/patient selection/future directions in Australia

Abstract:
Evidence/landmark trials/controversies including valve durability

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Dr. Nay M Htun is a general and interventional cardiologist with extensive experience in structural heart and coronary interventions. His cardiology training was at the Alfred Hospital, after which he spent two dedicated years at St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada which is a premiere centre for complex coronary and structural heart interventions under the mentorship of Professor John Webb, one of the world leaders in structural heart interventions including transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). His Ph.D. was awarded by Monash University for his research focusing on detecting vulnerable
atherosclerotic plaques which were at high risk of progression to heart attacks and strokes. His research was presented in the Ralph Reader Prize Section at the Annual Scientific Meeting of Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand as a finalist.
Since his return to Melbourne, Dr Htun has been practising as a structural heart and coronary interventional cardiologist in both public and private settings. He is an accredited TAVI operator at the Alfred Hospital and Cabrini Hospital.

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