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MEDD Live Virtual 2020 Conference

SPEAKERS

1ST – 23RD AUGUST 2020. ONLINE

WEEK 1

1st – 2nd August

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ALEXANDER INCANI

CardioVascular Clinics & Queensland Heart Institute

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
A guided tour of the TAVI revolution, presented by Dr Alex Incani

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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Brendan Bell

CardioVascular Clinics (CVC), St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
New management outcomes for stable coronary artery disease, the Ischaemia trial

Learning Objectives: 
When is revascularisation indicated in stable coronary artery disease.

Abstract:
A contemporary review of the management of stable coronary artery disease with a focus on the Ischaemia Trial.

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Dr Brendan Bell is a founding partner of Cardiovascular Clinics (CVC) and is committed to providing comprehensive quaternary cardiac care. Brendan has special interests in interventional cardiology, and all aspects of clinical cardiology, particularly chest pain assessment, primary and secondary prevention, valvular heart disease, peri-operative
management of cardiac patients and balloon angioplasty for chronic thrombo-embolic disease.

Brendan commenced at The Prince Charles Hospital as Staff interventional cardiologist. Brendan was the Director of the Coronary Care Unit, as well as the Chest Pain Assessment Service from 2013-2017.
Brendan remains active in medical research and has presented and performed live interventional cases for local and international conferences, as well as published numerous articles in the field of interventional cardiology.

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John Hayes

Queensland Cardiovascular Group (QCG)

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Atrial Fibrillation – An update on management options

Learning Objectives:
1. Understanding Atrial Fibrillation.
2. New options for stroke reduction.
3. Atrial Fibrillation Ablation options.

Abstract:
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in our community. It is associated with considerable morbidity in terms of symptomatology, debility and reduced productivity. Newer technologies are available to assist with stroke prevention and symptomatic control of Atrial Fibrillation, perhaps even prognostic benefit in heart failure patients. By focusing on a case study, I intend to review these many evolving options in the management of your patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

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Dr John Hayes is an Electrophysiologist located in Queensland. He is a Director and Founding Member of the Queensland Cardiovascular Group (QCG) and is a Visiting Medical Officer at the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, the Holy Spirit Northside, the Greenslopes Private Hospital, and the Mater Private Hospital.

Dr Hayes has a special interest in the field of cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac arrhythmia management. He was instrumental in the establishment of a leading Cardiac Electrophysiology Service at the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital with Dr Wayne Stafford. This unit has continued to provide leading clinical practice of cardiac electrophysiology testing, curative radiofrequency ablation procedures for arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation ablation. He also leads in the field of cardiac pacemakers and implantable defibrillators (ICD).

Through collaborative partnerships, St. Andrew’s Electrophysiology Service also leads with radiation reduction, having the only installed St Jude Medical MediGuide system in the southern hemisphere and the only Boston Scientific Rhythmia high resolution 3D mapping system in Queensland.

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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.

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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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Yohan Chacko

CardioVascular Clinics (CVC)

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation 1 Title:
Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction – How Technology Helps Drive Treatment

Learning Objectives: 
1. What is microvascular angina?
2. What is coronary vasospasm?
3. How to test for this?
4. Benefits of testing
5. Differences in the management of these conditions

Abstract:
>50% of women with angina referred for coronary angiography have non-obstructive coronary arteries. Most are labelled as non-cardiac chest pain or given an empirical diagnosis of microvascular dysfunction. Progress in research and medical technology have now made it easier to definitively diagnose microvascular angina and coronary vasospasm. Randomised controlled trial results have shown improvements in symptoms and quality of life by performing these invasive tests and making a definitive diagnosis with tailored treatment. Coronary microvascular and vasospasm testing is now available at CardioVascular Clinics.

 

Presentation 2 Title:
Heart Murmurs 101: Assessing the subtle differences in your patients

Learning Objectives: 
1. How to tell common heart murmurs apart.
2. Assess for clinical signs of severity.
3. Aortic & Mitral Stenosis, Aortic & Mitral Regurgitation.
4. Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
5. Tricuspid and Pulmonary murmurs

Abstract:
A summary of common heart murmurs and clinical assessment in daily practice.

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Dr Yohan Chacko is a Clinical and Interventional Cardiologist. He has an interest in all aspects of clinical cardiology, including chest pain assessment, coronary artery & valvular heart disease and peri-operative management of cardiac patients. He performs diagnostic coronary angiography, coronary intervention (stenting) and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

While completing his fellowship at Stanford University, he undertook research in minimally invasive aortic valve therapies and advanced coronary physiology including fractional flow reserve, microvascular dysfunction and myocardial bridge assessment.

He is available in private practice at St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Spring Hill, and CardioVascular Clinics (CVC). 

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Dale Murdoch

The Prince Charles Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation 1 Title:
Dr Dale Murdoch shares his experience performing Valve in Valve TAVI procedures.

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:
PFO’s, do they have a role in 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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Vince Deen

Greenslopes Private Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Syncope: Challenges, diagnosis and treatment options in 2020, presented by Dr Vince Deen

Learning Objectives: 

1. How to manage patients with syncope
2. To identify the “red flags” for patients with syncope who require specialist referral to a Cardiologist with expertise in Arrhythmia management
3. To understand the role of the implantable loop recorder for aiding in diagnosis particularly for patients with unexplained syncope

Abstract: 

Syncope is a common problem accounting for 1% of emergency department presentations, 50% will require hospital admission and 30% leave without a diagnosis. There is a significant cost to the healthcare system and associated morbidity. Targeted history taking and examination with appropriate non-invasive tests are important for diagnosis and management. Additionally, the implantable loop recorder is an important tool for the diagnosis of unexplained syncope.

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Dr Vincent Deen is an Electrophysiologist who currently practices in the Greenslopes Private Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital. Vince has accumulated over 20 years of experience in his field as an experienced cardiologist and specialist electrophysiologist.

He has a special interest and particular expertise in His-Purkinje pacing, a technique that aims to preserve patients’ left ventricular function in the heart. Dr Deen is one of the highest implanters in Australia to perform this technique, accruing more than 300 cases over the last two years and is the primary Cardiologist to regularly perform this procedure in Brisbane.

Vince’s expertise in His-Purkinje pacing has positioned him as a respected proctor in this technique and he is regularly invited to speak at meetings both internationally and nationally. He also has an interest in pulmonary vein cryoablation for atrial fibrillation and has accumulated over 180 cases.

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Jeremy Wright

Hearts 1st

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Cardiac CT: Calcium scoring or CTCA, which test should I do?

Learning Objectives:
What are the key strengths and weaknesses of ct calcium scoring and coronary angiography?
What is the most appropriate test to request for my patient at this point in time?

Abstract:
Coronary calcium scoring has been available for 20 years, and CTCA for ~10 years, and in this time have evolved from villain to hero. This presentation provides an evidence based guide with case reviews on how to best utilise cardiac CT technology for day to day management of patients.

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Dr Jeremy Wright is a Clinical Cardiologist and Echocardiologist located at the Greenslopes Private Hospital and Hearts 1st. He practices clinical cardiology, cardiac catheterisation, and all aspects of echocardiography.

 

Aside from consulting at the Greenslopes Private Hospital and Hearts 1st, Dr Wright also performs CT coronary angiography and cardiac MRI with Queensland X-Ray. He is passionate about providing the highest quality clinical care for his patients.

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Rajan Prashar

Greenslopes Private Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Challenging Cardiology cases, a Cardiologists perspective.

Abstract:
Engaging GPs in teaching ECGs, clinical scenarios and patient management.

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Dr Rajan Prashar is a unique dual specialist in Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine.

He has a special interest in cardiac imaging, including echocardiography, stress imaging (exercise stress echocardiogram, myocardial perfusion scan) and diagnostic coronary angiograms. These angiograms are performed at the Greenslopes Private and St Andrews Ipswich Hospitals.

He consults privately at Greenslopes, Ipswich, Logan and Browns Plains. He is also a Visiting Medical Officer at the Sunnybank Private Hospital, Wesley Hospital and St Andrews Ipswich Hospital.

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Saibal Guha

Belmont Private Hospital, Brisbane 

Psychiatry

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Pathway to care for adult ADHD in private practice: Analysis of issues and pitfalls in service delivery

Learning Objectives:
Improving knowledge of the participants in regards to the pathway to care aspects of managing Adult ADHD

 

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Dr Saibal Guha is currently in Private Practice at MARSAI Clinic, Belmont Private Hospital at Brisbane since 2011. His area of expertise in Adult Psychiatry with a special interest in Adult ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders, including Neuropsychiatry, complex mood and anxiety disorders. He trained in Psychiatry in India and attained his psychiatric qualifications in 1998, while working with Indian Navy. He came to Australia in 2004, completed his FRANZCP in 2006 and worked extensively in public mental health services in South Australia and Queensland in various clinical and administrative positions. He is also affiliated with UQ and Griffith University.

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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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Mugurel Nicolae

Mater Health Brisbane

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Managing Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in adults with congenital heart disease in 2020, presented by Dr Mugurel Nicolae

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Dr Nicolae has been a staff specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane since his return from overseas in 2008. He commenced Private Practice at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital in 2009. In 2016, he joined the Cardiology Department at the Mater Adults Hospital in Brisbane on a part time basis. 
Dr Nicolae practices equally in Adult Congenital Heart Disease and General cardiology, with a particular interest in Echocardiography, Pulmonary Hypertension and Obstetric Cardiology. He was the Cardiology Program Education Co-ordinator until recently at The Prince Charles Hospital and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, School of Medicine.
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Paul klaassen

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Current treatments for Aortic Stenosis: Listen, Suspect and Refer

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss the aetiology and prognosis of Aortic Stenosis
2. Be Able to outline the diagnostic modalities and management options for patients with Aortic Stenosis
3. Describe the following strategies for treating aortic stenosis:
a. Medical Management
b. Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement
c. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.
4. Review contemporary clinical trial evidence supporting Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.

Abstract:

Aortic Stenosis increases with ageing and is associated with certain cardiovascular risk factors. Primary care practitioners need to be aware of the symptom complex associated with this condition which progresses rapidly once the long latency period is complete. The condition remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Cardiac auscultation is the first step in diagnosis. Doppler echocardiography is the primary technique recommended for diagnosis by The European Society of Cardiology and timely referral for this procedure is essential. A multidisciplinary Heart Team; is essential for optimising treatment decisions for patients with advanced aortic stenosis. This Heart Team can optimise risk stratification and ensure appropriate treatment for all patients. Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation has made great strides in the improvement of the treatment of advanced aortic stenosis – initially in patients unsuitable for open heart surgery, but also more recently as an alternative to open heart surgery with significant clinical benefits as a result of being a less invasive procedure. The Partner trials have demonstrated this in a statistical fashion. The Sapien 3 study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine in May of 2019 suggested a 46% reduction in death, stroke or rehospitalisation in low-risk patients undergoing a balloon-expandable aortic valve implantation when compared with a surgically-implanted valve with a trend to improved all-cause mortality at 1 year also. Quality of life scores are also substantially improved at 1 month and there remains a statistically significant improvement at 12 months.

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Paul is an Interventional Cardiologist located in the Gold Coast and is the founder of Cardiac Care Associates and his clinical interests include structural cardiac intervention, valvuloplasty, percutaneous valve implantation and complex coronary intervention.

His cardiac training was completed at The Royal Brisbane Hospital and at The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane. He undertook a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at The University Of Minnesota (USA), followed by a further fellowship in interventional procedures for structural heart disease.

Upon returning to Australia, he became the first Interventional Cardiologist on the Gold Coast to perform Mitral Valvuplasty and the first to perform ASD And PFO closures under Intracardiac Echo guidance.

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Nigel Pinto

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside

Vascular Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Advancements and Evidence in the Management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Abstract:
– Introduction to venous disease and disease progression
– Technology review
– Case in a box: case selection and procedure steps
– Post procedural patient management
– Q&A

Learning Outcomes:
Disease overview and progression
Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency and management options
Chronic venous insufficiency diagnosis and patient classification

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Dr Nigel Pinto was raised in Brisbane and attained a Bachelor of Medical Science at QUT. He proceeded to the University of Queensland receiving two memorial prizes on graduation with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Dr Pinto has endeavoured to remain at the forefront of new techniques and specialty innovation attending both national and international expert-led forums.

Dr Pinto consulted at the following Hospitals in Queensland: St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba, North West Private Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Sunnybank Private Hospital.

Areas of Interest:
– Aortic aneurysmal and occlusive disease
– Minimally invasive treatment of lower limb occlusive disease
– Diabetic foot disease
– Minimally invasive treatment of venous disease
– Renal access

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Claire Muller

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Neurology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Detection and Management of Atrial Fibrillation in the Stroke Patient

Abstract:
Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is a well-recognised cause of the most disabling acute ischaemic strokes. It is clear that initiating anticoagulation reduces the risk of cardioembolic stroke. Evidence and technology have evolved in recent years to greatly improve our ability to detect PAF. In this presentation, we will explore modern methods of PAF detection and their potential benefit in the reduction of stroke.

Learning Outcomes:
Atrial fibrillation is a significant cause of severe disabling strokes – once found, anticoagulation makes a difference.
Guidelines have changed and prolonged cardiac monitoring to try and detect paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in the stroke patient, is now a standard of care.

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Dr Claire Muller is a Neurologist and Stroke Specialist seeking to improve stroke services across the state of Queensland and Australia, from her base at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH).

She is a member of the Stroke Foundation Clinical Council as a representative of the Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA) and have been elected to the SSA committee twice over the last 2 years. She has multiple teaching roles through her work at the RBWH and her affiliation with the University of Queensland. She enjoys providing education in stroke medicine to people of all backgrounds to increase the broader awareness of stroke as a medical emergency for which there are now significant improvements in acute therapy and secondary prevention.

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Ben Jansen

Cannabis Doctors Australia

General Practice

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis

Abstract:
Medicinal Cannabis is indicated for a number of conditions and its popularity as a natural alternative has continued to grow. Medicinal Cannabis doesn’t work for all patients, but for some patients it is life changing. Prescription can feel daunting initially however following simple guidance can make it easy for each clinician.

Learning Outcomes:
Learning about THC and CBD prescription and management.

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Dr Nigel Pinto was raised in Brisbane and attained a Bachelor of Medical Science at QUT. He proceeded to the University of Queensland receiving two memorial prizes on graduation with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Dr Pinto completed his residency years in the major surgical in vascular surgery in secondments both locally at the Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals and overseas in New Zealand. During this period Dr Pinto attained specialist skills in open and minimally invasive endovascular techniques for both arterial and venous disease along with renal access work. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Vascular Surgery and commenced working as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital in 2017. Dr Pinto has endeavoured to remain at the forefront of new techniques and specialty innovation attending both national and international expert-led forums. He has published multiple times himself, been awarded competitive national and international meetings. Dr Pinto currently holds the academic positions of Chief Clinical Scientist at the Herston Biofabrication Institute and Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland.

Areas of Interest:
– Aortic aneurysmal and occlusive disease
– Minimally invasive treatment of lower limb occlusive disease
– Diabetic foot disease
– Minimally invasive treatment of venous disease
– Renal access

WEEK 2

8th – 9th August

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Craig Juergens

Liverpool Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
My patient is undergoing PCI with atrial fibrillation, how to manage their triple antithrombotic therapy?

 

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After basic Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, A/Prof Juergens completed an Interventional Fellowship at Stanford University, California and came back to Australia in 1997 to establish the coronary interventional service at Liverpool hospital. Liverpool hospital has subsequently become a centre of training for interventional Cardiologists.

As well as training numerous Australian Fellows, Doctors from China, England, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia and Myanmar have learnt coronary interventional techniques under the supervision of Craig and his colleagues. In addition Craig has demonstrated PCI techniques in centres in Taiwan, China, Myanmar, Vietnam and Fiji.

Apart from his interest in Interventional Cardiology, he has a major interest in acute coronary syndromes and has been involved in a large number of multicentre, multinational clinical trials. He has been invited to speak at a number of local and international meetings. He has been author of over 70 peer reviewed papers in Local and International Journals and he continues as an active clinician in the Department of Cardiology at Liverpool hospital, as well as providing support for the interventional Cardiology program at Orange Base hospital.

He provides a consultative service in the rooms in Moore street and performs coronary interventions including ASD/PFO closures both at Liverpool public hospital and Sydney Southwest Private hospital.

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James Morton

ICON Cancer Care, St Andrew’s Ipswich, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Haematology

PRESENTATION

Presentation One:
Iron: Not enough and too much of a good thing

 Abstract:
This talk will outline normal iron metabolism, the investigation and treatment of iron deficiency, investigation of ferritin elevation and treatment of iron overload.

 

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James graduated from University Queensland with first class honours and university medal in 1988. He trained in Haematology at RBWH before undertaking a fellowship in Seattle. He returned to Australia in 1998 joining ICON Cancer Care (then HOCA) and the RBWH Leukaemia and Bone marrow transplant service.

James practices at ICON South Brisbane and Chermside, visits St Andrews at Ipswich and RBWH, and consults at Tarragindi. He admits patients to the Mater Private and Greenslopes Hospitals. In 1999 he instigated the World’s Greatest Shave for a Cure and in 2005 with his wife Louise started the AEIOU Foundation for children with autism.

He is a clinical Associate Professor at Griffith University and has published more than 60 papers. His work has been recognised through an Honorary Doctor of the University (Griffith U), Vice Chancellors Alumnus of the Year (UQ), Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and Queensland Great (2020).

 

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Rahn Ilsar

Bayview Cardiology, St George Private Hospital, Prince of Wales
Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Demystifying Management of Atrial Fibrillation in 2020, using new technologies to treat an
old problem, presented by Dr Rahn Islar

Learning Outcomes:
Steps of managing likely Atrial Fibrillation:
1. Confirm AF
2. Risk of stroke: anticoagulate
3. Disease phase
4. Aetiology
5. Rhythm vs Rate

Abstract:
Key steps outlined in the management of outpatient presentations of Atrial Fibrillation

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Rahn graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1998 and worked as a junior medical officer at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

He completed his cardiology training through the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Network and his PhD in Medicine through the University of Sydney. With the aim of specialising in electrophysiology, Rahn undertook 3 years of specialist training split equally between the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, USA.

Rahn is a visiting medical officer (VMO) in cardiac electrophysiology at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick and at the St George Hospital in Kogarah (where he has established a dedicated Arrhythmia Clinic).

Rahn consults at Bayview Cardiology: 
Suite 8, Level 3, 19 Kensington Street, Kogarah NSW 2217

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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

 

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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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Imran Kassam

Macquarie University Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 

Arrhythmias: Detection and Management in 2020

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Dr Imran Kassam is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Cardiac Health Institute and Macquarie University Hospital. He completed his training, specialising in cardiology, at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. His study in cardiology incorporated fellowships in heart failure, transplantation, electrophysiology and device therapy.

He specialises in patients with heart failure, syncope, palpitations, chest pain and arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. He is also heavily involved in routine checks for risk factor modification. Dr Kassam also consults at Macquarie Heart, Suite 203, Level 2, Macquarie University Clinic.

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Calvin Hsieh

Hurstville Private Hospital and St George Public Hospital Sydney

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Managing the challenging syncope patient in General Practice

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the magnitude of syncope within Australia
2. Provide insights into the latest guidelines for the diagnosis of syncope
3. Risk factors for the identification of patients with unexplained syncope 
4. Provide guidance for the diagnosis of a patient with unexplained syncope 
5. Provide strategies to improve the efficiency of the syncope diagnostic pathway

Abstract:
Syncope is significant and often under-recognized healthcare issue. In General Practice, syncope patients often present as faints, fits, funny turns, blackouts, or falls. Approx. 10% of syncope is due to underlying cardiac causes. These patients have an increased mortality rate. In addition, one-third of patients will experience unexplained syncope despite investigation. A significant portion of these patients will have an undiagnosed cardiac cause or may experience recurrent syncope events. The diagnostic pathway for these patients is often unclear, associated with repeat testing and consultations across many specialties. This talk will review the latest Syncope Guidelines as a framework to identify cardiac syncope risk factors and strategies to more efficiently diagnose unexplained syncope. 

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Dr. Calvin Hsieh has a strong sub-specialist interest in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and device implantations and spent further time training in a major combined tertiary and quaternary referral hospital in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hsieh has a strong research interest in electrophysiology, with a philosophy that research will help move this field and thus have a dramatic effect on the health outcomes of his patients. 

He won the Ralph Reader Award for his research, awarded by combined Australia and New Zealand Cardiac Society. He continues along this vein, with further research projects exploring multiple aspects of cardiac electrophysiology. 

Dr Hsieh consults at St George Private and Public, Hurstville Private, and The Cardiac Centres’ Wollongong and Shellharbour practices. Dr Hsieh performs procedures at St George Public and Hurstville Private.

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Peter Heathcote

Brisbane Urology Clinic

Urology

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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PETER BURKE

Brisbane Urology Clinic

Urology

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 Peter Burke is a Urologist at Brisbane Urology Clinic with a special interest in Robotic and laparoscopic kidney surgery for cancer, minimally invasive kidney surgery for stones and PUJ obstruction, and complex kidney stone surgery.

He also consults at Greenslopes Private Hospital, Sunnybank Private Hospital, Sunnybank Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital, and Coopers Plains Hillcrest Private Hospital. 

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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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Daniel Walker

Specialist Services Medical Group

General Surgery

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation One:
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 Two:
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 Walker is a Specialist Laparoscopic General Surgeon with Sub-Specialist Training in Benign Upper GI and Bariatric surgery. This includes surgery for weight loss, gastroesophageal reflux (GORD), hiatal hernia, gallbladder, abdominal hernias, skin cancer including flap reconstruction and skin grafting, and surgical and interventional endoscopy. 

Dr Dan consults at Specialist Services Medical Group in North Lakes, St Vincent’s Northside and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. 

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ANDREAS OBERMAIR

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, 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 the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital. His mission is to make surgery more humane, kinder and not compromise on the effectiveness of treatment either.

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Tomos Walters

Queensland Cardiovascular Group

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation Title:
PVC Ablation and PVC Induced Cardiomyopathy

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Dr Tomos Walters gained his medical degree with first class honors from The University of Melbourne, in addition to a Bachelor of Medical Science in medical virology. He undertook a clinical fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a PhD studying the electrical mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation at the University of Melbourne under the mentorship of Professors Jonathan Kalman and Peter Kistler.

Dr Walters moved to San Francisco where he successively held roles as a post-doctoral research fellow, a clinical
Fellow and then an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of California San Francisco. There his research interests continued to be persistent atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy induced by ventricular ectopic beats. He published extensively in leading cardiology journals, has published multiple book chapters and has frequently presented at international conferences.

In 2019 Dr Walters returned to Australia, initially to a staff specialist position at the Prince Charles Hospital and now as a cardiologist and electrophysiologist with QCG. His clinical interests include catheter ablation of complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.

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Sunny Lee

St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital

Gastroenterology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Optimising Gastrointestinal care through Quality Endoscopy, changes to guidelines and treatment in 2020

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:
Screening for gynaecological malignancies

Learning Objectives: 

1. Learn about recent /new development in Gynae cancer treatments
2. How to screen patients for gynaecological cancers
3. When to refer and how early referral is beneficial for improved outcomes

Abstract: 

Aim of any Screening is To detect disease among healthy asymptomatic patients with a Purpose to Decrease Morbidity/ Mortality.

They aim to detect diseases at an early stage, before any symptoms become noticeable. This has the advantage of being able to treat the disease much earlier.

A screening test is performed as a preventative measure – to detect a potential health problem or disease in someone that doesn’t yet have signs or symptoms. The purpose of screening is early detection; helping to reduce the risk of disease, or to detect a condition early enough to treat it most effectively.

The Presentation aims to make Practitioners aware of the recent changes in cervical screening, available tests for various gynaecological malignancies and when to refer a patient to a gynae oncologist to improve patient outcome.

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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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JonathAn Rice

Capital Coast Surgery

General Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Advancements and Evidence in the Management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Abstract:

– Introduction to venous disease and disease progression
– Technology review
– Case in a box: case selection & procedure steps
– Post procedural patient management
– Q&A

Learning Outcomes:
Disease overview and progression
Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency and management options
Chronic venous insufficiency diagnosis and patient classification

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Dr. Rice has had a varied career as a successful General Surgeon. 

Whilst Senior Lecturer within the Department of Vascular Surgery at the University of Oxford, Dr. Rice was offered and accepted a Consultant position in Vascular and General Surgery in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. In this idyllic location, he practiced true general surgery and was incredibly busy. He also took the opportunity to attend training in minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins. Dr. Rice moved back to Australia in 2008 and spent 10 years in rural practice.

He has done thousands of endovenous procedures for varicose veins and is one of the most experienced practitioners with the use of endovenous laser and radiofrequency ablation for venous incompetence disease. His background in venous surgery gives him scope to employ all techniques necessary to manage primary and recurrent varicose veins. He has relocated to Canberra fulltime and divides his practice between venous disease and general surgery.

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Charley Zheng

Adora Fertility

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Professional Development: What’s new in fertility 2020 and beyond?

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand what IVF is and it’s risks in pregnancy
2. Provide an update on anatomical abnormalities and PCOS related infertility 
3. Review new fertility treatment options and have a basic understanding

Abstract:
Sub-fertility is increasingly common and fertility treatments are on the rise. This talk is aimed at GP’s who want a quickfire update on fertility and recent changes: new data is challenging the previous paradigms of treatment. Evolving technologies may have new promises, but are they the panacea that they make out to be? What does the everyday GP need to know about fertility preservation? And lastly, after 40 years since the first IVF baby, are we now getting more safety data on assisted reproductive treatments? 

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Passionate about reproductive medicine and high-risk obstetric care, Dr. Zheng feels closely connected to couples’ desire for children. While starting his own family and now raising three children of his own, he developed a deep understanding of the challenges and high emotion that’s attached to fertility, pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. After obtaining his medical degree at The University of NSW, Dr. Zheng went on to complete his specialist obstetrics training at the renowned Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. He took a special interest in high-risk pregnancies and helped deliver healthy babies referred from all over Australia. Throughout his accomplished fertility career, Dr. Zheng has built on his experience in advanced laparoscopy which has allowed him to assist hundreds of women with fertility issues including polyps, fibroids, endometriosis, and hydrosalpinges. Dr. Zheng is also highly qualified in analyzing women’s specialist ultrasounds. This means
he’s better equipped to help his patients make quick and appropriate decisions when it matters most.

Due to his extensive training in all aspects of internal medicine, reproductive medicine, laparoscopic surgery, ultrasound, and ongoing pregnancy care, Dr. Zheng takes a comprehensive, holistic approach when caring for his patients. But while he’s focussed on the details he’s equally compassionate and approachable and finds great reward in helping women tackle even the most challenging fertility concerns and issues.

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David Colquhoun

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

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation One:
Preventative Cardiology: 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


Presentation Two:
Managing Cholesterol: A Practical Clinical Guide in 2020

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

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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.

WEEK 3

15th – 16th August

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Heath Adams

Royal Hobart Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
TAVI in 2020: Not Just for High-Risk Patients

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 ageing 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 an 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.

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Matthew Brooks

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 

Aortic Stenosis,  from diagnosis to management presented by Dr Matthew Brooks.

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Dr Matthew Brooks is an Interventional Cardiologist located in Melbourne, Victoria. He consults at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and also practices at Melbourne Private and John Fawkner Private Hospitals. 

Dr Brooks’ expertise is in complex percutaneous coronary artery intervention including chronic total occlusions, left main PCI and rotational atherectomy. He has a special interest in structural heart disease intervention including transcatheter aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair/replacement, percutaneous left atrial appendage closure, device closure of interatrial defects, and paravalvular leak closure.

In 2019 at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Brooks broke new ground performing the first BASILICA operation in Australia. The surgery uses a technique developed in the USA that prevents coronary artery obstruction, a rare but often fatal complication during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

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Nay Htun

 Alfred Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATIONS

Presentation One:

Strokes and PFO’s, managing these complex patients

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.

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Presentation Two:

Where does TAVI fit into managing  low-risk  Aortic Stenosis patients

Learning Outcomes:

The evidence behind TAVI in low-risk patients,  patient selection and the future directions in Australia.

Abstract:

Evidence, landmark trials and controversies of TAVI 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 PhD 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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Colin Machado

Melbourne Heart Care and Monash Heart, Monash Medical Centre

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Managing risk of stroke in patients with Atrial Fibrillation, presented by Dr Colin Machado

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Dr Colin Machado is a Cardiologist 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 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.

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Andrei Catanchin

Epworth Hospital, Richmond

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Atrial Fibrillation Management in 2020

Abstract:
All aspects of contemporary AF management will be covered including current best practice guidelines followed by ample time for discussion and Q&A.

Learning Outcomes: 

1)Understand the basics of AF management to prevent complications and optimise patient care:

  1. Anticoagulation
  2. Rate control
  3. Rhythm control

B) Formulate a simple strategy to apply in newly diagnosed AF

C) Determine which patients may benefit from cardiologist/EP input

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Dr Andrei Catanchin is a cardiologist (electrophysiologist) specialising in arrhythmia management.

This includes anti-arrhythmic drugs, cardiac devices (pacemakers, ICDs, loop recorders) and catheter ablation for arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, SVT and he has specific expertise with anticoagulation/NOACs and cryoballoon ablation for AF.

Dr Catanchin’s practice is based at Epworth Hospital in Richmond but he also consults at Knox and Lower Templestowe, is accredited at a number of other hospitals in Melbourne, and continues to offer telehealth consultations given the ongoing COVID-19 situation. He is always happy to be contacted directly by GPs for advice.

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Paul West

St Andrew’s Hospital Ipswich and Wesley Hospital

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Detect and Protect: Electrocardiograms and Medical Management in Atrial Fibrillation

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Dr Paul West is a University of Queensland graduate and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1992.  He then completed a Doctorate of Medicine in 1998 and concurrently trained in Electrophysiology and Pacing at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. 

He commenced private practice in Brisbane and public practice at RBWH (where he helped set up the current EP Lab) and later at The Prince Charles Hospital.  Dr West practices as a cardiologist with a special interest in Electrophysiology and Pacing.  He performs all catheter ablations and insertion of implantable cardiac electronic devices.

 

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Domenic Robinson

St Vincent’s Private Kew

Vascular Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Advancements and Evidence in the Management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Learning Objectives:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency disease overview.
  • How to identify symptoms of disease progression and potential “at risk” patients for severe CVI or ulcers
  • Advancements and evidence in the management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Abstract:
Overview of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, management and disease progression. Identifying early symptoms of progressive CVI in potential “at risk” patients. Treatment options and evidence based methods to manage this progressive disease state.

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Dr. Domenic Robinson is a Melbourne trained Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon. He is an expert in the full spectrum of arterial and venous problems. Domenic graduated from Monash University with honors in 2004. He performed at an exceptional standard and was awarded a number of prizes including the Australian Medical Association prize for the highest aggregate mark in the final year examinations. Domenic completed his internship at the Alfred Hospital in 2005 and then took a year off from medicine to travel around the world. Domenic returned to Australia and worked at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney gaining experience in a broad range of surgical specialties. Domenic entered into the Vascular Surgery training program inspired by this complex, challenging specialty, which has evolved to embrace state of the art technology to achieve better patient outcomes with fewer complications. During his Vascular Surgery training Domenic had the privilege of being trained by local and international experts in open and endovascular surgery. His training posts included Geelong Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Austin Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Epworth Hospital. Domenic is highly skilled in open vascular surgery and minimally invasive endovascular procedures. He has embraced the latest advances in technology and has incorporated innovative new techniques into his practice to achieve the best outcome for his patients. Domenic’s philosophy is to utilize the least invasive but most effective treatment option available. By utilising minimally invasive procedures conditions such as varicose veins, blocked or narrowed arteries and arterial aneurysms can be managed with shorter hospital stays and less risk of major complications. In situations where open surgery is the optimal treatment strategy Dr Robinson has the skills to perform these operations safely and effectively. Domenic prides himself on patient communication, which enables him to comprehensively assess your symptoms and the impact they are having on your quality of life. Your diagnosis will be explained in a manner that can be easily understood and questions are encouraged. Finally, treatments options will be discussed including the risks and benefits of the various options. Management decisions are then made as a partnership, which ensures that there is a clear path to improvement in your health and wellbeing.

Domenic has developed a special interest and expertise in the following areas of vascular surgery:

  • Venous disease
  • Minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins
  • Intervention for acute deep venous thrombosis
  • Stenting chronic venous occlusions Aortic aneurysms
  • Complex endovascular aortic aneurysm repair with branched and fenestrated stents
  • Advanced endovascular techniques for limb salvage in critical limb ischaemia
  • Diabetic feet
  • Comprehensive management of diabetic foot problems including wound care, revascularization, corrective surgery and reconstruction.
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Advanced endovascular techniques for limb salvage in critical limb ischaemia
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Joseph Hockley

Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital

Vascular Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Advancements and Evidence in the Management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Learning Objectives:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency disease overview.
  • How to identify symptoms of disease progression and potential “at risk” patients for severe CVI or ulcers
  • Advancements and evidence in the management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Abstract:
Overview of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, management and disease progression. Identifying early symptoms of progressive CVI in potential “at risk” patients. Treatment options and evidence based methods to manage this progressive disease state.

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Joe is a Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon with over 10 years of clinical experience in the field. He graduated medicine from the University of Newcastle in 2002 and went on to complete his FRACS – Vascular, from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014. His clinical training included positions at RPA Hospital Sydney, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh and The Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane. He is currently a Consultant Vascular and Endovascular surgeon and Supervisor of Training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and consults privately at the Hollywood Specialist Centre. He is accredited at Hollywood Private Hospital, St John of God, Subiaco and The Mount Hospitals. He provides the Vascular Surgery service to Perth Children’s Hospital and King Edwards Memorial Hospital. Joe has extensive experience and an interest in the minimally invasive (endovascular) treatment of complex aortic and peripheral vascular disease, along with a particular interest in foot ulcers and diabetic feet. He is also very experienced in the treatment of Thoracic Outlet syndrome.

 

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Raelia Lew

Women’s Health Melbourne

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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 and 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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Jai Raman

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne & Austin Hospital

Cardiothoracic Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation One Title:
Cardiac Surgery – the future is here!

 

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Professor Jai Raman is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon located in Melbourne at the St Vincent’s Hospital, Austin Hospital and Warringal Private Hospital. He has over 20 years of clinical and operative experience as a consultant and attending surgeon in Australia, India and USA.

Professor Raman has performed over 6000 cardiac operations and 1000 thoracic operations and specialises in heart failure, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complex valve repair and aortic surgery, and arterial grafting in coronary surgery and arrhythmia surgery.

Jai is passionate about new technology and its adoption. As well as, exploring less invasive approaches to managing cardiovascular disease. He has strong research interests in dynamic chemical imaging, device safety, innovative treatments of valvular heart disease, and plate fixation of the sternum and ribs.

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Eugene Kotlyar

St Vincent’s Hospitals, Sydney

Cardiology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Heart failure, current treatment and therapy options in 2020, presented by Dr Eugene Kotlyar

Learning Outcomes:
The audience will be able to recall the causes of heart failure, the diagnostic algorithm, medical management as well as the currently available advanced therapies for severe heart failure.

Abstract:
Heart Failure is a complex syndrome that affects over 38 million people worldwide. It results in significant morbidity and mortality. Over the last three decades, there have been significant advances in the diagnosis, medical and device management of this condition.

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Dr Eugene Kotlyar is a Senior Staff Cardiologist in Heart Failure, Cardiac transplantation and Pulmonary hypertension at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and Notre Dame. He is a general cardiologist in private practice at St Vincent’s clinic and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. In addition, he is an immediate past president and founding member of the Pulmonary Hypertension Society of Australia and New Zealand.

He completed his undergraduate degree in medicine at the University of Sydney and basic physician training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He undertook advanced training in cardiology in St Vincent’s Hospital and then Echocardiography fellowship at Prince of Wales Hospital.

Eugene enrolled in a combined clinical and research cardiomyopathy fellowship at Boston University with Professor Wilson Colucci. Based on the work performed in Boston, he was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree on the role of aldosterone in cardiac remodelling in 2007.

More recently, he completed a Master degree in Pulmonary Vascular Diseases at the University of Bologna with Professor Nazzareno Galie in 2009 and a Sabbatical in Paris with Dr Olivier Sitbon in 2011.

His current interests are the role of Exercise Right Heart Catheterisation in diagnosis and management of patients with Heart Failure, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Chronic Thrombo-embolic Pulmonary Hypertension.

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Marcus Stoodley

Macquarie Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Cranial nerve hyperfunction, diagnosis and treatment in 2020, presented by Professor Marcus Stoodley

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Professor Marcus Stoodley is a Neurosurgeon located in New South Wales. Professor Stoodley’s clinical subspecialty qualification is in neurovascular surgery. In addition to managing aneurysms and vascular malformations, he has become an Australian leader in cerebral bypass surgery, especially in the treatment of moyamoya disease and other occlusive disorders. In addition to his neurovascular expertise, Professor Stoodley is recognised internationally for clinical management of Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and spinal cord tumours.

In addition to his clinical interests, Professor Stoodley heads the neurosurgery research team at Macquarie University. This is one of the largest neurosurgery research groups in Australasia, with world-leading research efforts in syringomyelia and CSF physiology, and in the development of new treatments for brain AVMs. This work has attracted over $3 million in research funding, including support from Australia’s major medical research funding body the NHMRC and The Column of Hope, a US-based organisation dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of syringomyelia. He has produced more than 100 publications and has supervised over 15 research students. He has delivered over 70 invited lectures at national and international scientific meetings. In 2012, Professor Stoodley was awarded the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the premier surgical research award of the RACS.

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Devini Ameratunga

Brisbane City Fertility Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Adjuvant treatments in fertility for patients undergoing assisted reproductive regimes

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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Renee Squires

BloodGroup – ICON Cancer Care

Haematology

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Approach to the patient with a thromboembolism. Thrombophilia workup and treatment.

Learning Objectives:

1) Identifying pateints who are suitable for a thrombophillia screen
2) Corrently interpreting the results in the era of new anticoagulation medication
3) Length and type of appropriate anticoagulation for patients with a thrombus

Abstract:

Identifying those patients in who a thrombophillia workup would benefit.
Updated treatment guidelines on treatment type and length of patients who may have an identifed risk factor for thrombosis.

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Dr Renee Squires is a clinical haematologist consulting at Icon Cancer Centre Southport. In 2008, she completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at James Cook University and then commenced specialist training in haematology, bone marrow transplantation and haematology pathology at Townsville Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Sullivan and Nicolaides Pathology. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA).

Dr Squires is experienced in caring for a wide range of haematological conditions, both malignant and non-malignant, including leukaemia, lymphoma, myelodysplasia, myeloproliferative disorders, myeloma, haemoglobinopathies and thrombosis. She also has experience in managing obstetric haematology, clotting and bleeding disorders. In addition to her practice at Icon Southport, Dr Squires also consults at Bryants Road Specialist Centre in Logan and Icon Cancer Centre in South Brisbane.

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VYTAURAS KUZINKOVAS

St George Public and Private Hospitals, Sydney

General Surgery

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Weightloss Surgery/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 a 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), ant-reflux surgery, hernia, gallbladder surgery and radical resections for the gastric and esophageal malignancies.

WEEK 4

22nd – 23rd August

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Dr Simon Kos

CEO, Next Practice

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:
Compassionate, connected, convenient care

Abstract:
Opening a medical practice can be a daunting step. Business and technology aren’t covered in medical school. It’s a moving target too. Our modern digital society expects more, and care needs to shift from treating sickness episodically to promoting health and wellness. Next Practice offers an alternative model to figuring it out yourself, or working for someone else. Learn how to de-risk the opening and running of your clinic with support from a national brand that provides business services and technology. Focus your valuable time and effort where it matters – delivering great patient care, and building a world class team and culture.

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Dr Simon Kos, MBBS, BSc(Med), MBA

Simon is CEO at Next Practice, responsible for driving the rapid expansion of a new generation of
medical clinics across the country. He has a passion for digital transformation in health, and believes
that technology can create better outcomes for patients, providers, and health clinics.

Simon is an AHPRA registered medical practitioner with 18 years’ experience in digital health. He has
been involved in some of Australia’s largest digital health initiatives working with software giants
Intersystems, Cerner and Microsoft. Previously he was the global chief medical officer for Microsoft,
based in Seattle USA, and worked internationally with the world’s largest health providers and
innovative software companies to drive innovation, emerging trends and new models of care. He is
the past co-chair of the Global Commission to End the Diagnostic Odyssey for Children with a Rare
Disease.

Before entering the world of digital health, Simon practiced medicine for years in Sydney public
hospitals with a focus on critical care. He has an MBBS from UNSW and an MBA with a major in
change management from AGSM.

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Martin Moore

CEO, Your CEO Mentor

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title:

Creating a High Performance Culture with Martin Moore

 

What you’ll learn…

1. What a high performance culture actually looks like 

2. How to identify if you have the right people in your team

3. Challenge / Coach / Confront – the leaders essential toolkit 

 

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From university drop out to CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, Martin forged a successful 30+ year career working for a range of major businesses across multiple industries.

He demonstrated career agility before it was trendy, holding senior executive roles in Sales and Marketing, Finance, Strategy, and IT.

Best known as the CEO who turned around CS Energy, he led his team to implement sustainable culture change, driving EBITDA from $18m to $441m, a compound annual growth rate of 125%.

Martin is now pursuing his true purpose; to improve the quality of leaders globally, each week reaching tens of thousands of leaders in over 70 countries with his chart-topping, 5-star rated podcast ‘No Bullsh!t Leadership’.

A life-long learner with insatiable curiosity, Martin holds an MBA from the QUT Graduate School of Business, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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A/Professor Michael Greco

Founder and CEO, CFEP Surveys

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Using Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) as a significant component of your CPD requirements

Abstract:

  • The Medical Board of Australia(MBA) is revamping Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through its Professional Performance Framework to ensure that all Medical Colleges align their CPD framework to 50 hours per year, and that at least 25% of activity must fall within each of 3 categories – educational activities, reviewing performance and measuring outcomes.
  • In light of this, Michael Greco will provide an overview of Multi-Source Feedback (MSF), a highly recommended activity as outlined in the MBA’s Professional Performance Framework.
  • MSF includes three aspects:
    1. Structured Patient Feedback (focuses on communication/interpersonal skills and is a ‘measuring outcomes’ activity).
    2. Structured Colleague feedback (focuses on professionalism, and is a ‘reviewing performance’ activity)
    3. Self-assessment.
  • A key component of MSF is self-reflection on the results to enable personal and professional development, and best practice involves discussion of your results with a trusted colleague.

 

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Michael Greco (PhD,  BTheol, GDipT,  GAICD) is the founder and CEO of CFEP Surveys, a company which pioneered the use of patient-based feedback instruments in both Australia and the United Kingdom.  He is an immensely well respected healthcare academic, and his work has been instrumental in the development of robust patient and colleague feedback mechanisms as a platform for improving patient care. 

Michael is also the founder and CEO of Care Opinion Australia (formerly Patient Opinion), a not-for-profit public online feedback platform. He is a Director of Health Leaders Australia and a former Director of a number of other not-for-profit Boards including CheckUP Australia (formerly General Practice Queensland) and Change Day Australia.  He holds a professorial post with the School of Medicine, Griffith University, and an honorary senior research fellow post at the University of Exeter (UK).  His academic background focused on healthcare, evaluation and clinical pastoral education, and includes a PhD in medical education and a Bachelor of Theology.

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Jeanette Jifkins

Principal Lawyer, Onyx Legal

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Cover Your Ass Online: Australian Privacy Principles, AHPRA & Your Online Presence

 

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Jeanette Jifkins is the author of international best selling book “Cover Your Arse Online: A Guide to Protecting Your Online Business Assets” and has interests in a variety of online ventures.

Jeanette’s writing and presentation styles are relate-able, entertaining  and inspiring, providing audiences with valuable steps toward their success.

As an Ambassador for Men’s Mental Health, Jeanette is Chair of the Board of On the Line Australia Ltd, the social enterprise behind MensLine Australia.

She’s the Principal of Onyx Online Law, practising primarily in the areas of general commercial and corporate law, with a focus on working with businesses in the digital space.

Having lived on three continents and being a prolific reader, Jeanette brings the wealth of her experience to inspire and challenge her audience to expand their views of the world we live in.

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Dr Carrie Rainbow

Director and Clinical Psychologist, Mindcheck HP

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Coping with Stress and Uncertainty – Support for Healthcare Professionals

 

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Carrie is a founding director and clinical psychologist at MINDCHECK Health Professionals. She has
been a practicing psychologist for over 13-years and has worked in the private practice setting since
2008.

Prior to her current role, she was a co-founding director of a large private practice and a senior
psychologist and acting Director of a not-for-profit and training clinic. Through her years of clinical
and supervisory practice, she developed a passion for the wellbeing of health professionals and has
now dedicated her practice to this area.

Carrie has particular interest and experience in depressive and anxiety disorders, stress and burnout,
adjustment issues, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues, perfectionism, eating disorders, and
trauma. In addition to individual psychological therapy, she provides group programs, supervision,
and workshops and seminars to health organisations on a range of topics relevant to health
professional wellbeing.

Carrie completed her Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland.
She is an endorsed clinical psychology supervisor and has contributed to the supervision and training
of postgraduate clinical psychology students, Clinical Psychology Registrars program, and fellow
clinicians. She has also been involved in clinical research both as an assistant and investigator and
has been a guest lecturer and Honorary Lecturer for the UQ School of Psychology.

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Dr Amy Kwan

Director and Clinical Psychologist, Mindcheck HP

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Coping with Stress and Uncertainty – Support for Healthcare Professionals

 

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Dr Amy Kwan is a Founding Partner and Director of MINDCHECK Health Professionals (HP), a private practice exclusively focused on providing psychological services to health practitioners.

Amy provides psychological treatment to health professionals across disciplines and stages of careers. She has a special interest in the treatment of self-esteem-related issues, workplace burnout, perfectionism, post-traumatic stress, and
performance-based anxiety.

Amy collaborates with health organisations to promote the importance of psychological wellness amongst health carers. She is currently working with the Mater Mother’s Hospital in training medical and nursing staff on post-event debriefing.

Originally from Canada, Amy completed her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology prior to relocating to Brisbane. Through the University of Queensland, Amy completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In addition to practising as a clinical psychologist, Amy is also a board-approved supervisor through the Psychology Board of Australia. She contributes to the supervision and training of postgraduate psychology students as well as registered psychologists and mental health professionals.

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Chris Smeed

CEO & Co-Founder, Cubiko

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation title:

Data insights and understanding the health of your practice

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Chris Smeed is the co-founder and CEO of Brisbane-based software startup Cubiko, an innovative platform dedicated to helping general practices gain insights into their practice business and operations every day. For the last seven years, Chris has seen first hand the opportunities that can be realised through harnessing the power of practice data, having worked across practice management and practice support roles himself.

Since 2012, Chris has been the Director of Finance and Business Development at Inala Primary Care (IPC), a large not-for-profit healthcare organisation pushing the boundaries of quality services available to disadvantaged communities.

Chris is a surveyor for AGPAL and a Director for a number of companies across both the not-for-profit and commercial start-up space and is renowned for his enthusiasm, high energy, commitment, and proactive approach to making practice life healthier.

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Ellie Bakker

Co-Founder & Marketing Director, Splice Marketing

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 

Cost-effective marketing strategies to reach & engage patients and referrers. 

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Ellie Bakker is the Founder and Growth Marketing Director of Splice Marketing, a healthcare marketing agency. Ellie and her team of specialised healthcare marketers have helped hundreds of healthcare professionals and health organisations to navigate the digital landscape and achieve incredible incredible growth results all whilst staying on the right side of the law. 

In 2019, Ellie was recognised as the finalist in the 2019 Great Brisbane Women in Business Awards for the fast growth of her agency and many healthcare businesses across Australia. 

Ellie has been invited to speak at many health conferences including the AGPAL and QIP Conferences, Digital Doc, Spinal Foundation events & Book Yourself Solid, on marketing growth strategies for health professionals. And submit many articles and training modules for many notable health organisations. 

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Brad Haynes

Director, MediPro Capital Finance

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
A Holistic view of practice and personal finance. Tips and strategies putting you in the best financial position possible.

  • Must take a Holistic view – Business and personal debt – Why??
  • Practice Cash Flow – Finance product Structure – Savings thousands
  • Debt Recycling – For the right clients – Pay your home off quickly and maximise tax effectiveness
  • Using a Specialist Broker – Outsourcing – Leveraging your time – Annual Reviews
  • SMSF – Owning the freehold – Benefits – This is not a set and forget finance structure
  • A MUST – A team of advisors – specialists – That have your best interests at heart
  • Covid 19 – possible lending options that are on the table and or how banks are likely to analyse your financials moving forward.

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I joined my business partner (John Paynter) over 5 years ago, at which time we created MediPro Capital Finance. John had over 15 years experience in supplying loans to the medical fraternity and I had come from a health and property background. It made perfect sense to team up and concentrate on who we knew best………Medicos.

Having owned a medical practice and starting 4 Allied Health clinics, I know first hand the challenges that can often surround practices and cash flows, especially when it comes to having the right debt structures in place.

We specialise in the client, Doctors, Dentists and Vets not the product, so in essence we cover all areas of finance including, home and investment property loans, medical practice and fit out loans, refinance and release of equity loans, SMSF loans motor vehicle and medical asset and equipment finance.

We have an experienced team at MediPro, ready to deliver exceptional service and results 365 days of the year.

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Dr. Anchita Karmakar

Law graduate /Senior Medical Officer

Practice Sustainability

PRESENTATION

Presentation Title: 
Why ignorance is never a good defense.

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Dr. Anchita Karmakar is a local Medical graduate with a dual degree in Law and Medicine.  She is currently finalising her fellowship requirements under the Australian Rural Remote Medicine with special interest in emergency medicine and palliative care along with extensive experience in womens health care, children’s health and chronic pain management.

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