Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

Dates: Friday 30 August & Saturday 31 August 2019

How to Treat LIVE promises to deliver an exciting and unique two-day event. Take a deep-dive into the management of a range of diseases. Tailor your program experience according to your interests and practice needs by attending either one or two days.

Day One – 30 August:
Paediatric Health Update or Dermatology Update 

Day Two – 31 August:
Cardiometabolic Health Update or Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat

Online registration is now closed. Please call 02 8484 0896 to register over the phone.

Day One Agenda - 30 August

Program Option 1: Paediatric Health Update

Our paediatric specialists will update you on some of the most commonly presenting yet challenging conditions of the skin, eyes, and lungs, through interactive case studies that are relevant to your practice. You will also hear from expert immunologists, psychologists and gynaecologists on how to recognise and manage food allergy, behavioural and psychological issues, and paediatric and adolescent gynaecological problems. Hear the latest evidence and current best practice for our youngest patients.

After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Detail how to take a focused history and assessment of children presenting with common conditions including skin rashes, shortness of breath and eye disorders.
  • Describe the conditions causing shortness of breath in children and identify red flags that indicate the need for referral to appropriate health care providers or specialists to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes.
  • List the common eye conditions of infancy, red flags on history and examination, and explain the management of these conditions.
  • Describe investigations to accurately diagnose intolerance or food allergy in a paediatric patient and outline appropriate management and when to refer.
  • Outline assessment techniques for behavioural and psychological issues in children and adolescents.
  • Identify management pathways for challenging gynaecological conditions in young women.

A systematic approach to diagnosis in a 0-24 month child and a 2+ child, investigations, and when to refer

Common presentations, the rare and unusual, and how to treat

Food intolerance (presentations of IgE- and non-IgE-mediated food intolerance) food allergy in children. Appropriate investigations, common conditions including coeliac disease, CMA, nut allergy and how to manage, reflux in children, non-food related causes of vomiting especially in the first six months of life

Panel Discussion: Behavioural and psychological issues such as ADHD, school refusal, depression. Headaches in children and adolescents

Adolescent health challenges – Dysmenorrhoea and endometriosis, PCOS, and managing the patient/GP/parent relationship

Program Option 2: Dermatology Update

Discuss accurate diagnosis and optimal management of common and distressing dermatological conditions with leading experts. Through a series of interactive case studies, accurately diagnose skin infections, benign and malignant lesions, and optimise wound management in the practice setting. Engage our experts to learn appropriate cosmetic approaches to correct sun damage and scarring, and hear what’s new in treatment for challenging conditions.

After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish, assess and manage (with emphasis on infection control and prevention), the common bacterial, viral and fungal skin infections and infestations seen in general practice.
  • Systematically assess a wound to determine the most appropriate dressing and management.
  • Describe the presentation of hyperhidrosis and hidradenitis suppurativa and ensure patient safety with appropriate and timely referral.
  • Identify, differentiate and manage common nail disorders in general practice.
  • Identify appropriate cosmetic approaches to correct sun damage, acne and other scarring in the general practice setting.
  • Distinguish between benign and malignant skin lesions and recommend appropriate management.

Treatment and prevention of viral, bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. Case study examples

Onycholysis, Onychomycosis, Paronychia, Psoriasis, Brittle nails, Ingrown toenails, Onychogryphosis, Tumours, Lichen planus, Yellow nail syndrome

Available treatments, patient safety and reversal agents, integration of corrective approaches to sun damage, acne scarring, and skin care into general practice

Risk assessment, approach to examination, differential diagnosis, and management approach, including emerging assessment technologies

Day Two Agenda - 31 August

Program Option 1: Cardiometabolic Health Update

Hear from leading endocrinologists and cardiologists about evidence-based strategies for preventing, identifying and managing cardio-metabolic disease in primary care. Discuss the latest treatment options and proven methods for dealing with this complex general practice challenge. A series of practical, interactive case studies will help optimise your management approach, through practical lifestyle modifications and tailored therapies that can be applied in practice immediately.

After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe appropriate anatomical and functional investigations in cardiology and their indications to enable timely patient diagnosis
  • Outline the current approach to diagnosing, treating and managing adult essential hypertension to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.
  • Accurately identify CVD risk factors in women, including non-traditional risk factors.
  • Recognise symptoms of heart failure, assess severity and establish appropriate treatments.
  • Advise patients about strategies to help lose excess weight and explain the role of obesity in cardio-metabolic and other chronic diseases.
  • Confidently tailor treatments to control glycaemic levels and minimise complications in patients with type 2 diabetes and identify signs and risk factors for diabetic kidney disease through appropriate screening.
  • Prioritise management issues in the multi-morbid patient (CVD, AF, T2DM, CKD).

How to Treat palpitations and chest pain – the major investigations to use for diagnosis and timely treatment for most common clinical presentations

The assessment of CVD Risk, hypertension management, and treatment of dyslipidaemia and genetic hypercholesterolaemia in general practice. Comorbidities, the importance of diet (sugar, salt, fat, fibre, micronutrients) and choice of drug therapy

Discusses changes to the HF guidelines, CHF management

Panel discussion: Prevention before the cure – there’s still time. Discuss practical management options that include a multidisciplinary team with a focus on exercise, energy balance.

Diagnosis, management with comorbidities, the complex patient, and personalising care with new type 2 diabetes therapies

Program Option 2: Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat

Our experts will engage you in lively case study discussions about disorders of the eye, ear and nose, updating you on the differential diagnosis of allergic rhinitis and treatment options to improve patient quality of life. You will identify red flags and preventative approaches for hearing and vision loss, chronic ear disease management and evidence-based approaches to optimise treatment in the general practice setting.

After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the common causes of neck lumps in adults and explain the role of the GP in the examination and management of a patient presenting with a neck lump.
  • Describe the differential diagnosis of allergic rhinitis (AR) and current and emerging therapies available to manage AR, infective sinusitis and allergic asthma.
  • List the common conditions affecting the ear and identify red flags that require urgent management or referral to a specialist to ensure patient safety and quality outcomes.
  • Outline strategies to manage eye conditions commonly encountered in general practice such as red eye, corneal conditions, dry eyes, strabismus, trauma and identify when to refer to an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Recall the common causes of visual degeneration and describe the presenting features of age-related eye conditions.

Systematic approach to investigation and management. Includes lymphadenopathy, thyroid nodules, inflammatory lesions and malignancies

Allergic Rhinitis, Infective Sinusitis and allergic asthma. Approach to diagnosis and management, emerging treatments and the role of immunotherapy

Common presentations, treatments, and case study discussion. Acute and chronic ear infections; vertigo, tinnitus, glue ear, cholesteotoma- identification, IX and long term FU. Chronic ear disease management and flags for referral

Causes, approach to assessment, communication and management

Panel Discussion: Strategies to manage eye conditions commonly encountered in general practice such as red eye, corneal conditions, dry eyes, strabismus, trauma; when to refer to an optometrist or ophthalmologist

Early identification, screening, prevention and management. Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts

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