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Influenza: reflections on 2019 season


When: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Time: 01:30 PM AEDT - 02:30 PM AEDT

Where: Online - join via your computer!

Your Hosts: Kirsty Buising, Ian Barr, Peter Cameron, Abhishek Verma, Katherine Gibney and Brett Sutton

Cost: Complimentary

About the webinar:

Invited panel members will cover several issues including:

  • The challenges of increased community presentations of influenza in the emergency department and general practitioner settings.
  • When to test for influenza
  • When to offer Oseltamivir
  • The role of influenza surveillance
  • What are the learnings for next season?


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About your presenters:

Kirsty Buising
Deputy Director of NCAS; Director of Guidance Group; Infectious Diseases Physician (Royal Melbourne Health)

Associate Professor Kirsty Buising is an infectious diseases physician working for the Victoria Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS). She is Deputy Director of the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and chief investigator for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Centre for Research Excellence in Antimicrobial Stewardship, leading the research and development for the Guidance group. Kirsty serves on advisory groups at state, national and international levels in the areas of antimicrobial stewardship, guideline development and healthcare associated infectionKirsty is the clinical lead for the infection clinical network at Safer Care Victoria (SCV).

Ian Barr
Deputy Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza

Professor Ian Barr is Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza. Ian has had over 35 years’ experience in biological research and development in academic institutions and at CSL Limited on various topics such as vaccine development, mucosal immunology, adjuvants, cancer therapeutics, immune system development and diagnostics. Ian joined the Centre in 2000 and has served as Deputy Director since 2005. He is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne and is anAdjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Federation University.

Peter Cameron
Academic Director of The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre

Peter has over 35 year’s medical experience as a Consultant at The Alfred, Peter delivers clinical expertise and service in emergency medicine. Peter provides supervision to junior medical and other relevant staff within the Department.  He also supports Alfred Health’s teaching, research and clinical governance programs and supports the strategic priorities and values of Alfred Health. Peter is passionate about testing the orthodoxy of establishing clinical pathways in Emergency and Trauma medicine and is an active supporter of education and training programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Abhishek Verma
General medical practitioner

Ahbi has broad clinical experience, having worked in NSW, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania.  He has worked across a variety of medical specialties including emergency departments, surgical units, psychiatric wards, intensive care units and cardiac care units. Abhishek has also worked extensively in both public and private hospital facilities before moving into his current role in primary care.Presently Abhishek sits on the Victorian Medical Board, to which he was appointed by the State Minister for Health in 2017. He also sits on a number of committees for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), being on the Victorian Council for the RACGP, the Academic Board of Assessment as well as on the Expert Committee for Standards in General Practice

Katherine Gibney
Infectious disease physician, Austin Health

Dr Katherine Gibney is an infectious diseases physician, public health physician and medical epidemiologist. She has a particular interest in vaccine preventable diseases and vector borne diseases. Katherine works at the Austin Hospital and the Doherty Institute, and has an appointment in Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She completed a PhD at Monash University examining the burden of selected infectious diseases in Australia and the national infectious diseases surveillance system.

Brett Sutton
Victorian Chief Health Officer

Dr Brett Sutton has extensive experience and clinical expertise in public health and communicable diseases, gained through emergency medicine and field-based international work, including in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. He represents Victoria on a number of key national bodies including the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee).  He is also Chief Human Biosecurity Officer for Victoria. Dr Sutton has a keen interest in tropical medicine and the incorporation of palliative care practice into humanitarian responses. Dr Sutton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM). He is also a member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.