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HELD ON Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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07:00 PM AEST - 08:00 PM AEST



About the Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global impact on public health and health care delivery. Outside of direct health consequences, social distancing restrictions have also disrupted the delivery of routine health care across the country. The changes have fast-tracked digital and health policy innovations unlike any the primary care sector has seen over a short period of time. Social distancing and strict hygiene measures are particularly important for people living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) given their increased vulnerability to the most severe complications of COVID-19. However, there is growing concern that people with chronic diseases are avoiding their regular medical visits, investigations or vaccinations in a bid to avoid contracting COVID-19. 

Together with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and NPS MedicineWise, the Heart Foundation is hosting an ‘ask the expert’ style webinar aiming to: 

  • Explore the link between COVID-19 and CVD, including the cardiac manifestations of the infection 
  • Highlight key takeaways from recent guidance produced by the Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand relating to the management of CVD during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Exchange strategies to stay connected with cardiac patients in the community and support maintenance of their treatment and medication plans 
  • Provide advice on how to leverage recent MBS and medicine related policy changes to support the management of CVD in primary care

Meet our Expert Panel

A/Prof Sarah Zaman

Associate Professor Sarah Zaman is an Academic Interventional Cardiologist at Monash University and MonashHeart. She is a leader in her field, a National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Emerging Leader Mentorship recipient. She is currently leading several areas of cardiovascular research including in the areas of women’s heart health, PCI for ST-elevation myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death. She holds several appointments including Cardiac Society of Australia/New Zealand Women in Cardiology Group Chair and is the lead author for the latest Australian/New Zealand consensus statement on COVID-19 and CVD.

Prof Mark Morgan

Mark is Professor of general practice at Bond University and a GP with over 20 years’ experience working in rural, regional and urban general practice, currently working in the Gold Coast. He is the Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee for Quality Care, where he advises on healthcare policy and the development of guidelines. He is also the chair of the Primary and Chronic Care Panel for the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce. Mark’s other appointments include chairing the national Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI) Data Governance Committee. He is a member of the National Preventative Health Strategy, Health Care Homes Implementation Advisory Group and the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ASTAG).

Ms Barbara Peterson

Barbara has 12 years’ experience working in primary care as a Practice Nurse, Practice Nurse coordinator and Nurse Immuniser. She has expertise in engaging with practice teams to set up and implement chronic disease management care planning and preventative health assessments. Drawing on her vast primary care experience, she is adapting to the current challenges of triage, screening and testing high risk COVID-19 patients at her practice in Fitzroy. She plays an integral role in supporting the practice team including her principal GP and Practice Manager as they navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 related telehealth and face to face appointment strategies.

Dr Anna Samecki

Anna is a General Practitioner based in Sydney with an interest in medical education and health literacy. She currently works as a Medical Adviser for NPS MedicineWise and has been working closely with the team to bring timely updates on COVID-19 to health professionals and consumers. She will be co-hosting a new NPS MedicineWise podcast, called ‘News in minutes’, which will aim to summarise emerging research around COVID-19 treatments and other topical issues. Anna is also a Clinical Editor for HealthPathways Sydney, a CPD Medical Educator for Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN) and is a lecturer and group tutor at The University of Notre Dame (School of Medicine).

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