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The management of a patient with epilepsy usually involves one or more pharmacological management strategies. As GPs, we need to be aware of the indications and role of medications in epilepsy, especially with regards to the indications for using a drug class and the potential interactions and side effects. The pharmacological management of epilepsy is discussed with Dr Dan McLaughlin, who is a neurologist from the Brisbane area.
This education describes GP management of seizure disorders in children and adolescents. While management of seizures in this population remains primarily a specialist responsibility, GPs can play a crucial role in identifying seizures, organising prompt referral, supporting medication management and providing support to families through provision of team-based, patient-centred care.
Dr Denis Crimmins discusses the diagnosis and classification of seizure disorders. The identification of the type of seizure and the epilepsy syndrome is important as these will guide the investigation and management of epilepsy. As GPs, we are involved in the health journey of a patient with epilepsy, as we meet their needs regarding early and accurate diagnosis and good communication regarding investigation and management.
Incontinence is an under diagnosed problem in Australia, affecting all age groups from early childhood to the elderly and can be the cause of shame, embarrassment, depression and loss of self-esteem. This education module provides guidance on the assessment and management of urinary and faecal incontinence, including recommendations for patient education and self-care.
Dr Liz Farrell from the Jean Hailles Foundation talks about the diagnostic factors in Endometriosis. Part seven of our Women's health series.
This feature discusses the impact of epilepsy and its treatment on women in the childbearing years. Areas covered include contraception, labour, pregnancy and lactation and the impact anti-epileptic drugs may have on a developing foetus and baby. The discussion is led by Associate Professor Cecilie Lander from the University of Queensland.
This education module outlines the evidence and practical strategies of a higher protein, low GI diet for achieving weight management and improving chronic disease risk factors. We consider the new Dietary Guidelines and NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity and the benefits and suitability of this higher protein, low GI diet for different chronic disease states.
This education activity outlines healthy eating patterns during pregnancy and lactation, in the management of hypercholesterolaemia, in older people and in minimising food allergy. We will consider the appropriate advice for a range of situations so that optimal outcomes may be achieved.
This education discusses cancer survivorship and models of care in the primary care setting. The management of cancer survivors is discussed in a chronic disease model and the tools available to assist with this are outlined. The role of carers and families is discussed and access to appropriate community services highlighted.
Mood disorders in young Australian women aged 18 - 24 years are at a level of around 30%. This level of mood disorder drops off as women age. Anxiety is common and health professionals need to be on the lookout for this condition. Listen to Dr Mandy Deeks, psychologist with Jean Hailes discuss this topic. Part six of our Women's health series.
Despite living in a wealthy country that should optimise our patients nutritional needs there is a growing body of evidence that many common presentations we see may be a result of inadequate Magnesium intake. In reviewing our patient’s health it is important to have an approach to presentations caused by low magnesium.
This activity discusses the assessment and investigation of the patient who presents with cognitive impairment. The various presentations and their associated comorbidities are discussed, as are the examination, laboratory and radiology investigations required to make a diagnosis of dementia and to differentiate between the various types of dementias. The development of a management plan includes not only the pharmacological and non-pharmacological aspects, but includes the carer perspective, longer term planning, legal implications and palliative care aspects.
Dr Deborah Bateson discusses the key factors in matching a female patients history to a particular contraceptive choice. Managing contraception is a common presentation that requires a planned approach to assist a patient in choosing the method most suited to their individual needs. Part five of our Women's health series.
This audit evaluates our patients with hypertension and hyperlipidaemia who were prescribed both amlodipine and atorvastatin as separate medications. It aims to identify patients who may not be compliant with their medication based on recent Australian evidence. It then assesses the modifiable factors contributing to patient compliance with long term medication and makes recommendations aimed to improve patient medication compliance.
This activity focuses on the use of anti-inflammatories to manage osteoarthritis in general practice. We will consider the causes, investigations and management of anaemia in patients with osteoarthritis by examining the evidence for the source of blood loss, for example, through falling haemoglobin, low iron levels, presence of occult blood in stools, upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, lower GI endoscopy or where upper and lower endoscopy is normal, small bowel examination.