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Drivetime Specialty is a free educational audio program covering a range of topics relevant to various medical specialists & physicians. Listen to our experienced medical broadcasters, moderating engaging discussions with leading experts.

Current programs include:

  • Neurology – hosted by Prof Mark Cook, Neurologist, Melbourne
  • Ophthalmology – hosted by Prof Paul Mitchell, Ophthalmologist, Sydney
  • Psychiatry – hosted by Prof Malcolm Hopwood, Psychiatrist, Melbourne
  • Respiratory – hosted by Prof John Upham, Respiratory Physician, Brisbane

More disciplines coming soon……

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Neu.1Key considerations when stepping up therapy for Parkinson’s Disease (29 mins)
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NEW Neurology. How can we fill the gap between available therapies and more advanced technologies used to treat Parkinson’s? In this interview we discuss how to manage patients experiencing unpredictable off periods out in the community, as well as the involvement of movement disorder clinics and the necessary assistance and infrastructure.

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Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • David Tsui, Clinical Nurse Consultant in Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders, Westmead Hospital, SydneyDavid Tsui, Clinical Nurse Consultant in Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders, Westmead Hospital, Sydney
Neu.2Device-Assisted Therapy for Parkinson’s disease (30 mins)
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NEW Neurology. Where do we go when patients continue to have symptoms? In this interview we discuss the practicalities of continuous infusions, intestinal gels and deep brain stimulation, including key considerations when deciding between them and the need for early identification and education.

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Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • A/Prof. John O’Sullivan, Visiting Neurologist, The Movement Disorders Service, Royal Brisbane & Women’s HospitalA/Prof. John O’Sullivan, Visiting Neurologist, The Movement Disorders Service, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital
Resp.1Biologic therapy for severe refractory eosinophilic asthma – more questions answered with NEW long-term evidence (20 mins)
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NEW Respiratory. When you are seeing patients with asthma and airway disease in your clinical practice, if those patients are either; having frequent exacerbations or on maximum dose therapy, ask yourself, could this person have severe refractory eosinophilic asthma, and if so, could they benefit from one of the biologics? We review results from new long-term data that supports their use in clinical practice.

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Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • Prof. Peter Gibson, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, John Hunter Hospital, NewcastleProf. Peter Gibson, University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle
Resp.2What’s NEW in the management of severe asthma? An overview of the new GINA pocket guide (27 mins)
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NEW Respiratory. As respiratory physicians we need to be across the latest information available, especially for patients with difficult to treat or severe asthma, the types of patients that are often referred to us for specialist assessment and management. This is where GINA, the Global Initiative for Asthma, comes in. In this interview we talk through the new GINA pocket guide in relation to strategies to treat severe asthma.

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Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • Prof. Helen Reddel, Respiratory Physician, & Research Leader, the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of SydneyProf. Helen Reddel, Respiratory Physician, & Research Leader, the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney
Resp.3How can you reduce the oral corticosteroid burden in patients with severe refractory asthma? (19 mins)
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NEW Respiratory. In terms of difficult asthma, we’re in very exciting times! We now have the opportunity to substantially minimise exposure of patients to oral corticosteroids to try and minimise the burden of illness. In this interview we discuss identifying patients that would benefit from a reduction in oral corticosteroids, tips on down-titrating oral corticosteroids and starting patients on biologic agents.

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Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • Prof. Peter Wark, Senior Staff Specialist, Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle & Conjoint Professor, University of NewcastleProf. Peter Wark, Senior Staff Specialist, Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle & Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle
Resp.4Severe refractory asthma – which patients are suitable for a biologic agent? (21 mins)
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NEW Respiratory. There are now three biologic agents for severe refractory asthma available in Australia. These agents when chosen appropriately can improve asthma control and decrease the risk of exacerbations. We need to ensure that these therapies are given to the right sort of patient, so what factors do we need to consider?

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Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • Prof Paul Thomas, Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician, SydneyProf Paul Thomas, Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician, Sydney
Neu.1Insights from an Epileptologist (23 mins)
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NEW Neurology. Making a diagnosis of epilepsy can be difficult, particularly establishing the difference between focal and generalised seizures, and this differential is critical. In this interview we discuss this, as well as how to ensure the patient gets the right treatment, early on.

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Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • A/Prof. Wendyl D’Souza, Epileptologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, MelbourneA/Prof. Wendyl D’Souza, Epileptologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
Neu.2Driving & Epilepsy (27 mins)
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NEW Neurology. One of the most difficult areas of practice for neurologists are the rules and regulations around driving with epilepsy. There’s a lot of confusion and immense interest in this topic, so in this interview we discuss the social consequences and the practical issues.

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Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • Prof. Ernest Somerville, Neurologist, Sydney, Chair of Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologists’ Driving CommitteeProf. Ernest Somerville, Neurologist, Sydney, Chair of Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologists’ Driving Committee
Oph.1The NEW KeepSight screening initiative needs your help (29 mins)
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NEW Ophthalmology. Led by Diabetes Australia and Vision 2020 Australia, the NEW KeepSight initiative will engage with 1.27 million people with diabetes who are registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). How will the KeepSight program ultimately change the management of diabetic retinopathy in Australia, and what do you as ophthalmologists need to do?

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Professor Paul Mitchell

Interviewees

  • Dr Peter van Wijngaarden, Interim Managing Director, Centre for Eye Research Australia & Consultant Ophthalmologist, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear HospitalDr Peter van Wijngaarden, Interim Managing Director, Centre for Eye Research Australia & Consultant Ophthalmologist, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Oph.2Principles of treatment in diagnosed non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy absent of macular oedema (22 mins)
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NEW Ophthalmology. New screening programs in Australia will help improve the detection rates of diabetic retinopathy, leading to earlier detection and treatment. Early detection and treatment can prevent the majority of vision loss and blindness in patients with diabetes, so how can we shift the care from what is now, very expensive hospital-based care, where ophthalmologists need laser treatment and intensive anti-VEFG injections, towards more primary and secondary care?

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Professor Paul Mitchell

Interviewees

  • Prof. Tien Y Wong, MD, PhD, Professor & Medical Director, Singapore National Eye Center, Chairman, Singapore Eye Research Institute & Vice-Dean, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of SingaporeProf. Tien Y Wong, MD, PhD, Professor & Medical Director, Singapore National Eye Center, Chairman, Singapore Eye Research Institute & Vice-Dean, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore

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