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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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Oph.1Pragmatic considerations to reduce the burden of bilateral anti-VEGF injections (19 mins)
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Ophthalmology. Many patients either present with bilateral disease or progress when having the macula affected in one eye, to both eyes within a few years. The key clinical question is; how clinical practice should be adapted when moving from unilateral to bilateral anti-VEGF therapy. In this interview we discuss pragmatic considerations to reduce the burden of bilateral anti-VEGF injections while mitigating any additional risks.

Hosted by

Professor Paul Mitchell

Interviewees

  • Associate Professor Alex Hunyor, Retinal Specialist, the University of SydneyAssociate Professor Alex Hunyor, Retinal Specialist, the University of Sydney
Oph.2Optimal anti-VEGF therapy regimen – A Vision Academy recommendation (28 mins)
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Ophthalmology. Since the introduction of anti-VEGF therapies, real world outcomes have generally not been as good as those observed in the trials. The question is whether this is due to the use of reactive approaches to therapy or whether proactive approaches to therapy might actually be better, and is there any evidence for ophthalmologists moving to proactive therapy. We discuss some of these questions in this interview.

Hosted by

Professor Paul Mitchell

Interviewees

  • Associate Professor Andrew Chang, Principal Retinal Specialist, Sydney Retina Clinic and Day SurgeryAssociate Professor Andrew Chang, Principal Retinal Specialist, Sydney Retina Clinic and Day Surgery
Resp.1Patient centred care in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (22 mins)
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Respiratory. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the disease course can be unpredictable, progressing rapidly in some patients and quite slowly in others. Patients need to know about the diagnosis and the treatment, to be informed about survival and palliative care, and what life is going to be like. So at what point do you give this information?

Hosted by

Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • Dr Marlies Wijsenbeek, Pulmonary Physician. Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The NetherlandsDr Marlies Wijsenbeek, Pulmonary Physician. Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Resp.2Treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (25 mins)
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Respiratory. A lot has changed in the world of pulmonary fibrosis in the last few years, in terms of what treatments are available and what this means for our patients. We now have options to slow disease progression down and to prolong life, listen to learn more.

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Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • A/Prof Tamera Corte, Interstitial Lung Disease Specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, SydneyA/Prof Tamera Corte, Interstitial Lung Disease Specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Psyc.1Schizophrenia: How much of an impact can we make on our patients with an intervention? (16 mins)
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Psychiatry: Evidence-based medicine and treatment effectiveness are important considerations when treating individuals with schizophrenia. We don’t have a medicine cookbook, instead we need our clinical experience and knowledge, together with the relevant evidence. In this interview we discuss how to evaluate the evidence that is presented to us.

Hosted by

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Interviewees

  • Dr Leslie Citrome, Clinical Trialist, New York Medical College, USADr Leslie Citrome, Clinical Trialist, New York Medical College, USA
Psyc.2What do we know about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Comorbidities? (23 mins)
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Psychiatry. Trauma is much more common than people often estimate it to be, so why do some people present with PTSD after trauma while others don’t? This is just one of the questions covered in this comprehensive interview with Prof. McFarlane, who’s research has focused on the epidemiology and longitudinal course of PTSD as well as the neuroimaging of the cognitive deficits in this disorder.

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Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Interviewees

  • Prof. Sandy McFarlane, Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of AdelaideProf. Sandy McFarlane, Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Adelaide
Psyc.1Navigating treatment choice for patients with schizophrenia (18 mins)
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NEW Psychiatry. Patients with schizophrenia want the same things we want in life, they want to return back to life, having a sense of purpose, being able to have their symptoms improve, where they can go back to having relationships with those around them. How can we achieve this post-discharge from hospital?

Hosted by

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Interviewees

  • Prof. Greg Mattingly, Psychiatrist & Psychopharmacologist, St Louis, MissouriProf. Greg Mattingly, Psychiatrist & Psychopharmacologist, St Louis, Missouri
Psyc.2Why is it important to maintain patient functionality when treating people with major depression? (15 mins)
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NEW Psychiatry. In this interview we speak with Prof. Roger McIntyre, named as one of ‘The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’! We discuss the heterogeneous nature of depression and how to minimise residual symptoms, such as tiredness or the inability to concentrate when treating depression.

Hosted by

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Interviewees

  • Prof. Roger McIntyre, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto, CanadaProf. Roger McIntyre, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto, Canada
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.

Hosted by

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.

Hosted by

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

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