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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:

  • NEW Dentist – hosted by Dr Patrick Meaney
  • Epilepsy – hosted by Prof Mark Cook, Neurologist, Melbourne
  • Endocrinology – hosted by Prof Rod Baber, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Sydney
  • 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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Epi.3Mechanism of action considerations when treating epilepsy (33 mins)
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Epilepsy: Drug development over 25 years has resulted in a variety of anti-epileptic drugs available to us in clinical neurology, and these utilise several different mechanisms of action (MoA). In this interview we discuss what should be considered as a part of that decision-making process when prescribing, including; MoA, the epilepsy syndrome, patient factors, and practical considerations.
33-minute listen

Hosted by

Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • Dr Kaitlyn Parratt, Staff Specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, SydneyDr Kaitlyn Parratt, Staff Specialist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Epi.4A challenging time, moving from paediatric to adult care (30 mins)
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Epilepsy: In this interview we talk about the transition of moving from paediatric to adult care, which can be a challenging time for chronic health conditions and their caring network. Epilepsy is no exception, and poor adult psycho-social outcomes have been observed for those with paediatric onset epilepsy. Through intentional and thoughtful transition care programmes we can attempt to improve outcomes, listen to learn more.
30-minute listen

Hosted by

Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • A/Prof. Piero Perucca, Neurologist, The Royal Melbourne HospitalA/Prof. Piero Perucca, Neurologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Ms Evelyn Culnane, Transition Care ManagerMs Evelyn Culnane, Transition Care Manager
  • Dr Simon Harvey, Paediatric Epileptologist, The Royal Children’s HospitalDr Simon Harvey, Paediatric Epileptologist, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Res.5.1Evaluating different treatment strategies for mild asthma (22 mins)
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Respiratory. Asthma, superficially it seems simple to manage and mild asthma would seem simple to identify, but the more you look, the more you find there are differences and variations in the clinical expression and physiology. In this interview we discuss how to tailor treatment to each individual patient.

Hosted by

Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • Prof. Greg King, Respiratory Physician, Royal North Shore Hospital, SydneyProf. Greg King, Respiratory Physician, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
Res.5.2COPD treatment and the findings from the IMPACT study (13 mins)
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Respiratory. In this interview we discuss a recent study, the IMPACT study, which has looked at exacerbations and all-cause mortality differences in a head to head study comparing a number of inhaler strategies. This is an important study which answers some really important clinical questions.

Hosted by

Professor John Upham

Interviewees

  • Professor Greg King, Respiratory Physician, Royal North Shore Hospital, SydneyProfessor Greg King, Respiratory Physician, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
Psy.4.1Key findings from the Metabolic Management during Antipsychotic Prescribing (MMAP) program (23 mins)
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Psychiatry. People with schizophrenia are well known to be at risk of metabolic syndrome, and some of the medications we use increase that risk quite markedly. Recently an audit was conducted to identify patients with schizophrenia across Australia who have metabolic problems, and look at the various interventions that might be effective for them. In this interview we discuss the key findings.

Hosted by

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Interviewees

  • Prof. David Castle, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of MelbourneProf. David Castle, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne
Psy.4.2The importance of improving interest, pleasure and emotional range when treating major depressive disorder (15 mins)
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Psychiatry. When treating depression what do patients want, ‘to ameliorate depressive symptoms’ or ‘to return to normal functioning’? In this interview we discuss individualised management that takes patient’s symptoms priorities and treatment expectations into account.

Hosted by

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Interviewees

  • Prof. David Castle, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of MelbourneProf. David Castle, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne
Epi.1We now have more options in the medical treatment of epilepsy: A case study review (30 mins)
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Epilepsy: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological illnesses, affecting three to four per cent of people in the developing world, and while we have a wealth of treatment options, many of these are now very old. In this interview we focus on the treatment options available to us as physicians and look at what this means to the patient and what factors we ought to consider.
30-minute listen

Hosted by

Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • Associate Professor Piero Perucca, Neurologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Alfred Hospital, MelbourneAssociate Professor Piero Perucca, Neurologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Epi.2The use of antiepileptic drugs in pregnancy (38 mins)
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Epilepsy: In Australia, up to 2,000 women on anti-epileptic drugs become pregnant each year but there is concern, particularly in the neurological community, about the possible risks for these drugs and their teratogenicity. Neurologists have to balance the risks of both seizures and the risks of the medications and striking a balance is difficult – listen to learn more.
38-minute listen

Hosted by

Professor Mark Cook

Interviewees

  • Professor Frank Vajda, Epileptologist & Director of the Australian Pregnancy Registry for Women on Anti-epileptic Medications, MelbourneProfessor Frank Vajda, Epileptologist & Director of the Australian Pregnancy Registry for Women on Anti-epileptic Medications, Melbourne
Endo.1Atypical case studies in menopausal hormone therapy (32 mins)
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Endocrinology. In this interview we discuss cases which are less than typical, the sort of patients that we are often referred by general practitioners. We apply the evidence to; Migraine, VTE, BRCA 1 and 2, and premature ovarian insufficiency, all situations that we’re more likely to see in secondary care. 30-minute listen

Hosted by

Professor Rod Baber

Interviewees

  • Dr Sonia Davison, Endocrinologist, Jean Hailes, Melbourne Dr Sonia Davison, Endocrinologist, Jean Hailes, Melbourne
Endo.2The evolving landscape of MHT (20 mins)
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Endocrinology: There’s been a spotlight on hormone therapy and breast cancer recently. Research is showing that women do not understand the long-term health consequences of menopause. So, what do we need to consider and how should we explain the multidimensional effects of menopause and of hormone therapy to our patients? 20-minute listen

Hosted by

Professor Rod Baber

Interviewees

  • Professor Susan Davis, Professor of Women’s Health, Melbourne & President, the International Menopause SocietyProfessor Susan Davis, Professor of Women’s Health, Melbourne & President, the International Menopause Society

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