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  • Stephen Inns Palliative Care of End Stage Liver Disease

    Stephen is a Gastroenterologist and General Physician who is dedicated to providing high quality, modern, gastroenterological services to the Hutt Valley. He works at both Hutt Valley DHB and Boulcott Hospital. Since starting at Boulcott Hospital he has introduced wireless capsule endoscopy, balloon enteroscopy and wireless oesophageal pH telemetry. Stephen's doctoral thesis work was regarding dietary interventions in inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. His areas of clinical expertise are:
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Investigation of iron deficiency anaemia
    • Dyspepsia and reflux disease
    • Small bowel investigation
    • Interventional endoscopy including endoscopic mucosal resection
    Stephen is an accredited Southern Cross provider for upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, balloon enteroscopy and Bravo 48 hour wireless oesophageal pH telemetry.
  • Carol Clark Acute Renal Failure

    Carolyn is a renal physician employed by Capital & Coast DHB since January 2017. Originally a Wellingtonian, she trained at Auckland Medical School and worked at Tauranga Hospital for 2 years before relocating to Australia in 2002. After FRACP training, a nearly-but-not-quite-finished- PhD and a small child, she narrowly escaped becoming an Australian and relocated home. She is struggling with the weather change from the Sunshine Coast. She does a Hutt renal clinic weekly and special interests include acute kidney injury and renal transplantation.
  • Suzanne Busch How to Diagnose Functional Weakness

    Suzanne trained in general and geriatric medicine in Auckland and Sydney.
    She saw the light 13 years ago and moved from Auckland to the South Island to work as a general physician in a small hospital.
    For the past 8 years she has worked in Nelson as a general physician who does neurology clinics “for fun”.
    Her areas of interest include Stroke and Neurodegenerative diseases. In recent years an interest in functional neurological problems has lead to opportunities to learn, advocate and educate for this increasingly recognised group of patients.
  • David Bourke Eye Movement Disorders on the Acute Take

    I’m a Neurologist, trained in Auckland, then Fellowship in London before starting as a consultant in early 2015. Work across 3 DHBs – Hutt, Wellington and Masterton. I am a general neurologist, but have an interested in Movement Disorders.
  • Justin Travers Acute Progressive Pneumonitis

    Dr Justin Travers is a General and Respiratory Physician with more than 20 years of clinical experience. He worked in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada before returning to practise at Hutt Hospital. His specialist interests include COPD and respiratory physiology and he has published many research articles in these fields.

    Acute Lung Injury

    Acute lung injury is a common problem in patients admitted to the intensive care unit. There is often diagnostic uncertainty and this can make management decisions seem hard. This talk offers practical help to identify and treat the cause where possible and to effectively manage patients when no cause can be found.
  • Stephen Dee Safe Early Discharge

    I am currently Clinical Director of Medical and Acute Services, as well as a General Physician, at Hutt Valley District Health Board (Wellington, New Zealand). I am Chair of the NZ General & Acute Care Medicine Advanced Training Committee for the RACP, member of the NZ Adult Medicine Education Committee and a member of IMSANZ. I have an interest in Quality improvement and Clinical Audit. I have publications related to Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement, Surviving as a New Consultant, Dabigatran and H1N1.
  • Rebecca Grainger Acute Gout

    Rebecca is a consultant rheumatologist at the Wellington Regional Rheumatology Unit (Hutt Valley DHB) and a senior lecturer in the Department of Medicine, University of Otago Wellington. A University of Otago medical graduate, she undertook rheumatology training in Melbourne and her PhD examined inflammatory mechanisms in gout.

    Rebecca’s clinical work focuses on assessment and management of inflammatory arthritis. She is passionate about patient-focused care and engaging with primary care to provide the highest quality collaborative care for people with arthritis. Rebecca’s academic interests include outcome measures, non-pharmacological management of musculoskeletal disease and use of technology in patient care.
  • Michelle Downie Endocrine Issues

    Dr Michelle Downie is a General Physician & Endocrinologist currently working at Southland Hospital. Michelle graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 2001 and undertook her early post graduate years working in Dunedin Hospital before moving to London in 2003. Whilst in London, Michelle worked for the St Georges Hospital Trust & University for 3 years undertaking training in Diabetes & Endocrinology, and also completing a post graduate Diploma in Healthcare Education. Michelle then returned to New Zealand to complete her specialist training in Endocrinology & Internal Medicine, initially returning to Dunedin before moving on to Wellington. She worked at Wellington Hospital from 2009 until 2012, making the transition into a consultant role there in 2011 before moving to Southland the following year.
  • Penny Fitzharris Penicillin Allergy - What's your approach?

    Penny Fitzharris trained in Clinical Immunology and Allergy in Christchurch and London. After a long period in London she returned to NZ to Capital and Coast as Clinical Immunologist from 1994 to 2002. After a further period in London she has worked in Auckland Hospital for the past 11 years, as Clinical Director of the regional service for some years.

    Her research interests have focused on varied aspects of initiation and maintenance of allergic disease, with a productive relationship with the Wellington Asthma Research group, and clinically in all aspects of allergy, particularly anaphylaxis and drug allergy.
  • Tammy Pegg Use of Angiography in ACS in the Elderly

    Tammy is a non-invasive cardiologist from Nelson with an interest in advance care planning, heart failure and treatment of older cardiac patients, she has a PhD from the University of Oxford in cardiac surgery and was shortlisted for AHA Vivenne Thomas and New Zealand Heart Foundation Young Investigator awards. Tammy has developed a local STEMI pathway and sits on the national STEMI working group.

    Presentation synopsis:

    Frank is 88 with evidence of a NSTEMI- we examine the evidence of how to treat him today and what we should be doing for him in the next 12 months in an interactive case based session.