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COVID-19 Information for registrars, supervisors and training posts

Health Professionals Webinar Series

Join our expert panels as we discuss contemporary topics for Health Professionals

In this ever-changing world, it’s important to come together and share our findings on emerging health topics.

JCU is offering a range of informative webinars for health professionals featuring experts in various fields. Broaden your knowledge and stay across what’s happening on the health front.

Keep an eye on this page for upcoming episodes in the JCU Health Professionals Webinar Series.

Upcoming Webinars

TUESDAY 7 JULY 2020  |  7:00PM AEST

Episode 6 - COVID-19 at the Coalface

Hear from our panel of UK medical and nursing specialists as they share their experiences of being at the coalface of the Covid-19 outbreak, in both a primary care and hospital setting. Topics will include: workforce preparation, clinical management of patients with Covid 19, resourcing and staffing, communication, and post-ICU rehab of patients. Discussion will also be guided by the questions received live from the webinar audience, as well as questions submitted via the registration form.

Featured panellists:

  • Dr Razeen Mahroof, MCRP, FRCA, EDIC, FFICM, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Addenbrooke's Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Jane Olds, RN, Matron Adult Critical Care, Addenbrookes Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Sally Eyton, MBBS, DCH, DRCOG, GP partner Cobham Health Centre, Surrey
  • Dr Mark Hobbs, MBBS, MRCGP, GP senior partner, Cobham Health Centre, Surrey
  • Dr Matthew Davidson, MBChB, BMedSci, doctor in training in the Acute Common Care Stem in Anaesthetics, working in the emergency department of a district general hospital in the north-east of England
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training
  • Dr Rebecca Lock, Acting Director of Education, General Practice Training Queensland

TUESDAY 14 JULY 2020  |  7:00PM AEST

Episode 7 - COVID-19 Communicable Disease Control

Join our panellist as they discuss the importance and multiple applications of the basic concepts of communicable disease control and their translation into policies for the mitigation and control of the COVID-19 pandemic: the concept of herd immunity, R0 and the relevance for vaccine development, clinical trials and more.

Featured panellists:

  • Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez - Lecturer, Communicable Disease Control and One HealthJCU College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences 
  • Dr Steven Donohue - Public Health Physician, Director- Leader of the COVID-19 response Townsville Public Health Unit
  • Dr Sue Devine – Associate Professor, Acting Academic Health and Academic Advisor for Postgraduate Public Health Programs, JCU College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Previous Webinars

TUESDAY 23 JUNE 2020  |  7:00PM AEST

Episode 5 - Antenatal Screening Unplugged

 Join us as our experts discuss the field of antenatal screening. We’ll take a deep dive into the options available, and how best to manage patients through their decision making process around genetic and other pregnancy screening.

Featured Panellists:

  • Professor Cate Nagle, Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University
  • Dr Clare Walker, Senior Medical Officer Longreach Hospital
  • Dr Melody Menezes, Head Genetic Counsellor and Scientific Director, Monash Ultrasound for Women
  • Alice Poulton, Associate Genetic Counsellor, Monash Ultrasound for Women
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training
  • Dr Rebecca Lock, Acting Director of Education, General Practice Training Queensland

TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2020  

Episode 4 - Sexual Health

Join our panel of sexual health experts as they discuss the latest national Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment guidelines, as well as provide an update on STI prevention strategies and assessment of patients, including those needing PEP and/or PrEP in a primary care setting. Applications for transgender patients and people suffering from sexual dysfunction will also be covered, plus a brief overview of the impact of CoVid-19 on HIV patients and on community sexual behaviours including for the LBGTIQ+ community.

Featured panellists:

  • Dr Fabiola MartinMDRes, FRCP, FAChSHM, FHEA, Dip GUM, DFFP, DTMH, Dip HIV, PGCME.
  • Dr Ryan WilliamsMB BS, FRACGP, B.A., B.Ed.
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training
  • Dr Rebecca Lock, Acting Director of Education, General Practice Training Queensland


Episode 3 - Dentistry for GPs

Join us as we present an overview for medical practitioners on how best to manage dental emergencies, and answer your questions about treating dental presentations.  The webinar will provide an understanding of dental practice limitations imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this may impact doctors.  It will also cover dental anaesthetic techniques, dental abscess management options, management of the dry socket and pericoronitis, dental trauma management including reimplantation of an avulsed tooth, management of a fractured tooth, and basic jaw immobilisation techniques.

Featured panellists:


Episode 2 - Mental Health Skills Update

Join our panel of experts as we refresh the GP’s toolbox of effective mental health interventions during GP consultations. The discussion will cover brief psychological interventions GPs can use to help a range of patients from those with diagnosed mental illness, through to people seeking to optimise wellbeing. These focused psychological strategies will be drawn from diverse treatment approaches including CBT and positive psychology. Also under discussion will be how GPs can attend to their own wellbeing and sense of capacity as they take on the complex task of caring for people in these changing times.

Featured panellists:

  • Dr Mary Emeleus, MBBS BSc (Med), FRACGP, Grad Dip Rural MMH (Psychotherapy), FASPM.
  • Dr Johanna Lynch, MBBS, FRACGP, FASPM, Grad Cert (Grief & Loss), PhD 
  • Dr Michael Clements, B.Econ(Hons) MBBS DAvmed MPH FRACGP FARGP FRACMA FACAsM GAICD MRAeS
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training.

TUESDAY 26 MAY 2020  

Episode 1 - Physical health in isolation

Join our panel of experts as we will dive into how best to manage the frail, the vulnerable and physical health during ongoing periods of isolation.  We’ll discuss how to identify and manage patients at risk of frailty and/or sarcopenia, and examine the evidence around the impact of reduced activity, or intensity of activity, on vulnerable and at risk groups.  The panel will also explore how best to ensure patients exercise safely both during and after isolation, and the risks associated with injury during this time.

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