4 Sept

Wednesday 4th September 2019
Shanikas Berwick 55 High St, Berwick VIC 3806
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Surgery and The Injured Worker

Deep Brain Stimulation and Spinal Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease- Recent Advances

Professor Richard Bittar, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

The treatment of Parkinson’s disease has been revolutionised by the advent of deep brain stimulation. The field is evolving rapidly and this seminar aims to bring you up to date with the current indications for surgery, expected outcomes, and tips for the management of these patients after surgery. Spinal problems are also common in Parkinson’s disease, and their diagnosis and management will be also be reviewed.

Learning outcomes:
1. Identify the main clinical features of Parkinson’s disease
2. Appreciate the technical aspects and principles of deep brain stimulation
3. Recognise the indications for deep brain stimulation, as well as the expected outcomes

Optimising Outcomes After Spinal Surgery

Dr Hazem Akil, Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon

A range of advanced spinal surgical procedures are now used to treat a range of pathologies which have failed to respond to conservative management. These include keyhole surgery, minimally invasive surgery, robotic spinal surgery and artificial disc replacement. Whilst outcomes are improving, a number of patients either fail to benefit or lose an early benefit weeks or months later. There are numerous factors that can contribute to poor outcomes after spinal surgery, and this provides GPs and surgeons an opportunity to intervene in a way that maximises the chance of a satisfying outcome.

Learning outcomes:
1. Identify the range of factors which can contribute to poor outcomes following spinal surgery
2. Recognise ways of modifying key risk factors and managing patients perioperatively in a way which improves the chance of a good outcome

How to Write a Medical Report for Your Compensable Patients

Mr Yianni Zaparas, Compensation Law Expert

This activity has been submitted for accreditation of 4 category 2 points, as part of the racgp qi & cpd in the 2017-2019 triennium. Activity number pending.


Shanikas Berwick
55 High St, Berwick VIC 3806
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Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Surgery and The Injured Worker-4-sept