Previous Webinars for Health Professionals

Previous webinars for Health Professionals available below.

Making Rural Health Matter: Celebrating 20 years of JCU Medicine

To mark 20 years of JCU Medicine we are turning the spotlight on the current challenges facing medical workforce in rural, remote and regional Australia. Please join us as we take a look back over the success of our program and its impact around the region. Our expert panel then discuss the broader medical workforce challenges facing rural, regional and remote communities. It examines some of the current initiatives underway, while investigating the barriers and enablers aimed at addressing the problem.
JCU is Australia’s most successful university in delivering a fit-for-purpose medical workforce for those most in need. We’ve come a long way in twenty years, but there’s still more to be done.
Featured panellists:

  • The Hon. Mark Coulton, Minister for Regional Health
  • Professor Ian Wronski, Chair, Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre
  • Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner
  • Professor Richard Murray, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine, JCU
  • Dr Jillann Farmer, Deputy Director-General of Clinical Excellence Queensland
  • Hosted by Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Acting Dean of JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry



COVID-19

Join our panel of experts as we answer your questions about SARS-Cov-2/COVID-19 based on the latest clinical experience, emerging evidence and research. We’ll examine a range of topics and revisit unanswered questions from the series, including RNA viruses for Dummies, Exit Strategies and Mental Health during COVID-19.

Our experts will take questions in advance and live on the night covering off a range of topics including:

  • The presentation and management of severe COVID respiratory disease and the value of pulse oximeters as part of the home first aid kit.
  • The non -respiratory manifestations and prognostic markers of COVID-19
  • The management of pregnant patients and neonates amid COVID-19
  • Antibody testing and vaccine development
  • Mental health impacts of the pandemic and the looming economic recession

Featured panellists:

  • Professor John McBride, Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist, Cairns Hospital and Professor in Medicine, James Cook University
  • Professor Brett McDermott, Professor in Psychiatry, JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry, Beyondblue spokesperson for disaster mental health
  • Dr Robert Norton, Director of Microbiology at Townsville University Hospital
  • Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez, lecturer of Communicable Disease Control in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University and a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases at James Cook University
  • Dr David Watson, Director of Maternal Foetal Medicine, Townsville University Hospital and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry


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Can my pet catch COVID-19 and can I catch it from my pet? Under discussion will be the risks to both humans and companion animals from SARS-CoV2 and how to keep them both safe during this pandemic. The topic of companion animal behaviour will also be covered, with tips on how to manage pet behaviour when working from home.

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How do we care for pregnant patients and neonates during COVID-19? We examine the emerging evidence of the impact of the virus on, and treatment for these patients.

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Dive into where the medical world is up to with the development of a coronavirus vaccine and treatments. Explore the current modelling of COVID-19, what to be wary of and where to get the right information. How the World Health Organisation pre-empted COVID-19 with a master protocol based on Disease X.

Featured panellists:
  • Dr Diana Rojas Alvarez, lecturer of Communicable Disease Control in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University and a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases at James Cook University
  • Professor Emma McBryde, Infectious Disease Physician, Professorial Research Fellow - Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM)
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training


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Delve into research on mental health following major disasters including the effects of COVID-19 on healthcare workers in China in this webinar. Discussion will cover the increased burden of mental illness, significant impacts on both those effected and frontline responders, practitioner burnout and compassion fatigue.  Economic recessions and higher rates of depressions and suicide and how much can be done from a personal, social and societal perspective will also be explored.

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Join our expert panellists as they discuss the pathology of the coronavirus strains. This webinar will address some frequently asked questions on why there is a lack of immunity, the feasibility of a vaccine, why is it causing fatalities, what we know about the ‘cytokine storm’ that is presenting in some cases, and more.

Featured panellists:
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training
  • Dr Robert Norton, Pathologist (Microbiology) and Director of Microbiology at Townsville University Hospital
  • Professor John McBride, Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist, Cairns Hospital and Professor in Medicine, James Cook University


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Health Professionals

Join our panellists as they discuss the fascinating and complex interconnection between people, animals, and the environment in which they live - a concept called 'One Health'. They will explore concepts of applying a One Health approach to health issues at the animal, human and ecosystem interface to achieve health outcomes for people and animals in a shared environment.

Featured panellists:
  • Professor Maxine Whittaker - Dean of JCU's College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and Co-Director of the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Vector Borne Diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Editor of the book One Health: the added value of integrated health approaches
  • Dr Paul Horwood - Senior Lecturer, Virology and Viral Diseases, in JCU's College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. 'One Health' researcher
  • 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


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Join our panel 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 Health
    JCU 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
  • Professor Maxine Whittaker – Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences


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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, 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
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training
  • Dr Rebecca Lock, Acting Director of Education, General Practice Training Queensland


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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


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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 Martin, MDRes, FRCP, FAChSHM, FHEA, Dip GUM, DFFP, DTMH, Dip HIV, PGCME.
  • Dr Ryan Williams, MB 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


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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:
  • Dr Jackie Stuart
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training
  • Dr Rebecca Lock, Acting Director of Education, General Practice Training Queensland


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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
  • Dr Rebecca Lock, Acting Director of Education, General Practice Training Queensland


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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.

Featured panellists:
  • Michael Inskip, ESSAM AEP, Associate lecturer / Clinical educator in Exercise physiology, College of Healthcare Sciences, JCU and Honorary Associate Lecturer, Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.
  • Chris Myers, APAM, Associate Lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy, College of Healthcare Sciences, JCU
  • Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Director of JCU GP Training


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JCU CPD Webinars

CPD points: 1 (one)

Presenter: Andrew Lee, Associate Professor of Preventative and Special Needs Dentistry, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is classified as a complex neurodevelopment disorder affecting three main domains, which include impaired social interaction, impaired communication skills as well as sensorimotor deficits combined with stereotyped and restricted behaviours. The oral health care of clients with ASD may present a number of challenges, not least two different operating systems trying their best to interface, with, on occasion, frustrating outcomes.

This lecture aims to provide a broader understanding of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their clinical dental management.

CPD webinars


CPD points: 1 (one)

Presenter: A/Prof Louise Young

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain the steps in the One Minute Preceptor
  • Ask high and low cognitive level questions
  • Describe the principles of giving performance feedback
  • Discuss the impact of failing to fail

If you wish to broaden your knowledge and skill in this area, you may wish to explore a Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education.

CPD webinars