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Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Heart Failure in General Practice

Heart failure is a significant health issue in Australia, with complex diagnostic and management methods that must be tailored to each patient. This ALM comprehensively covers the many stages of heart failure management including the identification of risk factors, diagnosis and investigations, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management, management of progression and comorbidities, the use of implantable devices and end-of-life care, and multidisciplinary care programs.

Heart Failure in General Practice: Aetiology and presentation

Heart failure is a significant health issue in Australia with a mortality rate comparable to the common forms of cancer, but early detection and management can significantly improve patient outcomes. This module outlines the signs and symptoms of heart failure, and the screening of individuals with increased risk factors.
This is one module in the Heart Failure in General Practice series.
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Heart Failure in General Practice: Investigation and diagnosis

Early investigation is critical to determining the cause of heart failure, its mechanism and any exacerbating factors, allowing for management to be optimised for each patient. This module explores the diagnostic investigations essential for heart failure including echocardiography, ECG, chest X-ray and blood tests, as well as guidance on interpreting results.

Heart Failure in General Practice: Non-pharmacological management

Non-pharmacological management is essential for the management of heart failure, and patient education is crucial for effective self-management. This module explores the many non-pharmacological management options for HF both in the general practice and patient self-care settings, highlighting the roles that multidisciplinary health professionals can take.

Heart Failure in General Practice: Progression, comorbidities and end-of-life care

The management of exacerbating factors and comorbidities to maintain quality of life is an important component of heart failure management. This module outlines ways to identify and control exacerbating factors and comorbidities that may affect HF, and explores the role of non-surgical devices and end-of-life care.

Heart Failure in General Practice: Multidisciplinary care and practical strategies

Multidisciplinary care can prevent heart failure in people at risk, prolong survival, reduce hospital admissions and improve quality of life. This module explores the effective use of multidisciplinary care for heart failure management, including the preparation of short and long-term management plans and referral to other health professionals.

MEDTalks - Biologics: The Fundamentals and the Future

Watch the recording of the ‘Biologics: The Fundamentals and the Future’ MEDTalks, live from GPCE Brisbane. While biologics have been around since 2003, they are still shrouded in mystery. Biologics are an expanding group of medications produced from living cells used in complex conditions like auto immune diseases and some cancers. New uses are coming and GPs need to be ready.

MEDTalks - Getting to Grips with COPD

Watch the recording of the ‘Getting to Grips with COPD’ MEDTalks, live from GPCE Perth, including four inspiring, thought provoking talks from a panel of respiratory experts who present real patient case studies to hone in on symptoms, signs and investigations to clinch the diagnosis of COPD, while putting the impact of the disease under the microscope.

ThinkGP Live Bunbury 2018 - Chronic Heart Failure and the Critical Role of the Primary Care Team ALM

18 August 2018, Best Western Plus Bunbury Hotel Lord Forrest
Join us for this impactful, 1 day Active Learning Module (ALM) designed to bring GPs, GP registrars and practice nurses together as we put the spotlight on the role of the whole primary care team in the early recognition and optimal management of chronic heart failure.

ThinkGP Live Tamworth 2018 - Chronic Heart Failure and the Critical Role of the Primary Care Team ALM

25 August 2018, Sanctuary Inn Best Western Tamworth
Join us for this impactful, 1 day Active Learning Module (ALM) designed to bring GPs, GP registrars and practice nurses together as we put the spotlight on the role of the whole primary care team in the early recognition and optimal management of chronic heart failure.

ThinkGP Live Nowra 2018 - Chronic Heart Failure and the Critical Role of the Primary Care Team ALM

1 September 2018, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
Join us for this impactful, 1 day Active Learning Module (ALM) designed to bring GPs, GP registrars and practice nurses together as we put the spotlight on the role of the whole primary care team in the early recognition and optimal management of chronic heart failure.