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Haemochromatosis: 2. Is it really haemochromatosis? Diagnosis and misdiagnosis

This module provides an overview of hereditary haemochromatosis and the symptoms of iron overload. Participants will gain an understanding of how to interpret iron study results, and how to determine when genetic testing is warranted. The module also covers how to access the therapeutic venesection service offered by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Haemochromatosis: 3. Therapeutic venesection for haemochromatosis

In this module, participants will learn about appropriate induction and maintenance venesection schedules for patients with hereditary haemochromatosis, as well as circumstances that warrant referral to a specialist. Participants will also learn how to access the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) High Ferritin app, and how to use it to screen patients for their eligibility to access therapeutic venesection. The module also looks at how to access local alternatives to the ARCBS therapeutic venesection service.

Haemochromatosis: Preventing harm caused by iron overload with timely diagnosis and best practice management

Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Caucasian people of northern European descent, with signs and symptoms that are highly variable. Living with haemochromatosis is an individual journey that requires consistent, medically supported self-management strategies guided by a positive attitude and awareness of their condition to achieve optimal disease management. This activity aims to educate GPs about the genetic cause of hereditary haemochromatosis and management techniques such as therapeutic venesection.