This module looks at the common causes of under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis of hereditary haemochromatosis in Australia. Participants will learn how to determine when hereditary haemochromatosis should be part of their differential diagnosis. The module also covers iron study test results and how to explain these results to patients.
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.
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.
This module provides an overview of the patient perspective for hereditary haemochromatosis, and the common concerns of patients living with this inherited disorder. The module provides information on the components of self-management such as lifestyle choices, diet, and therapeutic venesection.
This module looks at the symptoms and management of common causes of vision loss and common eye conditions. Participants will learn how to ensure patient safety and eye health by identifying those at risk and by appropriately referring to an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The module includes targeted information about eye health in specific patient groups, including elderly patients and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugee, and CALD populations.
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.
This short quiz looks at a case study of a 25-year-old patient in a domestic relationship.
Iron deficiency (ID) is the most common nutritional deficiency in Australia. Management is based on initiation of iron therapy to correct ID, and concurrent diagnosis and management of the underlying cause. This clinical audit aims to improve the management of patients with iron deficiency following oral or IV iron supplementation.