Proactively identifying and managing iron deficiency in primary care

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Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in Australia and is significantly underdiagnosed, but increased testing and targeted management can improve outcomes.1
A/Prof Ralph Audehm discusses the proactive identification of patients who may be iron deficient, and outlines useful management methods involving education, diet and iron supplementation.

Questions asked in the video

  1. What is iron deficiency anaemia, and what are its risks if untreated? 0:00
  2. How can you proactively identify patients who may be iron deficient? 0:41
  3. What are some likely causes of iron deficiency at each life stage? 2:25
  4. What education would you provide patients who are iron deficient? 3:44
  5. When and how should dietary iron intake be increased? 4:23
  6. How do you determine whether a patient requires iron supplementation? 5:19
  7. When is it appropriate to use oral and intravenous iron supplementation? 6:10


  1. Royal College of Pathologists of Australia. The Use of Iron Studies, Ferritin and Other Tests of Iron Status.,-Ferritin-and-Other-Tests. Accessed July 2020.

This activity is sponsored by Aspen Australia and Vifor Pharma.