PSA – to test or not to test: that is the question

WEBINAR: Tuesday, 11 August 2020. 7.30 - 8.45 pm

Consultant Urologists Drs Jim Duthie and Kamran Zargar will discuss the current levels of prostate cancer testing in New Zealand, highlight issues related to this, and educate health professionals on the current approaches being adopted internationally for prostate cancer testing and diagnosis. 

As a part of their discussion this webinar will cover the background to PSA testing, the debate about overdiagnosis and overtreatment, what is actually happening with PSA testing in NZ and recent re-think on PSA testing from an international perspective.  Dr Duthie and Dr Zargar will also talk through key points of mitigating overdiagnosis and overtreatment, PSA anxiety - to know or not to know as well as implementing routine testing in a GP practice. 

Questions will be welcomed during the course of the webinar. Please note that the webinar may run slightly over time so as many of your questions as possible can be answered.




A/Professor Kamran Zargar MBCHB, MD, FRACS     

Kamran is an Associate Professor in Urology, specialising in Genitourinary Oncologist, with fellowship training in management of urological malignancies and robotic surgery.

He graduated from Otago Medical School and completed urological training in New Zealand, before spending a year of fellowship in Australia. He has also completed an MD (Thesis) in Auckland in 2010. Following this he spent two additional years of fellowship training in Moffitt Cancer Centre, Tampa, Florida, gaining valuable experience in open and robotic surgery, assessment and treatment of complex urological malignancies. Kamran is the director of Auckland Urology Research Group. He supervises three PhD candidates and his team has undertaken a large scale study of PSA testing, diagnosis and treatment outcomes for Prostate cancer in New Zealand.

He has published over 80 peer reviewed original articles, review papers, invited commentaries and book chapters, and is an editorial board member and reviewer for a number of urological journals.


Dr Jim Duthie

Jim is a Urological Surgeon at Tauranga DHB and Bay Urology Tauranga specialising in prostate cancer. He spent a year sub-specialising in robotic surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, the largest cancer research institution in the Southern hemisphere. He has published research and written textbook chapters on robotic surgery, prostate cancer, and neurological bladder disorders, and has developed two smart phone apps and a number of electronic resources for prostate cancer patients.

Jim has a particular interest in high-risk prostate cancer, lifestyle health, and end of life care. He has a degree in Psychology from Otago University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition. He is a medical advisor to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Testicular Cancer NZ and is a blogger for the European Medical Journal, British Journal of Urology International, and NZ Doctor magazine.

This webinar is sponsored with an unrestricted grant from:


This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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