Goodfellow webinar marathon


1. Contraception update with Orna McGinn

2. Managing difficult blood pressures with Hari Talreja

3. COVID-19: Q&A with Steve Richie & Bryan Betty

4. Benign prostate problems - beyond the basics, with Simon Van Rij

5. Beyond mesh - I have a mesh, should I be worried, with Eva Fong

6. No sweat… treating hyperhidrosis and facial blushing with Indran Ramanathan

Thank you to all those who attended and to Mercy Ascot who supported the day.

08:30 - 09:20

Contraception update (click here)

Orna McGinn

09:40 - 10:25

Managing difficult blood pressures (click here)

Hari Talreja

10:45 - 11:30

COVID-19: Q&A (click here)

Steve Richie & Bryan Betty

12:30 - 13:15

Benign prostate problems - beyond the basics
(click here)

Simon Van Rij

13:35 - 14:20

Beyond mesh - I have a mesh, should I be worried
(click here)

Eva Fong

14:40 - 15:25

No sweat… treating hyperhidrosis and facial blushing
(click here)

Indran Ramanathan

A huge thank you to MercyAscot for supporting this day of webinars for primary care practitioners.


Contraception update

Exciting times - Mirena and Jaydess are about to be fully funded; the Ministry of Health have released money to increase access to LARCs in primary care; and national contraception guidelines and training are being developed. Make sure you are up to date by attending this interactive session which will cover topics such as tailored  pill regimes, 365 day pill taking, 'quick starting' contraception, best practice LARC counselling, when Jaydess may be a better option than Mirena ...and more. E mail any questions beforehand to [email protected]


Orna has been in New Zealand 8 years after working as a GP and family planning doctor in the UK since 1999. She works part time as a GP in Pakuranga and also works in a DHB funded free contraception clinic in Mangere, South Auckland. In addition she teaches Womens Health at the University of Auckland and is currently the Clinical Director of Primary Care Womens Health at Auckland DHB.

Managing difficult blood pressure

Patients with difficult-to-control hypertension have increased cardiovascular risks including mortality. And not uncommonly our primary care physicians have to deal with such challenging cases. This talk will take you through the basics of hypertension and blood pressure targets, delve a bit into secondary hypertension, and focus mainly on approach to managing resistant hypertension along with some case-based scenarios.

Hari Talreja

I am a Consultant Renal Physician with Counties Manukau Health, Auckland. My basic training is from Mumbai, India. I have completed advanced training from University of Ottawa, Canada. I have fellowships in Hypertension and Renal Transplantation. I am certified by the American Society of Hypertension as a Specialist in Clinical Hypertension. Also, I am pursuing Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.

At Middlemore Hospital, I am the Clinical Lead for Renal Transplantation, Hypertension and dialysis software program, Clinical Vision implementation. I started the Hypertension Clinic at Counties Manukau Health in 2014, and have been upskilling one of the nurses interested in Hypertension. With MPH, I am planning to conduct clinical research in this field.

COVID-19 Q & A

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by surprise with the speed and aggressiveness of its spread. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there that is constantly changing making it difficult to grasp the relevant key points as health practitioners. During this webinar infectious disease specialist Steve Ritchie and RNZCGP Medical Director Bryan Betty will be going through FAQ and pertinent points around COVID-19. We will then open up the floor for the audience for further questions.

Steve Ritchie

Dr Steve Ritchie (MBCHB, PhD, FRACP) is an Auckland DHB Infectious Disease Physician and Clinical Senior lecturer at Auckland University. He is interested in all infectious diseases, but has a particular interest in skin infections and staphylococcal disease. In recent years he has been involved in a number of studies to find ways to decrease antibiotic consumption.

Bryan Betty

Bryan is a Wellington-based GP, who was previously Deputy Medical Director for PHARMAC. He is presently Medical Director  of the College of GPs.  He is a practicing GP, who works in Cannons Creek, East Porirua  - a suburb known for its high needs and social deprivation.  Bryan sits on the Board of Tu Ora Compass Health PHO and is  on the National Diabetes Leadership Group.

Benign prostate problems – beyond the basics

An in-depth look at prostatitis pelvic pain and introducing new techniques for prostate enlargement treatment. I will also showcase a series of case studies of common urological problems that can be managed in primary care; what are the red flags and when it would be appropriate to refer.

Simon Van Rij MB ChB 2006 Otago; FRACS (Urol) 2015

Simon is a NZ trained urologist with a passion for men's health and for ensuring that NZ men receive the world's best level of care. After completing his training he headed to Melbourne for a fellowship in robotic surgery and complex uro-oncology. Using these skills he worked at Guy's Hospital in London as a robotic consultant specialist in the largest prostate/kidney center in the UK.

Simon was integral in the prostate cancer diagnostic program using MRI fusion technology. During this time he was asked to teach and present to other urologists throughout the world about these techniques. Simon was also employed for his expertise in laser HOLEP surgery in this highly specialised field. He has extensive experience in Laparoscopic surgery and kidney stone treatments and surgery and treats all other urological conditions including vasectomy and circumcision.

Beyond mesh – I have a mesh, should I be worried?

Eva will discuss current mesh issues and advice on alternative treatments, including the kind of advice can you offer to your patients in situ.

Eva Fong MB ChB 2000 Auckland; FRACS (Urol) 2010

Eva is a New Zealand-trained Auckland urologist specialising in female urology and urogynaecology. She was born and raised in Wellington, attended the University of Auckland School of Medicine and completed the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Advanced training in urology. Eva undertook a two year American board of urology accredited fellowship in New York in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Eva divides her time professionally between Waitemata District Health Board and ONESIXONE Medical Group.

No sweat: treating hyperhidrosis and facial blushing

An update on the medical and minimally invasive surgical treatment of these very common problems.

Indran Ramanathan

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mercy Hospital and Auckland City Hospital (2008+)

  • 1996 MBBS, The University of Sydney
  • 2004 PhD, The University of Sydney
  • 2006 Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • 2006 Senior Clinical Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 2007 Senior Clinical Fellow, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Thank you to all those who attended and to MercyAscot who supported the day.

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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