Primary Care Update 2021

Welcome to the Goodfellow Unit Primary Care Update, 11th September 2021.

A full online webinar day for your convenience, including:

  • A day of practice-changing New Zealand specific updates.
  • 5.5 CPD points (RNZCGP) and up to 5.5  hours of professional development endorsed by the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ).
  • All presentations include a q&a session.
  • Ongoing access to webinar archives of the presentations.



08:30 Welcome


  • Hypertension treatment since Cilazapril discontinued
Hari Talreja


  • Asthma and COPD - suggested management strategies for common presentations
Nicola Corna


  • New surgical option for OSA management
Sumit Samant
09:55 Break


  • What's new in prostate testing 
Andrew Lienert

Mental Health 

  • Selecting the right SSRI
Rob Shieff
11:10 Prescribing:
  • Macrobid  
  • What to chose re: SGLT2 inhibitors and GLP1 agonists
Bruce Arroll/Linda Bryant
11:25 Break


  • Statins – differentiating true myalgias + how to manage them
Chris Ellis


  • Eczema: optimising treatment: appropriate topical corticosteroid use, addressing phobia; the role of specialist in eczema care
AJ Seine

Sports medicine

  • Shoulder injury: When to refer, who is likely to need surgery (particularly rotator cuff issues)
Dan Exeter
12:55 Break


  • Gout diagnosis and management, including asymptomatic hyperuricaemia and the role of CT for diagnosis   
Nicola Dalbeth


  • Prediabetes 
  • New diabetes medication overview
Ryan Paul
14:25 Break

Sexual health

  • Updated NZSHS updated guidelines
Sunita Azariah
15:10 Primary care snippets  Bruce Arroll
Wrap up



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The cost for this event is:

$325 Doctor
$250 Nurse Practitioner
$150 Nurse/Nurse Prescriber, Pharmacist, Registrars and other allied health professionals.

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Hari Talreja
Consultant Renal Physician

Hari is a Consultant Renal Physician with Counties Manukau Health Auckland and is the Clinical Lead for Renal Transplantation and Hypertension. He has received formal training in Hypertension in Canada and has passed the American Society of Hypertension exams. He started the Hypertension Clinic at Counties Manukau Health in 2014.  

He practices in private at Ponsonby Specialist Centre, Ponsonby and Medical Specialist Group, Epsom.

Nicola Corna
Nurse Practitioner

Nicola has worked as part of the respiratory team at Counties Manukau District Health Board for almost 20 years. She is involved with a variety of working groups, including local DHB asthma pathways and guidelines, and regional COPD health pathways and initiatives. Nicola was the nursing representative on the COPD EAG for the Ministry of Health and most recently part of the team who have developed New Zealand’s first national COPD guidelines.


Sumit Samant

Sumit is a New Zealand trained upper airway surgeon specialising in surgery for snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea, nose and sinuses, including complex functional septorhinoplasties.

He is a consultant at Auckland City Hospital, ENT Associates and Auckland Sleep. Sumit is Chair of the Regional Auckland Sleep Multi-Disciplinary Meeting, a member of the International Surgical Sleep Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Australasian Sleep Association and World Sleep Society.

Andrew Lienert

Andrew is a New Zealand trained urologist specialising in laparoscopic uro-oncology and kidney stone surgery. He also provides a full range of general urological expertise. He divides his time between public and private practice, and has published several peer-reviewed scientific papers and has presented at both local and international meetings. He is currently the director of urology training for the Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs.

Rob Shieff

Rob is a general adult psychiatrist who works in full-time private practice in Auckland. He is particularly interested in the assessment and management of Mood (Depression and Bipolar Disorder) and Anxiety Disorders. Rob has considerable expertise in the provision of both pharmacological and short-term/skills-based (CBT and applications of Mindfulness) psychological interventions for these conditions.

Linda Bryant
Clinical Pharmacist

Linda is a clinical advisory and prescribing pharmacist who works with Newtown Union Health Service and Porirua Union and Community Health Service. Until recently Linda taught postgraduate pharmacy students, though now focuses on advocating and supporting others with research and improving prescribing in primary care.

Bruce Arroll
General Practitioner

Bruce spends three half days per week in clinical practice working at Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa in South Auckland. The rest of his time is spent at the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. He became the director of the Goodfellow Unit in 2014.

Chris Ellis
Consultant Cardiologist

Chris is a Consultant Cardiologist with more than 25 years experience as a Specialist at Auckland City Hospital. He is now working full-time at The Heart Group and Mercy Hospital in Auckland. He aims to practice optimal, patient-focused medicine. He has a subspecialist interest in the acute coronary syndromes, primary and secondary prevention of ischaemic heart disease, the management of lipids, hypertension, and the assessment of cardiovascular risk.

AJ Seine

AJ is a dermatologist having recently completed his registrar training. He is currently undertaking a Mohs micrographic surgical fellowship in Tauranga at the Skin Centre. He has a strong interest in education for Primary Care providers as he believes good basic dermatology knowledge in this forum can make a significant difference to health outcomes for the general population and ease the burden on a taxed and limited secondary and tertiary dermatology care.

Dan Exeter
Sport and Exercise Physician

Dan is a Sport and Exercise Physician and returned to Axis in 2014 after a two-year stint in Australia where he worked at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre and as team physician at Hawthorn Football Club. Dan has active research interests in the areas of injury prevention and cardiac screening of athletes. He is also interested in physician-performed ultrasound and performs ultrasound-guided injections at Axis Sports’ Merton Road site. Dan has a Senior Lecturer role with the University of Auckland.

Nicola Dalbeth

Professor Nicola Dalbeth is a rheumatologist who holds dual appointments at the Auckland District Health Board and the University of Auckland.
She works in general adult rheumatology practice and is the triage-lead for ADHB Rheumatology. At the University of Auckland, she leads a research programme focusing on the mechanisms, impact and treatment of gout.

Ryan Paul
Endocrinologist and Diabetologist

Ryan works at the Waikato District Health Board. He is active in research in his roles as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato and as a Clinical Associate of the Maurice Wilkins Centre. He is also a clinical advisor for Diabetes and Exercise and Sports Association (DESA) and Diabetes and Eating Disorder Awareness. Ryan is the current President of the New Zealand Society of Endocrinology (NZSE) and an Executive Member of the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD).

Sunita Azariah
Sexual Health Specialist

Sunita is a Sexual Health Physician who is employed at Auckland District Health Board.  She completed a diploma of public health in 2001 and is interested in public health measures to reduce the incidence and prevalence of bacterial STI, health promotion.

Recognition of Learning Activities

The “Goodfellow GP Update” activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Auckland faculty and has been approved for up to 5.5 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

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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