In Practice: TGA updates advice on breast implants

Morgan Liotta

9/02/2023 1:11:14 PM

New information on the link between anaplastic large cell lymphoma and certain types of breast implants is now available.

GP holding breast implants
Following updated TGA advice, GPs are urged to report any issues associated with breast implant devices to the regulator.

This week’s round-up also includes a number of upcoming professional development events on heart disease, maternity care and digital health.
TGA updates to breast implant devices
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has updated its advice on breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
Information for both health professionals and consumers has been updated:

The TGA has been monitoring issues related to BIA-ALCL since an association between breast implants and ALCL was identified in 2019. The regulator has said it will continue to monitor the safety of breast implants, and urges health professionals to report any problems associated with these devices to the TGA.
Preventing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: Webinar series
This three-part webinar series aims to help GPs progress through the topics of ‘Identify’, ‘Optimise’, and ‘Review’ to proactively identify high-risk patients for secondary prevention.
Patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), such as those with a history of acute coronary syndrome, stroke, and/or coronary revascularisation, are at highest risk of a subsequent event and are candidates for secondary prevention. 
The first webinar in the series will focus on the role of GPs in proactively identifying high-risk patients for secondary prevention and the importance of managing modifiable risk factors to reduce the risk of recurrent events.
Webinar 1: The role of GPs in preventing subsequent events in patients with ASCVD – Identification
Wednesday 15 March, 7.00 – 8.00 pm (AEDT)
Register online.
Practice essentials webinar series
The RACGP, in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency, is running a series of digital health webinars in the first half of 2023.
Next webinar: Supporting telehealth services in residential aged care facilities: The case for My Health Record
Wednesday 15 February, 11.00 – 11.30 am (AEDT)
Learn more about how My Health Record can support telehealth consultations in residential aged care facilities to improve quality of life, care coordination and medicines safety.
Learning outcomes include:
  • Articulate how My Health Record can support telehealth consultations in residential aged care facilities
  • Apply the use of My Health Record when consulting via telehealth with patients in residential aged care facilities 
Register online.
Maternity moments webinar series
History, examination, investigation, treatment and management are crucial to the GP’s role in supporting and providing high-quality care to women during their pre-conception, pregnancy and postpartum journey.
But how can time-poor clinicians best ensure the important questions and information are passed on in a timely manner, follow clinical guidelines and provide meaningful, patient-centred care at this important time?
Dr Wendy Burton, Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Antenatal and Postnatal Care, has created a short, sharp educational lunchtime webinar series from 1.00 – 1.30 pm (AEDT) with the busy GP in mind. Participants will follow the consult journey of:
  IMiA 2023: One week to go
GPs are well-placed to help patients struggling with addiction, providing non-judgemental support, treatment, and referral.
There is one week to go until the biennial International Medicine in Addiction (IMiA) conference begins in Melbourne on Friday to Sunday, 17–19 February.
The conference provides an opportunity to learn from, meet and collaborate with other health professionals with an interest in addressing the complex issues that come from addiction.
In collaboration between the RACGP, RACP and RANZCP, the event will present a diverse and thought-provoking program which will cover the latest in addiction research and clinical practice.
Register online.

Family and domestic violence: Lunch and Learn series
Webinar 1: Friday 17 March, 12.00 – 1.00 pm (AEDT)
The RACGP’s Lunch and Learn series is a new knowledge-sharing network created to help frontline primary care professionals develop skills and confidence in responding to family violence.
Held on the third Friday of every month, the CPD-approved series provides an opportunity to gain insights and support in managing family violence.
Members will learn alongside other primary care professionals keen to make a difference in this area. As a complex area of practice, learning from one another’s lived experience of supporting those impacted is a valuable tool.
Each Lunch and Learn session includes:
  • three expert panel members
  • a presentation on a different aspect of family violence
  • de-identified case presentations (participants can also submit their own case)
  • Q&A.
Register online.

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