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Recognition of Competency in Thoracic Ultrasound, Bronchoscopy, EBUS-TBNA and ICC Insertion

Recognition of Competency in Thoracic Ultrasound, Bronchoscopy, EBUS-TBNA and ICC Insertion

Date Recorded: 30th July 2020

Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

The TSANZ IP SIG Convenors presented this webinar to outline the existing TSANZ Competency Programs in Thoracic Ultrasound, Flexible Bronchoscopy in Adults, EBUS-TBNA and ICC Insertion and how to apply!

Registration:

To register your interest in the on-demand recording, please register below. You will then be sent an e-mail, allowing you to obtain the recording links through Vimeo.

Category Fee (excl. GST)
TSANZ Members Free
Non-members $20

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Please contact the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200 or e-mail tsanzeducation@thoracic.org.au

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

Research Roundup:

July 2022

Welcome Message

Welcome to another issue of Research Roundup. Best of luck to everyone who applied for the recent Medical Research Future Fund grants. I hope you have all caught up on some sleep by now!

Speaking of grants there is a whole host of opportunities listed in this newsletter and quite a few are closing soon. TSANZ has two travel grants closing at the start of August, one for the inaugural TSANZSRS Education Hub, and one for the TSANZSRS NZ Branch ASM. Speaking of the NZ Branch ASM, their new investigator award closes on the 14th of August. Outside of TSANZ Cure4CF’s Holckner Family CF Impact Grant is offering up to $500,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research and this grant closes on the 5th of August. For those working outside of research ELF has grants of up to €1,000 for not-for-profit organisations, patient groups and healthcare professionals closing very soon, on the 31st of July.

In addition, the TSANZSRS ASM abstract linked awards have just opened! Details for these awards are outlined below. In related and exciting news, the value of both the Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award and Janet Elder International Travel Awards have increased to $5k each. A lot of the abstract linked awards are targeted to early-mid career researchers. If you fit into this category and have been thinking about submitting an abstract to TSANZ, you should absolutely consider extending your application to go for one, or even both of these awards at the same time. It may just be the steppingstone that takes you that little bit further along your career path.

The Limbic, Respirology and Respiratory Research Review have some excellent reads, and if you’re after further educational opportunities there are some interesting webinars across the next week. RACP are running a COVID webinar series in July, there’s one more session you can catch on the 28th; “COVID-19: Where to now?”. Next month on the 3rd of August ACTnet running a seminar on TB genomics.

Finally, if you ever find yourself feeling a little deprived of motivation, I strongly suggest a google search for Admiral McRaven’s 2014 commencement speech. He outlines 10 life lessons from his time as a navy seal…no wait, don’t stop reading yet. Seriously. I now have each of these printed on 10 A4 pieces of paper on the wall in my office. He has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for me, and for those of you who may be looking for that little push to open your next grant application template, this may be the productive procrastination activity for you.

As always, happy researching everyone.

A/Prof Kristin Carson-Chahhoud
Chair, Research Sub-Committee 

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ NZ Branch ASM 2022 Travel Grant – closing 1st August 2022

TSANZSRS NZ Branch Meeting 2022 New Investigator Award – Abstract Submissions close 14th August 2022

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application and follow the instructions online.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator (TSANZawards@thoracic.org.au) with any questions, comments or enquires.

TSANZSRS Annual Scientific Meeting 2023

Call for Abstracts

On behalf of the Organising Committees, we warmly invite you to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Australia and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. The TSANZSRS 2023 meeting will be held at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre from 25th – 28th March 2023 with opportunities to attend pre-conference Postgraduate Courses on Friday 24th March.

TSANZ abstract awards are now open!

For more information regarding the TSANZSRS 2023 ASM and how to apply for the above awards visit https://www.tsanzsrsasm.com/

 

TSANZ Surveys

Help us improve our educational offerings to members and our skill base by completing the below surveys!

TSANZ Methodology Survey

Evidence-based practice skills among members of the TSANZ

The TSANZ is conducting this voluntary survey to identify members who have specific evidence-based practice (EBP) methodology skills to support the production of position statements and clinical practice guidelines by the Society.

We are asking you to fill out a questionnaire, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The study gives you an opportunity to tell us about:

  • The skills you have to perform specific elements of a systematic review for the development of Society documents
  • Your interest to learn/improve specific skills or share/teach specific skills

Survey link: https://forms.office.com/r/W6SUisW70g

TSANZ Training Needs Analysis Survey

We are asking all members to complete our first-ever Training Needs Analysis Survey regardless of role, profession, or whether you are clinical or not.

This short survey will only take approximately 12 minutes to complete and is a set of multiple-choice questions.

The Thoracic Society is committed to continuing its development of education offerings and strives to improve our learning opportunities and develop education where gaps exist. We will use this data to evaluate all continuous professional development programs and improve our educational offerings.

This training needs analysis survey utilises the Hennessy-Hicks training needs assessment tool (Hennessy D, Hicks C 2011), endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It will provide reliable information about current performance levels and skill areas requiring further development. It is considered best practice for analysing training needs helping to address problems in turning knowledge into action.

The Thoracic Society would like to thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

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Education Hub Travel Grants

The TSANZ and ANZSRS have established a scheme to assist early-career members to attend the TSANZSRS Education Hub. This is to encourage active participation in the Hub and will be awarded to eligible applicants planning to pursue a career in respiratory medicine or related fields.

The travel grant for the 2022 TSANZSRS Education Hub will be to contribute to travel costs to maximum of AU$250*
* based on individual travel requirements with submitted evidence of costs.

Please click here for more information on the travel grant guidelines and eligibility criteria!

Please click here to register for the TSANZSRS Education Hub!

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 27.8 August 2022

Inhalational Exposures in Patients with Fibrotic Interstitial Lung Disease: Presentation, Pulmonary Function, and Survival in the Canadian Registry for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Cathryn T. Lee,Mary E. Strek,Ayodeji Adegunsoye,Alyson W. Wong,Deborah Assayag,Gerard Cox,Charlene D. Fell,Jolene H. Fisher,Andrea S. Gershon,Andrew J. Halayko,Nathan Hambly,Nasreen Khalil,Martin Kolb,Stacey D. Lok,Hélène Manganas,Veronica Marcoux,Julie Morisset,Mohsen Sadatsafavi,Shane Shapera,Teresa To,Pearce Wilcox,Christopher J. Ryerson,Kerri A. Johannson

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14267

 

External Grant Opportunities

European Lung Foundation Healthy Lungs for Life Grants

European Lung Foundation (ELF) is offering grants to support Healthy Lungs for Life activities.

Not-for-profit organisations, patient groups and healthcare professionals can apply for a grant of up to €1,000 to support events and activities that meet one or more of the aims of the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign:

Increase knowledge of the impact of poor air quality on lung health and the actions that everyone can take to reduce air pollution and avoid exposure
Highlight the benefits of quitting smoking
Increase knowledge of the importance of physical activity for lung health
Raise awareness of vaccination to prevent lung infections
This year we also strongly welcome applications linked to the topic of climate change and lung health.

Applications are now open for events focused on World Lung Day and awareness days later in 2022. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2022. To find out more and apply please follow this link.

Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation National Grant Round

Grant Round Now Open – Holckner Family CF Impact Grant

In 2022 Cure4CF will provide up to $500,000 to advance medical innovations in cystic fibrosis. We prioritise research with a clear translational path that seeks to develop therapies or cures that will result in an increase in average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis with consideration given to quality of life. Grant round closes August the 5th at 5pm ACST.

Visit https://www.cure4cf.org/research-grants-2022/ to find out more

Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP): SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 Investigator Initiated Grants

Effective January 2022, the Merck Investigator Studies Program Review Committee (MISP-RC) for SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 TREATMENT will accept FUNDING ONLY, PRECLINICAL, and CLINICAL, NON-INTERVENTIONAL, submissions within our current areas of interest (AOI). This is a competitive review process that will be conducted by the MISP Review Committee. Decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit and strategic fit within the AOI. Please review the critical activities and abide by the timelines as outlined below. Clinical, interventional/treatment AOIs will be added at an upcoming date; until then any submission for use of molnupiravir in a treatment or prophylaxis study WILL NOT be reviewed. The following areas are of interest to Investigator Studies Program Committee:

  • In vitro studies to assess the antiviral activity of NHC against RNA viruses of human significance
  • Proof of concept studies demonstrating the antiviral activity and mechanism of action of molnupiravir in validated animal models of zoonotic RNA viral infections
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the development and mechanism of viral resistance to NHC/molnupiravir by RNA viruses of human significance
  • In vitro or animal studies to assess the relationship between the number and type of accumulated errors in the viral genome and impact on viral infectivity
  • Studies that may validate a standardized definition for post-acute SARS-COV2 (PASC) or long-COVID
  • Studies that may provide clinical or biomarker predictors of infection severity in COVID-19 in children (<18 yr olds)
  • Studies that may better characterize moderate/severe breakthrough infections and/or provide predictors of severe COVID-19 in high risk vaccinated populations such as the elderly, transplant recipients (solid organ or allogeneic stem cell transplant) and other immunocompromised/immunosuppressed patient populations, persons with BMI >30, DM, cardiopulmonary disease, and/or BIPOC, LatinX, native peoples.

Please complete the corresponding preclinical or clinical PROTOCOL and BUDGET templates via the Company’s on-line study management system (in US) or your MSD country representative (outside US). The submissions will be collectively reviewed and selected by the MISP Committee.

https://engagezone.msd.com/SARS_Cov-2_COVID-19.php

Review Cycle 3: August 24, 2022

If you would like more information, or are interested in submitting a proposal related to an area of interest please email mandeep.sembi@msd.com

Surveys and Research

Perspectives on Telehealth for the care of patients with Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

We are recruiting health professionals who are involved in the care of patients with Interstitial lung disease (ILD) to participate in this research project. Telehealth for ILD provides an opportunity to improve access to healthcare for patients. Its use has rapidly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, however there is still a high level of dissatisfaction with telehealth amongst both patients with ILD and healthcare professionals. This study will help us to understand the opinions and experiences of patients with ILD, their caregivers and health professionals of using telehealth in the management of ILD, and ways in which the model can be improved.

Participation in the study will involve taking part in one interview, either in person, over the phone or via zoom. If you are interested in participating or would like further information on this study, please contact:
Dr Sheetal Deshpande
Phone: 03 9903 0214
Email: sheetal.deshpande1@monash.edu

SINFONIA Singing for breathing trial

SINFONIA is a multi-site, online singing for breathing trial for people with COPD or ILD and their caregivers. This study is led by a research team at Monash University (A/Prof Natasha Smallwood) and aims to investigate if group singing classes assist with improvement in symptom management and overall wellbeing. The trial is not just limited to people in Victoria, as people from around Australia can be referred or self-refer to take part. In case you are interested in telling your patients about the study, the eligibility criteria are:

  • Patients aged over 18 with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD or ILD on lung function (within last 2 years) or CT (last 5 years)
  • Stable on treatment for at least 4 weeks (i.e. no new or changed cardiorespiratory medications or hospital admissions for COPD or ILD)
  • Breathless: mMRC ≥ 2
  • NOT currently participating in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Capable and willing to give informed consent
  • Carers aged over 18 years may also participate

Participants in the online singing group will attend a 90-minute online group singing session once a week, for 12 weeks. People randomised to the control group (delayed entry) will be offered to join the singing sessions after 3 months.

Patients or clinicians can refer by contacting our team’s research assistant Catherine Buchan: c.buchan@alfred.org.au.

Views of healthcare professionals on smoking cessation options project

Are you a health professional who provides smoking cessation advice to the people you see?

Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking health practitioners for research exploring smoking cessation treatment in a changing regulatory environment. Participation involves a 30 minute interview about your experiences and views on smoking cessation options.

This project is led by Dr Kylie Morphett at the UQ School of Public Health and you can find out more and register your interest here: https://tobacco-endgame.centre.uq.edu.au/our-research/views-healthcare-professionals-smoking-cessation-options-project

We need healthcare professionals involved in pulmonary rehabilitation to complete our online survey

Researchers from the University of Newcastle are conducting an online survey study to better understand current pulmonary rehabilitation programme practices for prescribing exercise intensity for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We want to know:
1) How exercise intensity is commonly prescribed; and
2) How the availability of different resources influences current practices around prescription of exercise intensity.

You are eligible to complete the online survey if you have knowledge of how the exercise training is prescribed for people with COPD who attend the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work. If this is not your area of expertise, you may forward this study information on to a healthcare provider who would be best placed to complete the survey on behalf of your pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

Participation in this study involves completing a one-off online survey. It is estimated that this survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete the survey in one session. You can save it and come back to it later. We will not ask you to enter any information that identifies you or the pulmonary rehabilitation programme where you work.
You can find more information about the survey, and complete the survey, by clicking on this link: https://redcap.hmri.org.au/surveys/?s=989TJJH4NETCY7LY

We are also conducting a parallel survey of people with COPD. If you could please help to distribute this to people who are living with COPD and attend, or have attended, your pulmonary rehabilitation programme, that would be much appreciated. The study information and flyer (with the COPD survey link) that can be sent to people with COPD, can be found by clicking this link: COPD survey (https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ar_gKTMrKI41gWHGMFe57HUfd8p_?e=KBKyxg)
Please contact the lead researcher, Dr Hayley Lewthwaite (hayley.lewthwaite@newcastle.edu.au), if you have any questions about
the online surveys.

Climate Change and Health – WA Healthcare Professionals Survey

The University of Western Australia and Department of Health WA are interested in your views on climate change and health. The information gathered through this project will be used to develop public health messaging and resources for both community and health professionals.

All WA healthcare professionals and healthcare workers with direct client or patient care contact are encouraged to participate. The survey is open from 18 July 2022 to 15 August 2022 and can be accessed online at https://consultation.health.wa.gov.au/pahd-sdu/climate-change-and-health/, and will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete.

Queries can be directed to Sarah Joyce at the Western Australia Department of Health, via email at sarah.joyce@health.wa.gov.au, or by phone on (08) 9222 4017.

LFA COVID-19 Survey

Lung Foundation Australia (LFA) are currently running a survey to gain an understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted Australians and what healthcare, information and support may be needed to help people manage ongoing symptoms. If you’ve had COVID-19 or cared for someone who has, LFA would love to hear your experience by completing this 5-10 minute survey. Completing the survey will put you in the running to win a $150 Visa gift card!

Even if you haven’t had COVID-19, you can share your experience on the government response during the pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on your access to healthcare.

Webinars and Seminars

RACP COVID-19

The RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group invites you to attend the upcoming July COVID webinar series.

The RACP have hosted a number of COVID-19 webinar series over the past couple of years in order to inform doctors about important COVID-19 matters, discuss key information and share learnings. We have a great line-up of panellists detailed below and are looking forward to some really engaging discussions.

Please register via the link to attend: REGISTRATION LINK

CALL FOR WEBINAR QUESTIONS – 28 JULY

Do you have any burning questions that you would like us to ask at the webinars? Please send them through to COVIDERG@racp.edu.au.

COVID-19: Where to now?

Thursday 28 July, 6pm-7.30pm AEST / 8pm-9.30pm NZST

This webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of some of the lessons learned though the COVID-19 pandemic and how they might be applied moving forward. The webinar will be in the format of an open panel discussion to guided questions as well as Q&A from webinar attendees.

Hosted by:
Dr Susan Graham, rehabilitation physician and Chair of the RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group
Associate Professor Asha Bowen, Head, Skin Health Wesfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute and member of the RACP COVID-19 Expert Reference Group

Expert panellists include:
Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
Professor Christopher Blyth, Director, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases; Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist
Professor John Massie, Respiratory Physician and Clinical Director, Children’s Bioethics Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital
Dr Paresh Dawda, General Practitioner, Director and Principal Prestantia Health and Next Practice Canberra
Helen Kulas, NSW Respiratory Network Manager
Professor Peter Wark, Senior Staff Specialist – Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, John Hunter Hospital; Co-Chair NSW Respiratory Network

ACTnet TB Genomics Seminar

Whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculsosis is increasingly being
implemented for antimicrobial resistance prediction and transmission surveillance. Join us as our expert panellists discuss the application of this technology for TB control.

When: 3rd August 2022
Time: 1200pm-1330pm (AEST)
Register: Here

Speakers

Dr Chris Coulter, QLD MRL – Topic: Introduction TB to Genomics
Dr Chris Coulter is a Microbiologist, the Chair of TB Expert Advisory Group for Tuberculosis in Queensland, and the Director of the Queensland Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory

Dr Norelle Sherry – Topic: Implementation of TB Genomics for Antimicriobial Resistance Prediction and Public Health
Dr Norelle Sherry is an Infectious Diseases Physician & Clinical Microbiologist, co-appointed at MDU-PHL and Austin Health, with a special interest in antimicrobial resistance (AMR). She is also a clinician-researcher, investigating the use of genomics for surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in multiple different settings, and translation of genomics from the research lab into clinical use.

Prof Vitali Sintchenko – Topic: Case Studies in TB Genomics
Professor Vitali Sintchenko is a leading public health microbiologist and informatician who conducts research on biosurveillance of communicable diseases. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australian College of Health Informatics. As the Director of CIDM-Public Health (a translational research hub funded by NSW Health), he leads a public health and diagnostic microbiology team working toward improving laboratory and epidemiological. investigations of communicable diseases.

TBPod

The TBPod are podcasts designed for clinicians and policymakers with an interest tuberculosis. These podcasts consist of conversations with expert clinicians, researchers, policy makers and advocates about their work in the field of tuberculosis. The TBPod is prepared by ACTnet and the TB Forum and can be found on ITunes, Spotify, and the ACTnet Website.

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Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 6.03 – MARCH 2021

Research Roundup:

March 2021

Welcome Message

We hope you’ve been keeping safe and well.

The TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship is now open. This award aims to facilitate the establishment of mid-career invenstigators as independent, self-directed researchers and to foster the development of high-quality respiratory research in Australia and New Zealand.

Please note that the TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award will be closing 12 April 2021 and the Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand Primary Care Award will be closing 05 April 2021.

 

Don’t forget to register for our first ever Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting – TSANZSRS21.

Finally, please consider helping us to provide essential funding for our world class respiratory researchers and for our TSANZ awards. You can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need, whether it be a donation to our Benevolent Fund or to support research, establishing a named award or leaving TSANZ a gift in your will. Details can be found below.

Please feel free to get in touch with the office if there is anything we can do to support your research needs during this time.

Enjoy the March edition of your Research Roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

TSANZ Indigenous Respiratory Nursing Award – extended – closing 12 April 2021

Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand Primary Care Award – closing 05 April 2021

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship – closing 31 May 2021

  

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Do you know someone making a difference in their field?

Entries to the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open!

This year, there are 16 prizes on offer that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, which aim to recognise the achievements of scientists, researchers, and science communicators at all career stages.

There are prizes available for both individuals and teams, and entrants can either enter themselves or be nominated. The Eureka Prizes are open, but not limited to, those who work in research institutes, government departments, media, corporations, and universities. It’s free to enter and there’s a prize pool of $160,000 to be shared between the winners.

If you know an individual or team doing outstanding work, why not encourage them to enter?

Entries close 7pm AEST Friday 28 May

VIEW THE FULL PRIZE PROGRAM

Registrations open for ASM

Registrations are now open for our first ever Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting! Be a part of TSANZSRS21 on 1-2 May 2021 from the comfort of your own home.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 26.3 March 2021

The impact of regular bisoprolol on the response to salbutamol in asthma: A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled crossover trial

Miriam R. Bennett, Catherina L. Chang, Chris Tuffery, Sandra Hopping and Robert J. Hancox

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13955

Outcomes of protracted bacterial bronchitis in children: A 5-year prospective cohort study

Tom J.C. Ruffles, Julie M. Marchant, Ian B. Masters, Stephanie T. Yerkovich, Danielle F. Wurzel, Peter G. Gibson, Greta Busch, Katherine J. Baines, Jodie L. Simpson, Heidi C. Smith-Vaughan, Susan J. Pizzutto, Helen M. Buntain, Gregory Hodge, Sandra Hodge, John W. Upham and Anne B. Chang

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13950

ASCOT trial

ASCOT is a clinical trial that will generate clinical evidence about the most effective treatments and combinations of treatments for COVID-19 that can be applied during the pandemic to reduce mortality or the need for mechanical ventilation in hospitalised but not yet critically ill patients with COVID-19.

The trial is conducted on an adaptive platform, results will be continually analysed, so that ineffective therapies can be stopped and new therapies can be evaluated as part of the trial. The trial will be conducted across more than 60 sites in Australia, New Zealand, Indian and Denmark. The trial is registered at: ACTRN12620000445976, Ethics approval granted through Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee HREC/62646/MH-2020.097

Potential Treatments for COVID-19

The global response to COVID-19 is working to accelerate diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. While remdesivir has been shown to accelerate time to recovery, and low-dose dexamethasone to decrease mortality, more effective therapies are needed.

ASCOT intends to randomise patients to different therapies to understand their impact on clinical outcomes. We will do this for existing therapies, but also be set-up to test new and emerging therapies as they become available.

ASCOT Trial Intervention

ASCOT ADAPT includes 3 treatment domains:

Domain A (Antiviral)

  1. Standard of care
  2. Standard of care + nafamostat

Domain B (Antibody)

  1. Standard of care
  2. Standard of care + convalescent plasma

Domain C (Anticoagulation)

  1. Standard dose thromboprophylaxis
  2. Intermediate dose thromboprophylaxis
  3. Standard dose thromboprophylaxis plus aspirin

Eligible patients can be randomised to one or more domains concurrently.

Protocol documents and further details are available at www.ascot-trial.edu.au

 Australasian Society for Medical Research message

The Thoracic Society is an affiliate member of the ASMR. Please see below for their latest communications.

Dear ASMR member

The Australian National Audit Office has informed us that an audit of ‘Health’s Management of the Medical Research Future Fund’ is currently open for contribution. The period for submissions is expected to close on 30 May 2021 and the audit report will be tabled in September 2021.

“The objective of this audit is to assess whether the Department of Health is effectively managing the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)” with respect to the following criteria:

  • “Are the MRFF governance arrangements effective?”
  • “Has MRFF legislation, governance, strategies and priorities guided selection of medical research initiatives?”
  • “Does Health effectively monitor, measure and evaluate MRFF’s performance?”

Submissions are confidential and can be anonymous (name, address and contact number fields provided are not required for a submission) so I encourage you and your extended networks to contribute instances or evidence around issues relating to the audit criteria for an ASMR submission (please send to president@asmr.org.au), or if you prefer, make a submission directly to the audit webpage.

While the addition of the MRFF to the health and medical research funding landscape is greatly welcomed, since its inception in 2014, Australian clinicians and researchers have expressed concerns about the MRFF processes and governance. I therefore cannot stress the importance of providing accurate, appropriate and verifiable submissions to the auditors with regard to the audit objective and criteria.

 

Yours sincerely,
Dr Ryan Davis
ASMR President 2021

Surveys and Research

SURVEY OF LUNG CANCER CARE IN AUSTRALIA

We would be grateful please for less than 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey which is designed to provide a snapshot of the current status of lung cancer care and MDTs around Australia.

  • These data will help inform vital services planning for lung cancer care and will directly inform ongoing discussions with Government about lung cancer care across Australia.
  • We are only asking for one response from each institution, we suggest it is the lead clinician for the lung cancer MDT.
  • Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0031).

Please follow the link to the Australian-wide Survey of Lung Cancer Care, or use the QR code below.

Thank you for your time.

Prof Fraser Brims
Curtin Medical School
fraser.brims@curtin.edu.au 

TOP 10 RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR PULMONARY FIBROSIS

A recent research study as part of the NHMRC’s Centre of Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis grant aimed to identify the top 10 research priorities for pulmonary fibrosis (PF) according to people living with pulmonary fibrosis, caregivers, health professionals and researchers.

This study has now been completed and below is a summary of the findings from this work.

The top 3 priorities rank by people with PF and caregivers were:

  1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
  2. What medications can improve lung function in people with PF?
  3. What are the causes of PF?

The top 3 priorities rank by people with healthcare professionals/researchers were:

  1. What medications can reverse scarring in the lungs of people with PF?
  2. How can we prevent PF?
  3. What are the causes of PF?

The findings from this study have been published in a peer-reviewed journal and will help guide future research directions.

(click on the link to view the paper– https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215731)

The Study team extends their thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in the study for their time and valuable contribution to this work.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Holland
Professor of Physiotherapy (Research), Monash University (anne.holland@monash.edu)

TBPod

The TBPod are podcasts designed for clinicians and policymakers with an interest tuberculosis. These podcasts consist of conversations with expert clinicians, researchers, policy makers and advocates about their work in the field of tuberculosis. The TBPod is prepared by ACTnet and the TB Forum and can be found on ITunes, Spotify, and the ACTnet Website.

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt.
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ.

 

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 5.01 – FEBRUARY 2020

Research Roundup:

February 2020

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the first Research Roundup of 2020. The Research Sub-Committee are currently working their way through reviewing the many award applications received in the last few months. 

The TSANZSRS20 is less than 2 months away. This year’s theme is “Transformative Strategies for Improving Global Lung Health”. Visit the conference website for the full program or to register now

For the first time, the TSANZ will be offering a Carer’s Grant as part of the TSANZ travel award program to assist members who have the primary care giver responsibility of a child to attend and participate in the TSANZ ASM.

We wish you all the best in your work and in preparation of your grant applications.

Enjoy the February edition of your research roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

TSANZ ASM Carer’s Grant

 

TSANZ is committed to inclusion and diversity in all that we do. The TSANZ ASM Carer’s Grant is provided, as part of the TSANZ travel award program, to support TSANZ members who have primary care giver responsibility of a child financial assistance to attend and participate in the TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. The grant must be utilised to fund additional care giving costs incurred directly as a result of the caregiver’s participation in the ASM. The grant must not be used for existing care costs or to cover the usual costs of attendance such as travel expenses and conference registration.

Selection process: If more applicants are received than funds available, the TSANZ will, in their absolute discretion, determine how the funds will be allocated. Priority will be given to applicants with children up to primary school age or children of any age with special needs.

Closing date: Friday 28 February 2020

Note: Receipts will not be required until money is claimed after the event.

For more information click here.

Respirology – Editor’s Choice 

Respirology Issue 25.2 February 2019

 

Underuse of beta-blockers by patients with COPD and co-morbid acute coronary syndrome: A nationwide follow-up study in New Zealand

Lianne Parkin, Joshua Quon, Katrina Sharples, David Barson AND Jack Dummer

 

 

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13662

 

Improved diagnostic yield for lung nodules with digital tomosynthesis-corrected navigational bronchoscopy: Initial experience with a novel adjunct

Matt Aboudara, Lance Roller, Otis Rickman, Robert J. Lentz, Jasleen Pannu, Heidi Chen, ​​​​​​​Fabien Maldonado

 

Researchers from The Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA. Left to Right:  Robert Lentz, M.D., Fabien Maldonado, M.D., Charla Walston, NP, Jasleen Pannu, M.D., Matt Aboudara, M.D., and Otis Rickman, D.O.  (Missing:  Lance Roller and Heidi Chen)

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13609

Workshops and Conferences

 

 

Can you help TSANZ make a difference?
 

Your support makes a difference, and helps us continue to provide funding for research and our TSANZ awards. If you would like to support our work, you can leave a tax deductible donation of your choice in our areas of need.

1. Making a donation to our Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund supports projects aimed at improving the respiratory health care of individuals who are in a setting where health care resources and delivery are poor.
CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

2. Making a donation to support research

With your support, we can continue to support Australia and New Zealand’s most significant and cutting edge respiratory health research, and benefit Australians and New Zealanders suffering from lung disease.
Please CLICK HERE to make a donation or by filling out the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au.

3. Establishing a named award

For significant donations of above $10,000 AUD, a TSANZ award can be established in your name. Please call the TSANZ office on +61 2 9222 6200.

4. Leave TSANZ a gift in your will

If you are interested in supporting TSANZ in the future, one way to do so is to leave TSANZ a gift in your will. Any support is greatly appreciated and will leave a lasting legacy.
If interested, please notify us by ticking the box on the Support TSANZ form. Once you have completed the form, please email TSANZOffice@thoracic.org.au. Alternatively, please call the TSANZ Office on +61 2 9222 6200.

5. TSANZ New Zealand Branch Incorporated 

New Zealand members are reminded that you are also able to make a tax deductible donation directly to the NZ branch. You can assist the NZ branch to provide services to members across NZ. If you make a payment via electronic funds transfer (EFT), please notify the TSANZ office so that we can arrange a receipt. 
CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for your continued support of TSANZ

VOLUME 7.06 – JULY 2022

VOLUME 4.02 APRIL 2019

Research Roundup:

April 2019

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Welcome Message

The TSANZSRS19 was a great success and we thank all delegates and exhibitors for supporting respiratory research and professional development once again.

At TSANZSRS19 respiratory research received a much needed boost of funding from TSANZ, LFA, CFA, NAC, and our partners. These awards were announced at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards session and the Gala Dinner. Please find a re-cap of all the Thoracic Society Board Awards and Research Awards below, including the winners of the Special Interest Group Awards.

During the conference we opened a number of larger TSANZ awards, namely the AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowships, which will support one early-career researcher and one mid-career researcher and the Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards, which will support one adult CF research project and one paediatric CF research project. There are also opportunities for IPF PhD scholarships and Menarini travel awards from the Lung Foundation. Links to these awards can be found in the Open Awards section below.

Enjoy the April edition of your research roundup.

Prof Sandra Hodge

Chair, Research Sub-Committee

$1 MILLION FOR LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH ANNOUNCED

Top lung health bodies raise much needed funds but more investment needed

(Thursday, 8th April 2019): Over a million dollars in lung research investment was announced over the weekend at the Respiratory Research Excellence Awards at the Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science(TSANZSRS19) on the Gold Coast. The conference brings together Australia and New Zealand’s leading lung health experts to present latest research and improve knowledge and understanding of lung disease.

The Research Excellence Awards, run for the second year by Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) – the hosts of the conference – alongside the Lung Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Australia and the National Asthma Council of Australia, provides over 40 researchers with support in the form of project funding, fellowships and travel grants raised through private donations, sponsorship and leveraged financing from recipients’ institutions.

“We’re honoured to be able to support some of Australia’s greatest minds in lung disease research; research that’s making a difference to the lives of the 1 in 4 Australians with lung disease,” said TSANZ President Elect Professor Bruce Thompson.

“This funding enables our researchers to build respiratory knowledge and capacity in the respiratory workforce, with the overall goal of preventing, curing and alleviating disability from lung disease. Every dollar invested takes us one step closer to reaching that goal,” he said.

Despite the success of the Awards, the organisers warn that lung disease research is still grossly underfunded when compared to other diseases. Far more investment is required, they say.

“It’s important to recognise the exceedingly hard work that our organisations are putting in to raising the profile of respiratory research, and to express our thanks for the contribution of donors, sponsors and institutions This is only our second year and look at what we’ve achieved,” said TSANZ CEO Tanya Buchanan.

“However, fundraising alone is not the way to manage diseases affecting a quarter of Australians. Lung disease has to attract the same level of research funding enjoyed by other disease areas such as breast, prostate, and heart disease. We look forward to seeing if the implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan for Lung Conditions delivers this,” she said.

2019 RESPIRATORY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

TSANZ would like to congratulate the following Award winners. For information on how to apply for next year’s Awards visit the TSANZ website Research and Awards page.

Society Medal

Professor Helen Reddel

Research Medal

Professor Philip Hansbro

Laennec Medal

Professor Allan R Glanville

Ann Woolcock New Investigator Award

Jesse Armitage

Best training Video

Elizabeth Salamon, Selena West, Ursula Swan, Sandra Daly

CSL Behring TSANZ / LFA Alpha-1 Anti-trypsin Deficiency Research Award

Gang Liu

Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust Innovation Grant

Gerard Kaiko, Peter Wark, Shafagh Water, and Adam Jaffe

TSANZ and National Asthma Council Australia Asthma and Airways Career Development Fellowship

Kimberly Wang

Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Award 2019

Tatt Jhong Haw

Maurice Blackburn Grant-in-Aid for Occupational Lung Disease

Jane Bourke and Ryan Hoy

Boston Scientific Research Award for Interventional Pulmonology

Sanjeevan Muruganandan

Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Research Awards

ECFS: Elena Schneider-Futschik

NACFC: Rebecca Stockwell

TSANZ Peter Phelan Research Award

Elena Schneider-Futschik

TSANZ Rob Pierce Grant-In-Aid for Indigenous Lung Health

Gabrielle McCallum

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim Australia COPD Travel Award

Alen Faiz

TSANZ / Boehringer Ingelheim New Zealand COPD Travel Award

Eskandarain Shafuddin

TSANZ/JRS Early Career Development Award

Jemma Seyfang

Janet Elder International Travel Awards

Mid-Career Award Recipient: Kimberley Wang

Early Career Award Recipient 1: Vikas Goyal

Early Career Award Recipient 2: Yet H Khor

TSANZ Respiratory Nurse Career Development Award for Indigenous Research

Betty Poot

Christine Sullivan

Maurice Blackburn ASM Travel Award

Leona Dowman

Shine a light a lung cancer PhD 2019

Kanishka Rangamuwa

David Wilson PhD Scholarship in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research 2019

Archana Gaikwad

Shine a light on lung cancer grant-in-aid

Surein Arulananda

Lung Foundation Australia/ Eleanor Greenwood Memorial Grant in Aid for Interstitial Lung Disease Research

Yet Hong Khor

Lung Foundation Australia /Lizotte Family Research Award for Interstitial PF Research

Leona Dowman

Lung Foundation Australia /Ludwig Engel GIA for Physiological research

Katrina Tonga

Lung Foundation Australia /Ivan Cash Research GIA – IPF

Adelle Jee

Lung Foundation Australia /Cochrane

Jenifer Liang

Shine a light on lung cancer nursing/allied health fellowship in lung cancer research

Vanessa Brunelli

Lung Foundation Australia Travel Awards: Menarini Travel Grants

ERS – Hannah O’Farrell and Jack Bozier

ATS – Thomas Altree and Razia Zakarya

APSR – Leanne Ross and Hai Bac Tran

Lung Foundation Australia/Eleanor Greenwood Memorial ILD Travel Grant

Cecilia Prele

Michael Schuliga

Jade Jaffar

 

SIG AWARDS

Supported by TSANZ

Cell, Immunology and Molecular Biology: Dhammika Leshan

Evidence-based Medicine and Practice: Yet Hong Khor

Peter van Asperen Paediatric: Kiara Sclip

Physiotherapy: Jamie Wood

Respiratory Infectious Disease: Benjamin Diggins

Tobacco: Henry Gomez

Supported by Asthma Australia

Asthma & Allergy: Teresa Williams

Supported by National Asthma Council

Asthma & Allergy : Cherry Thompson

Supported by Lung Foundation Australia

Pulmonary Physiology and Sleep, John Reid Prize: Graeme Zosky

David Serisier Memorial Award for Translational Research in Bronchiectasis: Su Wei Khung

Supported by Cystic Fibrosis Australia

Cystic Fibrosis: Elena Schneider-Futschik

Supported by Maurice Blackburn

Lung Cancer: Lara Edbrooke

Occ Env Lung Disease / Population Health: Edward Harris

Palliative Care and Symptom Support: Thomas Moran

Supported by Carroll & O’Dea

Interventional Pulmonology and Bronchoscopy: Deirdre Fitzgerald

Supported by Boehringer Ingelheim

Orphan Lung Diseases, Lung Transplant, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Jemma Seyfang

Primary Care: Mary Roberts

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Sonia Cheng

Respiratory Nurses: Jane Neil

TSANZ Best Poster: Kris Nilsen: A new tool to monitor disease in IPF

CONGRATULATIONS TO…

TSANZ would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following New Fellows for 2019:

  • Prof Anne Holland
  • Dr Denise O’Driscoll
  • Dr Jane Bourke
  • A/Prof Jeff Garrett
  • Prof Paul Foster
  • Prof Peter Eastwood
  • Prof Sandra Hodge

 

Open Awards

Thoracic Society Awards

AstraZeneca Respiratory Research Fellowships – closes 2nd June 2019

Vertex Adult Cystic Fibrosis Research Award – closes 2nd June 2019

Vertex Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Research Award – closes 2nd June 2019

Lung Foundation Awards

Lung Foundation Australia Brian Eaton Memorial PhD Scholarship in IPF – closes 10th June 2019

Lung Foundation Australia Diana Cox PhD Scholarship in IPF – closes 10th June 2019

Lung Foundation Australia / A Menarini Pty Ltd 2019 Travel Awards 

Travel application deadlines

ATS: 22nd March 2019 (5pm AEST)

ERS: 31st July 2019 (5pm AEST)

APSR: 13th September 2019 (5pm AEST)

 

How to participate

Follow the links above to access each award application form and download the information sheet.

Please email the TSANZ Awards Coordinator with any questions, comments or enquires.

Watch this space for more award announcements…

Respirology – Editor’s Choice

Respirology Issue 24.4 2019

Implications of the diagnostic criteria of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in clinical practice: Analysis from the Australian Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Registry

Helen E. Jo, Ian Glaspole, Nicole Goh, Peter M.A. Hopkins, Yuben Moodley, Paul N. Reynolds, Sally Chapman, Eugene Haydn Walters, Christopher Zappala, Heather Allan, Sacha Macansh, Christopher Grainge, Gregory J. Keir, Andrew Hayen, Douglas Henderson, Sonja Klebe, Stefan B. Heinze, Anne Miller, Hannah C. Rouse, Edwina Duhig, Wendy A. Cooper, Annabelle M. Mahar, Samantha Ellis, Samuel R. McCormack, Bernard Ng, David B. Godbolt, Tamera J. Corte

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13427 

Distribution of participants in the Australian IPF Registry

 

A consensus opinion amongst stakeholders as to benefits of obstructive sleep apnoea treatment for cardiovascular health

Shane A. Landry, Siobhan Banks, Peter A. Cistulli, Garun S. Hamilton, Laure Héraud, Kristina Kairaitis, Steven Lubke, Sutapa Mukherjee, Teanau Roebuck, Joesph Soda, Darren Umbers, Shantha M. W. Rajaratnam, Darren Mansfield.

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13413

 

From left to right: Prof Shantha Rajaratnam, Dr Shane Landry, A/Prof Darren Mansfield from Monash University and the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia

Research Project and Survey Requests

Current Opinions of Severe Asthma Specialists on the Utility of Biomarkers for the Management of Corticosteroid Treatment: A Survey

If you are an Australian clinician involved in the care of patients with severe asthma, we would be very grateful if you could complete a brief questionnaire.

We would ideally like to sample opinions from specialists involved in the care and management of patients with severe asthma to reach consensus. This is the second round of a multi-national Delphi process to reach a consensus and there may be follow-up questions based on the answers we receive from this round (with likely 2-3 rounds in total).

A strategy to optimize corticosteroid use in the severe asthma population using biomarkers is currently being investigated. Professors Peter Wark and Jodie Simpson at the University of Newcastle, Australia are looking at an algorithm to adjust corticosteroid dose using exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), and peripheral blood eosinophils. This survey is being conducted by them, and will also be part of a Masters by Research by Dr. James Michael Ramsahai. As part of this project, we would like to seek your views on some aspects of biomarker based corticosteroid adjustment in severe asthma.

For more details, please see the attached information statement. Please note that completion of the survey will imply consent to participate, and for the data collected to be used for analysis. You may withdraw at any time.

If you agree to participate, please follow the link to complete the survey

http://selectsurvey.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=78M2nn61

*for issues with the survey link, please try copying and pasting into your browser and/or using Firefox browser. Feel free to contact the investigators with any questions*

Thank you,

Peter Wark
Jodie Simpson
J. Michael Ramsahai
 JamesMichael.Ramsahai@uon.edu.au

 

Survey of Attitudes of Australian Specialists to Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography

To Members of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand,

Lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography has been implemented overseas however is still a debated topic within Australia. We are conducting a survey of Australian specialists and their knowledge and attitudes towards lung cancer screening and perceived barriers to the implementation of lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography within Australia.

The anonymous survey is available online using the SurveyMonkey survey tool and takes approximately 7 minutes to complete.  It can be accessed via the following link.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AttitudesToLDCT

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.  We attach our study protocol and copy of HREC approval (The Prince Charles Hospital Human Research and Ethics Committee LNR/2018/QPCH/44970).

Thank you for your kind support.

Yours truly

Rachel McLellan, Advanced RACP Trainee
Kwun Fong
Henry Marshall
Rayleen Bowman
Ian Yang

University of Queensland Thoracic Research Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital
Metro North Hospital and Health Service | Queensland Government
Rode Road, Chermside, Brisbane QLD 4032, AUSTRALIA
t. 61 7 [31394000] e. ILST@health.qld.gov.au | www.health.qld.gov.au

 

 

New survey about Victorian doctors’ end-of-life decision-making

Victorian doctors in specialties likely to be involved in end-of-life decisions are being surveyed about their decision-making practices involving adult patients. Researchers from the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care are conducting a study to determine what sort of end-of-life decisions are being made by doctors, how often these decisions occur and for what sort of patients.

At present, there are no up-to-date, representative Australian data describing the frequency and nature of medical end-of-life decisions involving adults, and the characteristics of patients about whom such decisions are made. The research aims to provide an evidence base to understand current medical practice in Victoria including the extent to which palliative care is provided to patients at the end of life. Findings from this research will also inform improvements in the quality of end-of-life care.

A sample of Victorian doctors will be contacted in April and May by the AMA’s Australia Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) to invite them to complete a survey.  The survey can be completed in hard copy or online.  Participating doctors who complete their survey before 16 May will go into the draw for one of three prizes to the value $100, in fine wine, or a donation to a registered charity of your choice.

If you have any queries about this research, please feel free to contact Dr Rachel Feeney[rachel.feeney@qut.edu.au]. The research team is grateful for the time and insight of the doctors who support this research by completing this survey.

 

Management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics

Dear TSANZ Member,

You are invited to participate in a survey that is being conducted as part of a research study. The following survey asks a series of questions about your current practice, specifically with regards to the management of complicated parapneumonic effusions and empyemas with the use of intrapleural fibrinolytics. Insights gained will be considered for future presentation and publication. The estimated time to complete the survey is 10 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved if you exit out the survey early. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. Responses will be kept confidential. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

The survey can be completed here: https://hms.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ddQsXRFwaqAtPD

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the study team at: vholden@som.umaryland.edu

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Van Holden, MD
Mihir Parikh, MD
Alex Chee, MD
Adnan Majid, MD

Division of Thoracic Surgery & Interventional Pulmonology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

The attached survey has been approved by the Beth Israel Deaconess Institutional Review Board – The IRB Protocol # is 2018P000052.

 
 

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Training Guidelines for Advanced Bronchoscopic Procedures

Training Guidelines for Advanced Bronchoscopic Procedures

Fielding D, Phillips M, Robinson P, Irving L, Garske L, Hopskin P.

These guidelines for Thoracic Medicine advanced procedural training encourage fulfilment of a range of parameters, not just accumulating an empiric number of cases.

These include:

Empiric numbers as a starting point

The importance of a teacher-student relationship. The trainee has to achieve competence in the procedure as certified by an accredited trainer. As a guide it usually takes about 20 cases to have achieved the appropriate skill level, however that can vary as judged by the expert trainer

Attainment of modest procedural outcome measures during training and in ongoing clinical practice

Attendance at dedicated procedural conferences and fulfilment of modest presentation and/or publication goals

Completion of simulated training, preferably before commencing procedures in patients

Ultimately, when it becomes available, a “pass” on a universally accepted objective assessment tool. In the absence of this last parameter, we can at least insist that trainees undertake simulated training, and that such training itself has an objective assessment. In time such an assessment could become either a goal prior to commencing patient practice OR, when such tools are more fully developed, a means of evaluating the individual’s overall technical skill in the procedure

Record keeping on procedural outcomes.

The procedures covered in these guidelines are:

EBUS TBNA​

EBUS Guide sheath

Medical Thoracoscopy

Rigid bronchoscopy

Laser bronchoscopy​

Endobronchial stents​

Endobronchial electrosurgery​

Autofluorescence bronchoscopy

Ultimately a demonstration of adherence to these points should allow a trainee to present their training experience for a particular procedure to a hospital credentialing committee to allow commencement of practice.

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