GPCE Perth MEDTalks

Topical, challenging, inspiring… join us at the ‘Pumped Up’ MEDTalks on Saturday 28 July at GPCE Perth where three expert speakers will take the stage to deliver short, high impact and case study based talks giving attendees key takeaways on the importance of early intervention in Chronic Heart Failure Management.

MEDTalks Program

Pumped Up – Early Intervention for Better Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure

Early diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure is key to better outcomes. This series of short, sharp and inspiring talks highlights the critical role of the GP in early recognition and management of heart failure in the community. Our panel will take questions from the floor as they touch on essential diagnostic principles, discuss best practice pharmacologic management, bring you up to speed with the newest medications, and broaden your thinking on the impact of the heart failure journey from a patient’s perspective.


Dr Joe Kosterich

MBBS (WA) / Adjunct Professor (teaching) - UWA

Doctor, speaker, author of three books, media presenter and health industry consultant, Dr Joe Kosterich has been a GP for 28 years. He is WA Medical Director of IPN and previously held senior positions in various GP bodies.

Prof Gerry O'Driscoll

MB BCh BAO PhD (Hons.) DMed FRACP FCSANZ FESC FACC GAICD / Cardiologist and Medical Director Perth Cardiovascular Institute

Prof O'Driscoll has 25 years' experience in heart failure and cardiac transplantation. He headed the Medical Head Advanced Heart Failure, Ventricular Assist Device and Cardiac Transplant services in WA from 1994-2010. He is a national and international cardiology speaker, presenter and chairman; his research resulting in 300+ publications and presentations.

Dr Adele Thomas


Adele graduated in 1970. She spent her first year practicing in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
She has been a GP for 43 years. In 1987 she was awarded the Western Australian Women's Fellowship. She is experienced in the long term care of people, some for 42 years now.

Ms Niki Parle

RN BN Pgrad Dip MN / Nurse Practitioner in Heart failure

Niki trained in Wales and has worked in the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Service at Fiona Stanley Hospital, establishing the Nurse Practitioner role since 2008. Her role consists of care of patients with advanced heart failure in the outpatient setting, and has presented papers outlining the outcomes of the WA Advanced Heart Failure Service.


Saturday 28 July 2018, Crown, Perth

4.45pm - 5.15pm Drinks, canapes & networking

5.15pm MEDTalks commence

  • Pharmacological Management of heart failure – best practice and latest advances – Prof. Gerry O’Driscoll, Cardiologist
  • The team approach to heart failure management - Niki Parle, Nurse Practitioner in Heart Failure
  • Primary care at the frontline – early risk recognition, diagnosis and intervention for better outcomes - Dr Adele Thomas, GP
  • MEDTalks Q&A

6.30pm  Close

How to Register

Registration for the MEDTalks is now closed. The live recording will be online from 6 August 2018. If you are wanting to claim CPD points for your attendance online or at GPCE Perth, please contact us.


This MEDTalk is supported by Novartis.


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