GPCE Melbourne MedTalks

Join us for our latest MEDTalks – a series of short, sharp, topical and inspiring ‘TED style’ talks where a handful of passionate and vibrant expert speakers will challenge your thinking and delve into COPD.

Clearing the air: Personalised ICS management in COPD

Making a differential diagnosis of COPD, compared to asthma, is a key first step in the management of COPD patients, particularly with the emergence of new single-inhaler triple therapy medications. This session will discuss the role of spirometry to make a correct diagnosis of COPD, and appropriate stepwise non-pharmacological and pharmacological management to escalate or de-escalate therapy where needed. Is it possible to personalise the management of COPD?

The MEDTalks will commence at 5.00pm followed by an interactive Q&A session. Admission to the MEDTalks is free to all health professionals.

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Expert Speakers:

Dr Joe Kosterich


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

Practicing GP, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant, Dr Kosterich is involved in numerous publications, radio and television, and is an adjunct professor at UWA. He is supporting clinical editor of Medical Forum Magazine, advisor to Reed Medical Education, Medical Advisor to Little Green Pharma and is on the board of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association.

A/Prof Gary Kilov


A/Prof Kilov is a GP working in a multidisciplinary, chronic disease focused practice in Launceston, Tasmania. He shares his time between Launceston treating patients and providing peer-to-peer and medical undergraduate education on chronic disease. His interests incorporate the spectrum of obesity related conditions, diabetes, and respiratory medicine.

Dr Ralph Audehm

MBBS, Dip.RACOG / Honorary Clinical Associate

Dr Ralph Audehm is a General practitioner with 30 years experience. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Melbourne and in 2015 an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor. The emergence of the Divisions of General Practice fostered his interest in population health, especially in management of chronic conditions in general practice.

Dr Michelle Caldecott

Michelle has over 20 years’ clinical experience in treating respiratory and sleep disorders in both public and private sectors. She currently holds senior staff specialist positions at Austin Health, with the Victorian Respiratory Support Service (VRSS) and is joint director of Melbourne Lung and Sleep Specialists.
Whilst her clinical interests include treatment of complex neuromuscular respiratory failure and non-smoking related obstructive airways disease, she enjoys the broad diagnostic process of clinical medicine and is a strong advocate for holistic patient care and clinical focus.

Ms Mary Roberts

Mary is the CNC for Respiratory Ambulatory Care at Westmead Hospital, Vice President of the Respiratory Nurses Interest Group of NSW Inc and is an active member of the TSANZ. She has a research interest in COPD and has published over 50 abstracts, presenting nationally and internationally. She also has a keen interest in Breathlessness and is co-developing Australia’s first Breathlessness Clinic at Westmead Hospital.

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The MEDTalks are supported by Novartis.

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