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Category: MWIA Proffered Papers

Hypertension in Women

Dr Luisa Mazzotta1, Dr Antonio Carlini2, Dr Alberto Rosati3
1 Department Of Nephrology Lucca Hospital, 2 Department Of Nephrology Lucca Hospital,
3 Department Of Nephrology Lucca Hospital

Women have lower blood pressure values than men before 44 years of age, but after 60 years of age blood pressure rises more in females than males with an increased incidence of cardiovasculars events especially stroke and ischemic heart disease in the old age.
Meta-analysis have shown similar beneficial effect of antiihypertensive treatment in the two genders,but no gender meta-analysis are compared females to males except the ANBP2 and the VALUE trial that demonstrated a different protective effect of antiihypertensive drugs between women and men.

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In-Practice Advocacy for Sexual Minority Women: A good idea in theory

Dr Ruth McNair1, Assoc Prof Kelsey Hegarty1, Dr Angela Taft2
1 The Department Of General Practice, University Of Melbourne, 2 Mother and Child Health, La Trobe University

Advocacy is a role that many doctors find daunting however there are increasing calls for doctors to take on ‘public roles that redress social inequalities’. This role can start within the consultation, including the recognition of social causes of patient’s suffering. Lucy Candib has suggested a three stage approach to empowerment through advocacy: first, recognising oppression of patients; second, empathically acknowledging inequalities; and third, working with patients towards emancipation. People of minority sexual orientation are subject to health inequalities due to negative social attitudes and some desperately need our advocacy.

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General Practice as a new partner in improving Health and Well being in Children and Young People entering Protective Care

Ms S Webster1, Dr M Temple-Smith2
1 General Practice Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 2 University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Email: [email protected]

Rates of child abuse and neglect are higher in Australia than those of juvenile diabetes or cystic fibrosis. The impact of abuse and neglect on child health and well-being, particularly mental health, can be chronic and complex. The incidence of abused children and young people being placed in protective care increases each year. The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) is developing new systems to ensure each child entering protective care receives a comprehensive health assessment. Little is known from published research about general practitioner (GP) involvement with such children in Australia.

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