Macarthur Health and Medical Research Symposium

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Meet the Speakers

Professor Valsamma Eapen

Professor Valsamma Eapen is the Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales as well as being the Lead of the BestSTART-SW Academic Unit. She has a particular interest in early identification and intervention of developmental and child psychiatric disorders and health equity.

Distinguished Professor David Simmons

Distinguished Professor Simmons, MA, MBBS, FRACP, FRCP, MD (Cantab), is the Professor of Medicine at the Western Sydney University Macarthur Clinical School, Head of the Macarthur Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolic Service at Campbelltown/Camden Hospitals, SWSLHD Diabetes Advisor and Director of the Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Translation Unit (DOMTRU).  With over 370 refereed publications, he has won several national and international awards including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2011 Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Award and American Diabetes Association 2020 Norbert Freinkel Award.  He is a past president of the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society and was previously the chair of the Diabetes UK Health Professional Education Steering Group.

Also featuring presentations by:

  • Ms Loretta Anderson
  • A/Prof Elise Baker
  • Prof Aunty Kerrie Doyle
  • Ms Annamarie D’Souza
  • Ms Meg Ford
  • Prof Annemarie Hennessy
  • Mr Grant Isedale
  • Mr Nathan Jones
  • Ms Leila Mohammadi
  • Ms Judy Reading
  • Dr Clarice Tang
  • Dr Annette Tognela
  • Dr Gilbert Whitton

Macarthur Health and Medical Research Symposium 28th April 2022

Oral papers

Prevalence of anxiety, depression and chronic stress in adults with Class 3 Obesity, and impact on weight loss over 12 months in a multidisciplinary weight management program.

Elise Hickey1, Ritesh Chimoriya2, Kathy Grudzinskas1, Catherine Tesoriero1, Phillipa Hay1,2, Nic Kormas1 and Milan K Piya1,2

1South Western Sydney Metabolic Rehabilitation and Bariatric Program, Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals; 2School of Medicine, Western Sydney University


The impact of COVID-19 on a multidisciplinary outpatient weight management program for severe obesity

*Kathy Grudzinskas1, Ritesh Chimoriya2, Ruby Chang1,  Nic Kormas1, Milan Piya1,2
1South Western Sydney Metabolic Rehabilitation and Bariatric Program, Camden; 2 School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

Post COVID-19 Follow up at Campbelltown Hospital

Archit Chawla1, Graeme Thompson1, Soo Wei Foo1, 1Campbelltown Hospital

A retrospective analysis of trends in hospital admissions in patients with cirrhosis in the Macarthur region between 2015 and 2020: an interim analysis

*Priya Acharya1, Megha Bhadbhade2 William Coleman3 Wun-Chung Teoh1 Christine Verdon1 Sam Al-Sohaily1 Vincent Ho1 Ian Turner1 1Department of Gastroenterology, Campbelltown Hospital, 2Senior Medical Officer SWSLHD
3Psychiatry, SWSLHD


Real-World Survival Outcomes of Patients with High PD-L1 Advanced NSCLC Who Received Chemo-Immunotherapy vs Immunotherapy

Junipearl Cheng1, Charlotte McKay1, Victoria Bray2,3 Po Yee Yip1,3 Annette Tognela1,3 Peey Sei Kok3,4 

1School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown NSW; 2Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre, Liverpool Hospital, 3School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown NSW;  4NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney


Effectiveness of a 12-week total diet replacement intervention: findings from the DiRECT-Australia Type 2 Diabetes Remission Service

Ritesh Chimoriya1, Kimberly Mitlehner1 Uchechukwu L. Osuagwu1 Mike Lean2 David Simmons1,3 Milan K Piya1,3

2School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK; Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia.


Real-world characteristics and outcomes of potentially resectable oligometastatic colorectal cancer

Andrew Parsonson1 Annette Tognela1 Aflah Roohullah1 Vanessa Wong2 Sumitra Ananda3 Rachel Wong4 Jeremy Shapiro5 Shehara Mendis2.6 Grace Gard2 Jeanne Tie3 Matthew Burge7 Allan Zimet4 Adnan Khattak8 Peter Gibbs2 Stephanie H. Lim1

 1Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, Campbelltown Hospital; 2Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, 3Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne; 4Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, 5Cabrini Health, Melbourne; 6Western Health, Melbourne; 7Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, 8Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth.


Implementing routine paediatric height/length and weight screening and weight management advice by clinicians: an evaluation

Slavica Krstic1, Faye Southcombe1, Elizabeth Denney-Wilson2, Sarah Dennis2,3,

1Growing Healthy  Kids Service, SWSLHD; 2The University of Sydney; 3Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research


Changes in activity levels in adults with class 3 obesity enrolled in a weight management program

Kun Jiang1 Ritesh Chimoriya2 Kathy Grudzinskas1 Nic Kormas1 Milan Piya1,2

1South Western Sydney Metabolic Rehabilitation and Bariatric Program, Camden Hospital; 2School of Medicine, Western Sydney University


The Oxygen Project: A Prospective Study to Assess the Effectiveness of a Targeted Intervention to Improve Oxygen Management In Hospitalised Patients

Ben Nguyen1 Yodithya Gunaratne2, Teresa Kemp3 Wei Chan4 Belinda Cochrane3

1Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; 2Schwartz Family Practice Elderslie; 3Campbelltown Hospital, 4St Vincent’s Hospital;, Campbelltown Hospital


A retrospective study of a 10-item geriatric assessment tool for predicting risk of long length of stay in hospital for geriatric patients

Gim Teoh

Department of Geriatric Medicine, Campbelltown Hospital


Late clinical outcomes of patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated by either timely primary PCI, late primary PCI or a pharmaco-invasive strategy

Javeria Jamal1,2, H. Idris, A. Faour, W. Yang, A. McLean, S. Burgess, I. Shugman, A. O’Loughlin, D. Leung, CJ. Mussap, CP. Juergens, S. Lo, JK. French

1Liverpool Hospital, SWSLHD; 2School of Medicine, Western Sydney University





The role of once weekly glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists in weight loss and glycaemic control in patients with class 3 obesity

Ruby Chang1, Kathy Grudzinskas1, Ritesh Chimoriya2, Nic Kormas1, Milan Piya 1,2
1South Western Sydney Metabolic Rehabilitation and Bariatric Program, Camden Hospital 2School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

Embedding collection of therapy outcome measures into speech pathology practice

Sandra Norris, Joanna Kidd

Paediatric Allied Health Unit, Campbelltown Hospital, Campbelltown


Beyond the Median: Estimating survival times for patients with estrogen receptor positive, metastatic breast cancer for patients starting endocrine therapies

Andrew Parsonson1,2,3, S Sarkar2, L J Brown2, B E Kiely1,3, A Vasista2,3

1Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, Campbelltown Hospital, Sydney Australia 2 Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Nepean Hospital, Sydney, Australia 3. University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, Australia


Relationship Between Obesity & Food Consumption:  Comparative analysis of the Crossroads I & Crossroads II studies in Victoria

Stephanie Hannah1, Uchechukwu Levi Osuagwu2, Milan K. Piya3,4, David Simmons, 2,3,4.

1School of Science, Western Sydney University; 2,Translational Health Research Institute (THRI); 3School of Medicine, Western Sydney University;

4Endocrinology, Campbelltown Hospital, Campbelltown.


Effects of lifestyle interventions on weight amongst Pasifika communities: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Elizabeth Palu1 Kate A. McBride2 Freya MacMillan3 Russell Thomson4 Reetu Zarora5 David Simmons1,5

1School of Medicine, Western Sydney University 2,Translational Health Research Institute (THRI); 3School of Health Sciences, Western Sydney University 4Centre for Research in Mathematics & Data Science, Western Sydney University 5Campbelltown Hospital, Campbelltown.


Economic Burden of diabetes-related foot disease among older adults in New South Wales

Moin Uddin Ahmed1, Waddad Kathy Tannous1, Kinglsey Enwinyore Agho1,4, Frances Henshaw1,2, Deborah Turner1,6, David Simmons1,7

1Western Sydney University, 2ConvaTec, 3Queensland University of Technology, 4African Vision Research Institute, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban; 6School of Clinical Sciences, Podiatric Medicine, Queensland University of Technology, 7Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals.


A systematic literature review on how consumers have shaped and influenced pre-pregnancy care (PPC) interventions for women with Pregestational Diabetes

Rachel Hicks1, Freya MacMillan2, Tinashe Dune2, David Simmons1,3,

1 School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown; 2School of Health Sciences, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown; 3Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals, NSW, Australia


The relationship between body mass index and sleep in women with risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus

Pamela Acosta Reyes1, Jincy Immanuel1, William M Hague2, Helena Teede3, Emily Hibbert4,5, Christopher J Nolan6, Michael J Peek7, Vincent Wong8, Jeff Flack9, Mark McLean10, Raiyomand Dalal11, Jargen Harreiter12, Alexandra Kautzky–Willer 12, Rohit Rajagopal11, Arianne Sweeting13, Glynis P Ross13, Ngai Wah Cheung14, David Simmons1

1Macarthur Clinical School, Western Sydney University, NSW, Australia; 2 Robinson Research Institute, Adelaide, SA, Australia; 3 Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; 4 Nepean Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; 5 Department of Endocrinology, Nepean Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia; 6 The Canberra Hospital and Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; 7 ANU Medical School, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; 8 Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia; 9 Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney, Australia.; 10 Blacktown Hospital, Sydney, Australia; 11 Campbelltown Hospital, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia; 12 Department of Medicine III, Division of Endocrinology, Gender Medicine Unit Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; 13 Department of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia; 14 Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Application of 2D Shear Wave Elastography (SWE) for screening of NAFLD in people with class 3 obesity

Ritesh Chimoriya1, Vincent Ho1,2, David Simmons1,2, Nic Kormas2 and Milan K Piya1,2

1 School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia;  2 Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia


A retrospective review of de novo check point inhibitor-induced symmetrical polyarthritis

Jang Yoon, Frances Zhao, Matt Terrill

Princess Alexandra Hospital Rheumatology QLD


A novel nanoendoscopy system for identification of abnormalities in the distal oesophagus of chronic reflux patients

Nafiseh Mirabdolhosseini 1, Vincent Ho1,2, Dr Jerry Zhou1

1Department of Translational Gastroenterology, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University; 2Gastroenterology Department, Campbelltown Hospital, NSW