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Reserve your seat for the April Webinar on Zoom

Topic "Upper GI Surgery"

Presenters: Dr Trafford Fehlberg, Dr Gratian Punch and Dr Kyle Bender.





Dr. Gratian Punch
Specialist General Surgeon
Dr. Gratian Punch subspecialty interests include Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB), Upper-Gastrointestinal (Upper GI), bariatric, skin cancer, hernia, thyroid and trauma surgery.  Dr Punch advanced his sub-specialty training with the Australia and New Zealand Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary Association (ANZHPBA). Commencing in 2016 the Fellowship in HPB Surgery involved two-years of clinical training and research in high volume, mixed HPB and Upper GI units dedicated to the full spectrum of benign to oncological management of complex HPB/Upper GI surgical care. In 2018 Gratian returned home to the Northern Rivers and works at the Lismore Base Hospital, Casino and District Memorial Hospital, Ballina District Hospital and St Vincent’s Private.

Dr. Trafford Fehlberg
Specialist General Surgeon
Trafford is a Staff Specialist General Surgeon working at Lismore Base Hospital, Ballina District Hospital and Casino & District Memorial Hospital. Trafford enjoys the variety general surgery has to offer and has started the general surgical public outpatient clinic at Lismore Base Hospital. Trafford is originally from Newcastle and graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2009. After obtaining his FRACS in General Surgery in 2017 he undertook further training in Upper GI surgery as a Fellow at Geelong Hospital. He has an interest in surgical education and surgery in the developing world and has been fortunate to spend a year working in Timor-Leste with the ATLASS-II program, working as a surgeon and training the surgical diploma doctors. Outside of surgery Trafford enjoys spending time on his farm in The Channon with his wife and son (who was born this year in January and is unfortunately too young to do much of the heavy lifting yet)!

Dr Kyle Bender
General Surgeon
Kyle is a General Surgeon employed full time in the Australian Army. His main subspecialty is Upper GIT surgery having completed one year fellowships at Nepean Hospital and Bankstown Hospital in Sydney, as well as a year of General, Upper GIT and Endocrine Surgery at the Northern Beaches Hospital. He has particular interests in the management of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux, shared upper-GIT cancer care and complex gallstone disease including ERCP. His interest in Military surgery has taken him to Papua New Guinea and to the Middle East where he was deployed to work in the US led coalition hospital in Baghdad. Kyle has interests in trauma and surgical education which he satisfies as an instructor on the Definitive Surgery Trauma Care and Early Management of Severe Trauma Courses. He is a new addition to the General Surgery Service at Lismore Base Hospital having completed 18 months of training at Lismore as a Registrar as part of the Royal North Shore Hospital training network.

Opioid Dependence webinar

The next webinar is on February 10th at 7.30pm - topic is Opioid Dependence.

Join the multidisciplinary team - Dr Bronwyn Hudson, Dr David Helliwell, Dr Anthony Solomon, Clinical Nurse Specialist Michael Burgess and Social Worker in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Petra Liedel - for a discussion on developments in treatment.

Reserve your seat on Zoom 

A GP guide to the 'what, where, when, how and with whom' of restrictive lung disease.

See the recording of the NorDocs webinar presenting three cases of restrictive lung disease (Link to slides).

From the Lismore Base Hospital respiratory team of Drs Joe Churton, Joe Duncan, Bliegh Mupunga, Nurse Lyn Menchin and Physio, Rocco Mico and with rheumatologist, Dr Doug Gray.

The meeting was facilitated by Drs Nathan Kesteven and David Glendinning and produced with the assistance of Cape Institute.

Come and join your colleagues for the NorDocs webinar on Breast cancer management and the Multidisciplinary team. (Link to slides).

Speakers are Dr Julan Amalaseelan (Radiation Oncologist), Dr Rob Simon (General Surgeon) and Dr Amy Scott (Medical Oncologist).

Our facilitators are Dr Nina Robertson (GP) and Dr David Guest (GP).

Three cases of breast cancer will be discussed with best practice approaches to the management of each one.

Key Learning Points

  • how to optimise investigation and workup of the suspected breast cancer patient 
  • the complexities of breast cancer management with multimodal treatments.
  • the changing management of the axilla and the aims of axillary staging.
  • the limitations of hormone therapy due to hormone deprivation symptoms
  • the timing and appropriateness of breast reconstruction in certain situations which is highly individualised and dependent on other therapies.
  • the common side effects of chest wall/breast radiotherapy
  • the management of acute radiation skin reactions