Join us for the inaugural online Down Syndrome NSW Conference 2020 to be held over 3 days in webinar format on:
Thursday 20th August
Thursday 27th August
Thursday 3rd September
10.00am - 12.30pm each day
DAY ONE – 20 AUGUST 2020
Professor Katherine Samaras Endocrinologist, St Vincent’s Hospital and Garvan Institute of Medical Research
• Metabolic diseases that can arise in people with Down syndrome • Importance of addressing obesity • Signs and symptoms to look out for • Tips for healthy hearts, stable blood sugar levels, and blood pressure • Other medications that can contribute to weight gain • Role of metformin in controlling weight – what’s the evidence? • How to have a good relationship with your health team and have your concerns taken seriously
DAY TWO – 27 AUGUST 2020
Mr Stewart Hayes Podiatrist at Orthotic Solutions Podiatry Clinics,Biomechanics Lecturer at Western Sydney University School of Podiatry
• Correct nail cutting and care • General foot care - corns, calluses, warts, etc • Features to look for when buying shoes • Flat Feet - Are they a problem? • Arch supports and orthotics - Are they worth the money? • When you need to see a podiatrist.
Ms Carmel DiMarco Exercise Physiologist at Sydney University
• Why is exercise important for weight management in people with Down syndrome? • How to motivate people with Down syndrome to exercise more • What are the precautions that family members need to be aware of for people with Down syndrome when they are exercising? • Will exercising more increase the person’s appetite further? • How to involve the family and carers in exercise
DAY THREE – 3 SEPTEMBER 2020
Associate Professor Brendan YeeStaff Specialist in Respiratory & Sleep Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
• Why is sleep apnoea a problem? • Is it more common in people with Down syndrome? • What are the signs and symptoms to look out for? • How can sleep apnoea be managed in a person with Down syndrome? • What’s the latest research in this area that’s relevant to a person with Down syndrome?
Ms Katherine Bathgate Accredited Practicing Dietitian (pictured) & Ms Sue Gebert Dietitian
• The evidence on obesity • The practical strategies for managing obesity and overeating • Insights on duty of care vs. dignity of risk – managing choice and control • Role of health plans and NDIS
During the conference we will also hear from members on their Staying Healthy successes.