Infective endocarditis is a severe infection associated with high morbidity and mortality. Parenteral antibiotic therapy is a mainstay of treatment with long courses of therapy (weeks) required to ensure positive treatment outcomes. As a means to avoid long-term hospitalisation and the economic costs to deliver such therapy, as well as the associated quality of life challenges, OPAT is a strategy which can assist more convenient and optimal treatment of infective endocarditis.

6 – 6.10 pm 

Welcome:  Professor Jason Roberts (The University of Queensland)

Primary discussion topic: Infective endocarditis treatment in the outpatient setting Dr James Pollard (Cabrini Health, Melbourne)

6.10 – 6.30 pm

Subtopic 1: Infective endocarditis and preparing for OPAT – Dr Yong Shen Wee (The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane)

6.30 – 6.50 pm

Subtopic 2: Clinical care and complications of infective endocarditis on OPAT – Dr Lydia Upjohn (Monash Health, Melbourne)

6.50 - 7.10 pm

Subtopic 3: Pharmacology of agents used to treat infective endocarditis – Ms Cindy Lau (St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney)

7.10 - 7.30 pm

Subtopic 4: OPAT in vulnerable patients with infective endocarditis and those who inject drugs – Dr Mark Loewenthal (Hunter New England LHD)

Group discussion moderators:  Dr James Pollard  and Professor Jason Roberts

Recordings of the OPAT Masterclass Webinar on Infective Endocarditis now available to view:

About OPAT Masterclass Webinar Series

Starting on March 19 2020, in partnership with our industry partners, we are delivering a series of four webinars focused on the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT).

Each of the webinars will be broadcast live as well as recorded for later viewing or listening. The format will consist of four different topics at each of the webinars across four different cities around the country.

We will aim to cover both the clinical and academic components of each of the topics and allow time for live and online Q&A sessions.

Broadly, the four themes will be:

  • Pulmonary infections in outpatient setting (Online)
  • Infective endocarditis treatment in outpatient setting ( Online)
  • Infections of bone and joint in outpatient setting (Online)
  • Treating infections in cancer patients in an outpatient setting (Online)

We are proud to deliver this educational and research capacity building activity designed to connect the leaders in the field with relevant clinicians, researchers and industry across the country and abroad.

OPAT in the context of the HITH  is increasing in popularity and usage globally and the need for information on practices and principles of its use are evident.

Current trends highlight opportunities for further expansion of scope and mechanisms to provide more convenient and cost-effective care.