Severe bone and joint infections are associated with high morbidity and high health service costs. Parenteral antibiotic therapy is required in many patients to ensure positive treatment outcomes. Providing such therapy as part of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) or hospital in the home (HITH) programs is potentially a highly valuable approach to avoid long-term hospitalisation and the associated economic costs. In this webinar, experts in this area of healthcare will provide their opinion on how to use OPAT/HITH for optimised care of patients with severe bone and joint infections.


6.00 – 6.10pm

Primary discussion topic: Use of OPAT / HITH for bone and joint infections

Moderators: Associate Professor Ben Rogers (Monash Health) and Professor Jason Roberts (The University of Queensland)

6.10 – 6.30 pm

Subtopic 1: Why is the treatment of bone and joint infections a candidate for OPAT / HITH? - Dr Edward Raby (Consultant in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Fiona Stanley and Royal Perth Hospital)

6.30 – 6.50 pm

Subtopic 2: My approach to the use of parenteral antibiotics for OPAT / HITH - Dr Kate McCarthy (Infectious Disease Specialist, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital)

6.50 – 7.10 pm 

Subtopic 3: Drug treatments and stability considerations for OPAT / HITH - Dr Mark Gilchrist (Pharmacist, Imperial College Healthcare, National Health Service, UK)

7.10 – 7.30 pm 

Subtopic 4: Paediatric-specific considerations for OPAT / HITH - Ms Nicolette Graham (Clinical Pharmacy Lead, Queensland Children's Hospital)

7.30 - 8pm

Group discussion moderators:  Dr Ben Rogers and Professor Jason Roberts

Part 1 - Introduction and Dr Edward Raby

Part 2 - Dr Kate McCarthy

Part 3 - Mr Mark Gilchrest

Part 4 - Ms Nicolette Graham

Part 5 - Q&A Session

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.