Receiving cancer treatment at home can enhance patients’ comfort and convenience, minimise disruption in their lives, and reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. However, there are other risks associated with self-administering medications as compared to a trained professional. Clinicians make careful decisions about which patients can benefit from home care and provide highly specialised and appropriate patient education. Key topics in the next OPAT / HITH Masterclass will discuss how to manage HITH in patients with acute leukaemia, and IV versus oral antibiotics for febrile neutropenia in cancer patients, among others. We hope you will join our expert panel of clinicians, pharmacists, and nurses who will answer questions about best practice OPAT / HITH treatments and share from their varied experiences. 

6.00 – 6.10pm

Primary discussion topic: Treating infections in cancer patients in the OPAT / HITH setting

Moderators: Dr James Pollard (Cabrini Health) and Professor Jason Roberts (The University of Queensland)

6.10 – 6.30 pm

Subtopic 1: Management of febrile neutropenia (adult and paediatric) on HITH  - Associate Professor Gabrielle Haeusler (Infectious Diseases Physician, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Children's Hospital)

6.30 – 6.50 pm

Subtopic 2: Managing patients with acute leukaemia using HITH - Dr David Routledge (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)

6.50 – 7.10 pm 

Subtopic 3: Managing malignant effusions using Rockets on HITH and managing pain in cancer patients - Dr Fiona Runacres (Monash Health)

7.10 – 7.30 pm 

Subtopic 4: Paediatric-specific considerations for OPAT/HITH - Ms Melissa Brimelow (Senior Pharmacist, Children's Health Queensland at Home)

7.30 - 8pm

Group discussion moderators:  Dr James Pollard and Professor Jason Roberts


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.


A zoom link will be provided upon registration.