Welcome and introduction
Welcome: Prof Jason Roberts, The University of Queensland CRE REDUCE, Brisbane
Chair and moderator: Dr Benjamin Rogers, Monash Hospital in the Home, Monash University, Melbourne
OPAT/HITH for mycobacterial infection - case study 
Dr Andrew Burke, The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
A week in the life of OPAT/HITH - the patient experience
Margaret and Frank Dorrstein, with Dr Andrew Burke
A week in the life of OPAT/HITH - pharmacist experience
Ms Amy Legg, Royal Darwin Hospital, Top End Health Service

COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses - the role of HITH in adult patients

Dr Seok Lim, Head of Unit Royal Melbourne Hospital at Home

COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses - the role of HITH in paediatric patients

Dr Kate Davies, Queensland Children's Hospital
Question & Answer



About Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT), Hospital in the Home (HITH) Masterclass webinars

CRE REDUCE will continue its educational series on Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) / Hospital in the Home (HITH) Masterclass Series in 2021, and deliver one seminar per quarter. With COVID-19 restrictions lifted we hope to hold each seminar as a dinner event in four different Australian capital cities (including Brisbane and Melbourne). The masterclasses will focus on models of care in Australian hospitals and internationally, considerations for various infection pathologies, and current research about the stability of drugs delivered in the OPAT context. 

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 HITH is increasing in popularity and use globally, and the need for information on practices and principles of its use is evident. Current trends highlight opportunities for further expansion of scope and mechanisms to provide more convenient and cost-effective care.

Learning objectives

  1. Models of care for OPAT in Australian hospitals
  2. Models of care for OPAT internationally
  3. Treatment considerations for various infection pathologies
  4. Treatment considerations for OPAT use in infants and children
  5. Lastest data regarding drug stability in the context of OPAT

The proposed dates for the 2021 masterclasses are listed below. The theme, content and speakers for each masterclass will be detailed closer to the date. Invitations will be sent out to all CRE REDUCE subscribers. Click here to subscribe and receive the invitation.

  • OPAT/HITH Masterclass 1, Thursday 18 March 
  • OPAT/HITH Masterclass 2, Thursday 17 June 
  • OPAT/HITH Masterclass 3, Thursday 23 September 
  • OPAT/HITH Masterclass 4, Thursday 25 November
Organising Committee

CRE REDUCE gratefully acknowledges the organisers of the OPAT / HITH Masterclass series for their contribution:

  • Associate Professor Benjamin Rogers, Monash Infectious Diseases and Monash Hospital in The Home, Melbourne
  • Dr James Pollard, Clinical Director of Community Care, Cabrini Health, Melbourne
  • Ms Nicolette Graham, Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Queensland Children's Hospital
  • Mr Sean Unwin, Infectious Disease Pharmacist, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland
  • Professor Jason Roberts, Director CRE REDUCE, and NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, The University of Queensland