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AACMA Webinar: Let's talk about Long-COVID

09 Oct 2022

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AACMA is putting on a webinar in October - four speakers (now five speakers on six topics!) to discuss on long-COVID and share their clinical experience, researches and studies.

In the third year with COVID existence in our world, this will be a great opportunity for practitioners to exchange knowledge and experience, learn from each other in addressing this dominant health concern from the public. 

Secure your place for this unique event!

  • Rose Shiqi Luo – The Content, characteristics and delivery of Long-COVID support programs in Australia
  • Sean Zhu - Treatment of Abnormal Menstrual Cycle among COVID-19 Group by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Treatment
  • Kevin Ryan - Long, Post or Unresolved Covid-19 Syndromes The Facts The Fiction and the Way Forward 
  • Kevin Ryan - There is a Way Forward: 3 Case Reports involving the Acupuncture Treatment of Long (Post), and Unresolved Covid-19 Syndromes
  • Mark Gearing - Long Covid and Brain Fog: Focusing on Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • New speaker announced: Wing-Yu Yu - Long COVID and traditional Chinese medicine: Discussion on the current research evidence of treating Long COVID with Chinese medicine

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Sunday, 9 October 2022
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 12:30pm to 4:30pm (AEST) / 1:30pm to 5:30pm (AEDT) / 10:30am to 2:30pm (AWST)
Presenters: Rose Luo, Sean Zhu, Kevin Ryan, Mark Gearing, Wing-Yu Yu
Tickets: AACMA Member $79; AACMA Student Member FREE; Non Member $109 *(Members please log in to register at discounted rates)
CPD: 4 points (interactive)
Benefits: live webinar access, 6-month post event recording access and e-copy of lecture notes (subject to presenters)
RSVP: by 4pm (AEST) Friday 7 October 2022


KEEP READING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PRESENTATIONS & SPEAKERS

1. The Content, characteristics and delivery of Long-COVID support programs in Australia - presented by Rose Luo

Since it was first identified in January 2020, the severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is estimated to have resulted in over 250 million cases of the disease colloquially known as COVID-19, and over 15 million deaths. Whilst the majority of those infected appear to fully recover from this acute viral infection, a proportion, estimated to be as high as 40% in some studies, go on to display one or a combination of the following: fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pains, brain fogs and cognitive function, anxiety and depression, loss of smell and/or taste, insomnia, and these may persist for many months. When these symptoms persist for over 4 or 12 weeks, this chronic condition has been termed Long-COVID or Post-COVID, and is recognised as an emerging, challenging health condition. In this presentation, we aim to present our review on the Long-COVID support services currently being delivered in Australia, including the characteristics of these services (who they are targeting, who is delivering them, what is being delivered, and how they are being delivered) and assess whether the characteristics of these services were in accordance with international guidelines. 

Rose Shiqi LUO
Dr. Rose Shiqi Luo obtained her Ph.D. in complementary medicine in 2021 at RMIT University. She is a researcher on the project entitled “The Experiences of People with Long-COVID”, which is funded by RMIT University in collaboration with Northern Health and City of Whittlesea, Victoria. Rose worked as a registered nurse for 6 years and has been practising Chinese medicine for more than 5 years.


2. Treatment of Abnormal Menstrual Cycle among COVID-19 Group by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Treatment - presented by Sean Xiang Zhu

The COVID-19 pandemic, which emerged in China in December 2019 and spread very rapidly around the world, has have multisystem complications in addition to respiratory symptoms, such as issues with the cardiovascular and reproductive systems. A normal menstrual cycle indicates that hormones are functioning properly, the hypothalamo-pituitary axis is intact, and the ovaries are responding normally to this. Many reports have shown that COVID-19 is associated with the changes in cycle or menses length among female group. Here we will present you the cases and treatment as well as discuss the probable etiology that our clinic had met during COVID-19 pandemic.

Sean Xiang ZHU
Dr Sean Zhu is a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist who has 20 years' clinical experience. He got his PhD at the school of medicine at University of Western Australia and serving as a director of clinical trials and translational research of integrated traditional Chinese and Western Medicine in an institute. The direction of his investigations mainly focuses on testing and proving basic theory of TCM by modern methods, such as sphygmology and acupoints. Currently, he is concentrating on a considerable proportion of people who have recovered from COVID-19 with long-term effects on multiple organs and systems, such as abnormal menstrual cycle. 


3. Long, Post or Unresolved Covid-19 Syndromes The Facts The Fiction and the Way Forward - presented by Kevin Ryan

This presentation will introduce the webinar with an outline of presentations and an explanation of the terms Covid-19 infection, Unresolved Covid-19 and Long or Post Covid-19 syndrome. Current medical literature is presented in support of the definitions and also to describe the extent of the problem. The role and effectiveness of TCM in resolving the syndromes is presented in the light of recently published research.

4. There is a Way Forward: 3 Case Reports involving the Acupuncture Treatment of Long (Post), and Unresolved Covid-19 Syndromes - presented by Kevin Ryan

This presentation will describe a needling protocol developed between the presenter and Professor Janice Walton-Hadlock of the 5 Branches University Graduate School of TCM, Santa Cruz USA. 3 unusual recent Cases from his Clinic are presented, each demonstrating a different aspect of treatment. A reflection on the various Case presentations of the day will conclude the presentation.

Kevin RYAN
Kevin is in 47th year of acupuncture and osteopathy practice. He has presented at AACMAC and WFAS. He regularly conducts workshops in the treatment of muscular-skeletal presentations through acupressure techniques. He is an appointed member of the Reference Group of the Chinses Medicine Board of Australia. He has particular interests in neurological and paediatric illnesses and in post viral syndromes.


5. Long Covid and Brain Fog: Focusing on Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine - presented by Mark Gearing

Long Covid may contribute towards many chronic symptoms and lingering patterns. One commonly seen symptom in both acute and chronic cases of Covid-19 is “Brain Fog” (脑雾). This presentation will explore the patho-mechanism and treatment of Brain Fog with Classical Chinese Herbal Formulas. Focusing on diagnostic patterns that may be seen in chronic cases of Long Covid Brain Fog, including herbal treatment methods and Classical Formulas that may be used for each pattern. Each main Formula Pattern will include Dr Huang Huang’s experiential dosages of the herbal ingredients of each Formula. Plus the clinical experience of the author with some commentary about the formulas and pathologies by Dr Huang Huang.

Mark GEARING
Mark Gearing has been practicing Chinese Medicine in Australia for 24 years. He has been learning from Dr Huang Huang for over 14 years. He is currently Professor Huang Huang’s PhD student. Since 2013 Mark has been organizing study tours to Dr Huang’s clinic in Nanjing. Mark has earned a Clinical Fellowship with the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine under the guidance of Dr Arnaud Versluys, and is an assistant instructor with iceam.


6. Long COVID and traditional Chinese medicine: Discussion on the current research evidence of treating Long COVID with Chinese medicine - presented by Wing-Yu Yu

Long COVID is a condition where the symptoms of COVID-19 remain or develop after the initial infection. Long COVID can include a wide variety of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of smell and muscle ache. It is a common health issue in the world and could cause severe impact. Until now, it is still uncertain about the root cause of this condition and there is no single treatment or medication for it.

While scientists are still looking for possible explanations and effective treatments for long COVID, could Chinese medicine play a role in handling this condition? The presenter will present a summary of the current research evidence of treating Long COVID symptoms with Chinese medicine. A brief analysis of the current evidence and suggestions for future research that could facilitate the clinical practice of Chinese medicine practitioners in this area will also be presented.

Wing-Yu YU
Wing Yu is a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner in Hong Kong and a researcher in Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association. She obtained her degree of Bachelor of Chinese Medicine in The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015. After graduation, Yu has worked in private clinic and Chinese medicine centre for training and research for 5 years. She is now pursuing her degree of Master of Chinese Medicine (Research stream) in Western Sydney University. 

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