2017 Psoriasis Patient Information Evening
The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc marks World Psoriasis Day each year by hosting an evening with the experts for patients, families and carers. This year was no different.
World Psoriasis Day is celebrated all around the world by
patients and supported groups in an attempt to raise awareness of psoriasis and
psoriatic arthritis, spread information and improve access to treatment.
The Foundation’s information evening was held on Monday, 30 November. In the lead-up to the event, we promoted information about psoriasis and the event widely, particularly though published articles on Medibank ‘Live Better’ site, on the Foundation’s website and through a range of social
media channels. The event was also widely
promoted by Psoriasis Australia in the months ahead.
Over 30 guests attended the Foundation’s World Psoriasis Day Patient Information Evening and were given the opportunity to hear the latest from consultant dermatologist, Dr Phil Lane, one of the leaders in the Foundation’s Biologics Clinic that is dedicated to treating patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Dr Lane spoke to the audience about the different types of
psoriasis treatments, with a particular focus on new and emerging biologics
treatments. Dr Lane also discussed the many triggers of psoriasis and the role
our genes play in this skin condition.
Associate Professor Soumitiri Varadarajan from RMIT University then spoke, providing a patient’s perspective, and his experiences through to managing psoriasis with biologic treatment.
To conclude the
evening, President of Psoriasis Australia, Karen Ridsdale, discussed what her
team has been doing to improve awareness of this skin condition.
presenters then had an opportunity to mingle, share their psoriasis stories and
generate more ideas about how we can raise awareness of this
widely-misunderstood skin condition.
The evening was sponsored by Eli Lilly, whose support enabled the Foundation to promote and host the event.