Join us on Tuesday, 29 October for a (free) patient information evening to mark World Psoriasis Day.
This event will provide you with a chance to hear the latest from our panel of leading experts about the treatment and management of psoriasis, including advances in treatment options.
It will also help raise awareness of psoriasis amongst the broader community and provide those attending a chance to network with biologics support nurses, dermatologists, support organisations and others affected by the condition.
Dr Alice Rudd, MBBS FACD, Dermatologist
Dr Rudd is a General, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatologist affiliated with The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and the Skin & Cancer Foundation, Carlton.
Dr Rudd completed her Medical Degree at Monash University, Melbourne and pursued her post graduate dermatology studies through the Australasian College of Dermatologists. She is also a qualified yoga teacher.
Dr Rudd has worked for many years in all areas of dermatology with patients who suffer from sun damage, skin cancer, pigmentation, acne and acne scarring, eczema, hair loss, nail problems and photosensitive skin disorders.
A particular focus of Dr Rudd's work has been in the disease of rosacea and psoriasis. She is passionate about helping those suffering with these debilitating disease with a combination of medical and natural therapies.
Karen Ridsdale, President of Psoriasis Australia
Karen Ridsdale was born in Melbourne and has a background in Nursing. She has worked at some of the major hospitals in Melbourne for over 25 years.
Karen was diagnosed with mild Scalp and Guttate Psoriasis at the age of 7, and in 2013 was diagnosed with severe Psoriatic Arthritis. Karen's daughter has had severe Plaque and Guttate Psoriasis since she was 2. This life experience of being a patient, carer, and also mum of someone with severe Psoriasis has provided her with the determination, compassion and curiosity needed to help others living with Psoriatic Disease.
Her interests lie in research into a better understanding of, and new treatments for, psoriasis. Karen's vision for the organisation is for Psoriasis Australia to provide a positive environment for people with Psoriasis to seek information and help in managing their disease.
Sarah Chivers, Manager of our Clinical Trials Department
Sarah has been working in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. Her roles have been many and varied. After finishing her nursing degree in 1992 she spent time working at Cotham Private Hospital before taking a gap year and travelling overseas. On her return, she moved into the pharmaceutical industry as a sales rep and nurse advisor and then took some time off to have a family.
Sarah became involved in clinical trials in 2005 and worked as a study coordinator at Eastern Health in the Department of Gastroenterology specialising in liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. In 2019 she joined the Skin & Cancer Foundation as the Clinical Trials Manager and is happy to be a part of such a dedicated team focussed on providing healthcare solutions through clinical trials.
The session will include light refreshments, and a chance for informal discussions with those attending.
If you would like to attend this free event, please register now. Seating is limited, so please register to secure your place.
For those people living outside of Melbourne, or not able to attend the event, it will be live webcast and screened on our website.
Thank you to our event sponsor Novartis for providing an untied education grant so we could host this event. We would not be able to conduct these type of events without such support.