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Dermatology and Rheumatology Working Together – Psoriatic Disease and Beyond

Dr Annika SmithDr Richard Holland

Speakers:Dr Annika Smith, MBBS (Hons 1), MPHTM, FRACP, FACD

Dr Richard Holland, MBChB

Where:The Founders Wing, The Skin Hospital, 121 Crown St, Darlinghurst
Who should attend:Dermatologists and Dermatology Registrars
Overview:The future of medical care for patients with complex diseases rests with multidisciplinary care. This approach has been adopted by leading health care institutions around the world.  Patient centred care necessitates coordinated and efficient approaches to diagnosis and management in order to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Multi-disciplinary clinics are a well-established way of achieving this and are particularly valuable in complex cases requiring multi-specialty input.

Progress in the understanding of the immunopathogenesis of psoriatic disease and appreciation of the multisystem nature of this disease has resulted in new treatment paradigms and with this an increasing trend for combined dermatology and rheumatology clinics to manage these patients. The benefits of this approach extend well beyond the psoriatic sphere to include connective tissue disease and autoinflammatory disease to name a few.

This talk will include:

  • The benefits of multidisciplinary management with Dermatology and Rheumatology in psoriatic disease, CTD and other disease entities
  • How dermatologists should efficiently approach assessment and management of psoriatic arthropathy and institute basic management
  • How to screen for systemic involvement in Lupus/related connective tissue disease
  • Auto inflammatory disorders – what are they and when should you worry?
  • What the Rheumatologist wants the dermatologist to know (and vice versa)
  • Highlights of the combined clinic with interesting case examples
About the speakers:Dr.  Annika Smith 

Dr Annika Smith is a Consultant Dermatologist at St Vincent’s and Westmead Hospitals, the Melanoma Institute Australia and the Skin Hospital Darlinghurst. Annika has undertaken fellowships at the prestigious St John’s Institute of Dermatology London, followed by further sub-specialty training in New York.

Annika has a special interest in complex medical dermatology including psoriasis along with skin cancer diagnostics, management and prevention. Dr Smith has been published in local and international dermatology journals, has presented at national and international conferences and has co-authored several book chapters in the field of dermatology. She is a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Dr Richard Holland

Dr Holland graduated with an MBChB from Otago University in 2004. He moved to Australia after completing his residency to further his training.  He completed advanced training in Rheumatology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital and Westmead Hospital and became a Fellow in Rheumatology in 2015.

Following specialty training, Richard moved with his family to the United Kingdom to undertake a clinical fellowship at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath. His main area of research was psoriatic arthritis, particularly patient reported outcomes, and he has published in this area. He has a special interest in psoriatic arthritis, connective tissue disease, and patient reported outcomes.

RSVP:8th March 2020, 6:30 PM
Certificate of attendance:Yes
CPD points for Dermatologists:2 CPD Points
CPD points for GPs:N/A


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