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Vulval Disease: How to help a consistently neglected group of female patients

Speaker:Associate Professor Gayle Fischer
Where:Founders Wing, The Skin Hospital, 121 Crown St, Darlinghurst
Who should attend:Dermatologists and Dermatology Registrars
Overview:The vulva is part of the skin and almost everything that affects it comes within the skill set of the dermatologist. As such our specialty is uniquely placed to provide help. Patients who suffer from skin diseases of the vulva are still a neglected group and we can lead the way to providing clinical care and to educating others who are involved in their management.

These patients present a unique group in terms of emotional overlay and that neuropathic pain is a relatively common part of the symptomatology. The latter is however not unfamiliar to dermatologists who are trained to help those with post-herpetic neuralgia, erythromelalgia and brachioradial pruritus.

Dr. Fischer’s talk will focus on how dermatologists can use their existing skills to assist these patients. When they do, they will find them to be one of the most grateful cohorts ever encountered.

About the speaker:Dr Fischer is an associate professor in Dermatology at Sydney Medical School Northern, a campus of the University of Sydney Medical School. She is a clinician at The Royal North Shore Hospital, where she runs a vulval disease and paediatric service. She also runs a private practice specialising in paediatric and vulval dermatology.

She holds a senior doctorate (Doctor of Medicine) from the University of Sydney for her thesis “Vulval Disease in adults and children.” She has a 20-year career in researching and publishing on vulval disease and is the author of over 50 research articles and chapters, co-author of a textbook and a patient focussed website and has been awarded prizes for her work both in Australia and internationally.

A/Prof Fischer has previously been ACD Chief Examiner and Dean of Education. She has been awarded the Silver Medal of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and received an OAM for services to Medicine in the field.

RSVP:19th August 2019, 17:00 PM


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