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Psoriasis - more than skin deep

Saturday, August 3, 2024
2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
C2.2 + C2.3


Psoriasis is a common, chronic, multisystem inflammatory disease often associated with thick, scaly, inflammatory skin plaques. Sometimes described as debilitating, this skin disorder impacts 2% of the global population and up 6.6% of Australians. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown yet it is believed to occur in genetically predisposed people with the involvement of lymphocytes. Psoriasis has been linked to several co-morbidities, including psoriatic arthritis, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression. Whilst psoriasis cannot be cured, a range of treatment options are available.

During this session we will discuss the range of treatment options available to treat psoriasis, including biological therapies. We will discuss the role of pharmacists in supporting individuals living with psoriasis and effectively managing their psoriasis-related symptoms and other co-morbidities.

Learning objectives
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Outline the clinical features of psoriasis.
2. Discuss the treatment options available for psoriasis.
3. Discuss the role of pharmacists, in the assessment, referral, and management of psoriasis.
Competency standards: 1.4, 1.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5


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Dr Phillip Artemi
South West Dermatology

Psoriasis - more than skin deep


Dr Phillip Artemi first graduated from Sydney University as a Pharmacist in 1983. He then completed his MBBS (UNSW) and Master of Medicine (Sydney University) before entering Specialist Dermatology training where he attained Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Following further training he obtained his Mohs and Laser Surgery Fellowship (Skin and Cancer Foundation, Australia). 
Dr Artemi has a special research interest in the areas of skin quality and the treatment of acne and acne scarring. Dr Artemi is a Visiting Medical Officer in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at The Skin Hospital Westmead NSW. Dr Artemi is a past Director of Training (NSW Faculty), past Chairman of the Teaching Learning Committee and NSW Rural Task Force, past Member of the Board of Directors, past Honorary Secretary and previous media spokesperson of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. 
Dr Artemi has presented both locally and internationally at Scientific Meetings and has commented regularly on Dermatology in the media.