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Become a member

  • Fun social events
  • Seminars, webinars and support
  • Illuminating information for you and your family
  • Help educate doctors and fund research
  • Quarterly newsletter

Having a condition that can be embarrassing and isolating is not always something you want to be reminded of.

You have your friends and family, your GP who know you and can help on a daily basis. However, it’s crucial to understand the bigger picture and how being a member of PA can help you extensively.

With a strong membership, Psoriasis Australia will be able to give you access to more affordable medication by lobbying governments and working with medical industry to create better solutions.

We offer grants to facilitate Australian based research and we also work hard every day to de-stigmatise this life long condition and help psoriasis sufferers feel normal and able to live a full happy life.

Being a member is about

• Community and support for those who wish to connect
• Having fun and support through social events
• Transformation and illumination of the condition to the general public
• Educating doctors and the medical industry sector
• Lobbying government to create better resources
• The vital access to information on new treatments
• Access to new medications earlier
• Funding Australia research for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Knowing Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition, caused by an overactive immune system. The cause has nothing to do with cleanliness and it is not contagious.

The condition onset usually occurs in people in their early twenties, however there is also a smaller peak onset between 55-60 years of age. Children may also have psoriasis triggered through strep throat or hormonal changes.

Psoriasis is not strictly genetic but one third of sufferers have a family member who also has psoriasis.

Psoriasis affects 2% of our population, or around 450,000 Australians, yet our awareness of this relatively common condition is small, which is why Psoriasis Australia needs your help by becoming a member.

Psoriasis is an often hidden condition, but we are here to help. It is common for psoriasis sufferers to feel anxious; embarrassed, unattractive or depressed, so please make sure you let your doctor know all your symptoms.

Creating Change

In order to have psoriasis recognised, funded, researched and elevated in the Australian landscape, people need to understand it. This is not a condition that you can help, or cure, but neither is it something to be ashamed of. The problem is that many people do hide it. We find the symptoms embarrassing; one reason for hiding is also misdiagnosis. There are misconceptions that it is catching, or that the sufferer is in some way at fault.

General Practitioners are not specifically trained in dermatology and so sometimes cannot give you the right treatment.

One of the most frustrating situations we find is that a psoriasis suffer is either misdiagnosed, or given out-dated treatment regimes which are less effective and potentially have more side affects than what is not available with the right information.

Dermatology

You need to see a good dermatologist and have a great relationship as this condition lasts for the rest of your life. We help you find appropriate help, just call us on ….

Understanding Risk

Psoriasis is more than skin deep. You need to be diagnosed early to reduce the risk of psoriasis developing in the joints or gut. The co-morbidity factors are statistically proven. Early detection and treatment reduces your risk and the damage.

However, diagnosis is not always easy. There is no blood test or simple process to diagnose your symptoms, so please always give your doctor a complete picture of your symptoms to cover all inflammatory and autoimmune related possibilities.

Some of the more problematic issue are crones disease; the issue in the gut but a gastroenterologist will not always see the connection with a mild skin out break, but psoriasis may be driving gut issues.

Arthritis can also be psoriatic arthritis, so you may be seeing a rheumatologist. Again, joint inflammation is not always diagnosed as a wider ranging condition affecting the skin.

The right help can reduce your symptoms so that you slow the condition and lower your risks.

We have great connections

Sister associations such as the Skin and Cancer Foundation offer GPs workshops on conditions such as Psoriasis.

MOVE – Previously called Arthritis Victoria can also be a secondary resource for psoriatic arthritis sufferers.

We also connect with pharmaceutical companies and local researchers to ensure that you have access to the latest and best information and to lobby for affordable medication.