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Psoriasis Back to Basics Program Q&A Workshop 3

Psoriasis Back to Basics Program Q&A Workshop 3

7:00PM - 8:00PM Monday 15th November 2021
Registrations for this event are now closed.

Workshop on Psoriasis: Pregnancy, Biologics and Malignancy and PBS Requirements for Adults with Severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis 

Join Dr Sarah Smithson, Dr Diana Rubel and Sue Anderson as they answer all your questions on the Psoriasis Back to Basics Program: Modules 2 & 6. 

This highly interactive 60-minute workshop will include case studies and discussions on the afore-mentioned modules, so you are highly encouraged to complete Modules 2 & 6 in order to get the most out of this workshop. 

Module 2 has Dr Katherine Armour providing you with the most recent updates and summaries on understanding the background considerations and risks for patients with psoriasis during pregnancy and what the current recommendations are for the benefits and risks associated with psoriasis treatments.  Dr Diana Rubel provides a thorough review of risks of malignancy that is inherent with a psoriasis diagnosis and considerations of the mechanistic risks and real world data for both non-biologic and biologic treatment benefits and risks.

In module 6, clinical nurse consultant for dermatology biologics, Sue Anderson discusses all things PBS for adults with severe chronic plaque psoriasis. She covers initial authority applications, continuation authority applications, change -, break – or recommencement applications and how to lodge.

She starts off with the criteria for initial PBS subsidized biologic therapy, including pre-biologic considerations, recommended screening pathology and PASI assessments. She provides a step-by-step guide on PB112 form completion and lodgement.

To register for the Q&A Workshop, please use the REGISTER buttons at the top and bottom of this page.


This 6-module curriculum is a highly practical resource for clinicians at the frontline of one of the most challenging dermatological disorders. Led by Associate Professor Peter Foley from the Skin Health Institute, the program provides comprehensive training on psoriasis aetiology, presentation, assessment and treatment, with a focus on up-to-date clinical evidence and prescribing strategies for the currently available biologic therapies.

Each module only takes 30-60 minutes to complete and certificates are issues upon completion of the course.

For more on the PSORIASIS:BACK TO BASICS program and instructions on how to access the program click below :

how to access the program 

MEET THE q&A Panelists


Dr Sarah Smithson is a dermatologist and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Dr Smithson studied medicine in the UK and achieved a distinction award for her medical degree.  

Dr Smithson completed her dermatology training in Melbourne and during her training she was selected to work at The National Skin Centre in Singapore, and was awarded the President’s medal for exam achievement.

Working in medicine in three countries has given Dr Smithson a range of experience with an interest in all aspects of dermatology. Dr Smithson currently works at the Skin Health Institute, The Alfred Hospital and also in private practice in inner Melbourne.


Dr Diana Rubel is a consultant dermatologist in private practice at Woden Dermatology, Canberra, and a visiting medical officer and Senior Lecturer at The Canberra Hospital and Australian National University. She completed her undergraduate medical degree (1988) and postgraduate Diploma in Paediatrics (1992) at University of NSW, her Masters of Medicine (specialising in cutaneous immunology) at Sydney University (1995) and Australasian College of Dermatologists’ fellowship in 1998. She has over 15 years’ experience at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Darlinghurst, Sydney, and has been a Staff Specialist at the Sydney Children’s Hospital for 10 years.

She runs a multidisciplinary Clinical Practice in Canberra and conducts clinical research in association with Probity Medical Research and the Australian National University.
Her subspecialty interests include acne, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, skin cancer management, clinical trials, and cosmetic dermatology.

Sue Anderson, Registered Nurse

Sue Anderson is a Clinical Nurse Consultant working at the Skin Health Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital and Austin Hospital in Melbourne. She has been working for over 11 years in the specialist clinics for dermatology biologics. In her role as a biologics nurse, she assists patients to navigate their treatment options working with the medical team and her nursing colleagues and provides support and education to her patients.


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