RUOK Day 2022

Today is RUOK Day, and although we should ask each other this question regularly, today we recognise the importance of having these conversations.

Research has found four in ten Australians feel asking someone “are you OK?” is a conversation better had with an expert.
However, R U OK? want everyone to know you don’t need qualifications to have an R U OK? conversation.

The work of health professionals is vital, and their value cannot be underestimated however we can all play a role in supporting each other.

You don’t need to be an expert to have an R U OK? conversation. Listening and giving someone your time might be just what they need to help them through.

Ask R U OK? No qualifications needed, because a conversation could change a life. 

At Skin Health Institute, we know that skin conditions can impact people’s lives in many ways: from their self-esteem, their relationships, and their ability to participate in the activities they enjoy, which can also result in social isolation.
We want to provide help to those who are seeking treatment, care and support for their skin conditions to know where they can find it, and how you can help.

This can be as simple as:
• Checking in on the mental health of friends and family who you know suffer from skin conditions.
• Encouraging friends and family suffering from skin conditions to get in touch with a patient support group.
• Listening to the Spot Diagnosis Podcast to learn more about various skin conditions and their management.
• Sharing helpful articles, such as this one about eczema management.
• Encouraging your loved ones to keep an eye on any moles or skin lesions. Our skin check guide can help with this.
• Asking a family member to get a referral and make an appointment at the Institute. More information about seeking help at the Institute can be found here.

RUOK Day is an excellent reminder to start these conversations, however Skin Health Institute encourages our community to stay vigilant with each other; have these conversations often and take advantage of the resources at our disposal.

Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, affects millions of individuals worldwide, including a significant number of Australians. This August, during Psoriasis Awareness Month, we aim to shed light on this prevalent condition, raise awareness, and emphasise the importance of empathy and support for those living with psoriasis.

In Australia, psoriasis is estimated to impact approximately 2-3% of the population, making it a relatively common dermatological concern. Despite its prevalence, psoriasis remains widely misunderstood, leading to misconceptions and stigmatisation among patients.

At the Skin Health Institute, we have committed our support to Psoriasis Awareness Month with a mission to create empathy and awareness for people with psoriasis and promote a better understanding of this condition. We recognise that beyond medical treatment, patients need compassionate support and understanding from their communities. Through various initiatives, we strive to foster an environment of compassion and knowledge, allowing patients to feel heard and supported as they learn to manage their condition.

Our dedication to enhancing dermatological care extends to providing the latest treatment options. Our Advanced Targeted Therapies Clinic offers cutting-edge therapies that specifically address psoriasis, tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Our expert dermatologists work closely with patients to develop personalised treatment plans, empowering them to manage their condition effectively and improve their quality of life.

Education is key to unlocking progress in dermatology, so through our suite of educational resources, we seek to help health professionals to stay at the forefront of their clinical practice. Our Masterclasses, GP Workshops, Advanced Therapeutics Education Portal, and Spot Diagnosis podcast episodes provide valuable insights and updates on psoriasis management and treatment options.

As part of our commitment to advancing psoriasis research, we are actively conducting clinical trials focused on nail and body psoriasis. These trials play a crucial role in uncovering innovative treatments and improving outcomes for people with psoriasis. By participating in our clinical trials, individuals not only contribute to medical advancements but also have the opportunity to access potential breakthrough therapies.

During Psoriasis Awareness Month and beyond, we stay dedicated in the pursuit of improving patient outcomes, expanding healthcare professional knowledge and advancing treatment options.         

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