Spotlight on GP Education with our Education and Research Fellow

Spotlight on GP Education with our Education and Research Fellow

With a background in research science, Dr Laxmi Iyengar has always been drawn to the pursuit of new knowledge, leading her to embark on a career in medicine with the impact her research could have on improving the health and well-being of her patients.

Her interest in skin health was sparked by a love for teaching and the gratification it brings. Joining the Skin Health Institute as an Education and Research Fellow has allowed Laxmi to consolidate her knowledge and support the education of her fellow GPs – an opportunity she finds incredibly rewarding. Through her role, she actively contributes to GP education workshops, sharing her expertise and insights to enhance the dermatological knowledge of her colleagues.

Reflecting on a memorable patient experience, Laxmi recalls a case involving a young child with severe eczema. Witnessing the impact of this condition on the child and their family reinforced the significance of education in managing such common skin conditions.

In addition to her educational endeavours, Laxmi is involved in exciting research projects and clinical trials. One notable project is the Spot Diagnosis Podcast a podcast series that examines the skin complaints commonly encountered by general practitioners. It provides evidence-based, up-to-date medical education and information aimed at upskilling GPs and other healthcare practitioners in treating skin complaints, in order to improve the skin health of our communities.

Laxmi envisions the field of skin health evolving rapidly over the next 5-10 years. With the increasing prevalence of skin disorders and the rising burden of skin diseases, GPs will play a crucial role in managing these conditions, “the burden of skin diseases affects millions of Australians, and as GPs, we are at the forefront of tackling this challenge,” she says, “the rapid advancements in biologicals and small molecule inhibitors offer promising possibilities for improving skin health.”

Dr Iyengar’s future career goals include continued contributions to education and research, ensuring that GPs like you have access to the latest knowledge and best practices. As part of this, we’re thrilled to announce that Laxmi will be facilitating our upcoming GP Workshops. We encourage all GPs to take advantage of these workshops to enhance their dermatological skills and expand their understanding of skin health.

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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