Aust Rheumatology Assoc Meeting

Report by Chris Lloyd

I was privileged to fly to Adelaide as a new Queensland Delegate for Scleroderma Australia.

The event was the 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Rheumatology Association from 17th to 21st May. 

sign on stall in adelaide 2.jpg This was held in the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace. I had the opportunity to meet the rest of the Scleroderma Australia committee from other states as well as make important contacts with many doctors and other health professionals. 


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Those attending had come from all over Australia and overseas. Our stall was well attended and we also approached doctors during their meal breaks and gave them information about Scleroderma. It was refreshing to see a familiar face - my own Ipswich specialist - and I took the opportunity to chat to him. He really appreciates the black book we have produced. He took quite a few of the new pamphlets entitled A HOSPITAL CHECKLIST – A Guide to Nursing Patients with Scleroderma. I brought back a few hundred of these for use in Queensland.

 Above are a few of the signs on display at the meeting.



Photos taken at the meeting in Adelaide.

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Left to Right: Robyn Sims, Minute Secretary from VICTORIA; Jan Elliott,

 President from VICTORIA; Margaret Nunn, Secretary from WESTERN AUSTRALIA; Mary Sotiriadis, NEW SOUTH WALES delegate and Treasurer of Scleroderma Australia; Shelley Phillips-O'Brien; President of Scleroderma NEW SOUTH WALES; Christine Lloyd: QUEENSLAND delegate.


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