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Top line-up draws the attention of 100+ health professionals

More than 100 health professionals from throughout South Australia learnt of the latest treatments, information and experiences associated with managing people with arthritis at Arthritis SA’s inaugural Health Professional Annual Conference on 26 June.

Some of the State’s most respected specialists in medical fields directly relevant to arthritis presented. Among the many were Dr Susanna Proudman FRACP presenting on Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dr Sam Whittle FRACP presenting on Fibromyalgia and pain management, and Assoc Prof Catherine Hill MBBS MD MSc FRAC who shared her expertise on Osteoarthritis.

Podiatry and pharmaceuticals also received special attention. John Arnold B.Pod (Hons), PhD offered professional insights into osteoarthritis and foot problems, and the use of medicines in the management of arthritis were presented by Dr Michael Wiese, B/Pharm, PhD, who is the senior lecturer in Pharmacotherapeutics at the University of SA

The conference was held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and was of such a standard that it offered general practitioners attending 9 category 2 RACGP points. It was sponsored by Pfizer, AbbVie, SciGen, Sanofi, Roche, MDA National and Amgen.

Arthritis SA Chief Executive Officer Julie Black said the conference was a milestone that Arthritis SA was well positioned to handle.

“Our health professional seminars, organised by our Health Services team exclusively for those with technical and treatment expertise, have always been very well received,” she said. “We have been praised and many have said they would like even more, as well as the opportunity to network on a bigger scale. Our conference should meet all these needs, and it complements one of Arthritis SA’s main roles as an educational leader in the field of arthritis.”