Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine recommended for people who are severely immunocompromised

Posted on October 18th, 2021

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been recommended for people who are severely immunocompromised. The recommendation comes from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunsations (ATAGI), which advises the Australian Government on immunisations. Because scleroderma is a condition that affects immunity, scleroderma patients may be among those who are eligible to get the third

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Scleroderma Support Groups

Posted on July 20th, 2021

Our Scleroderma support groups are invaluable to many of our Scleroderma Victoria members. But if you’ve never been to a support group before, you might be wondering what actually goes on in one. In this Q&A, we answer some common questions about Scleroderma support groups to help you decide whether you want to join. What

Skin, Hands & Raynaud’s: Take-aways from the Virtual Education Sessions

Posted on April 26th, 2021

Our Virtual Education Sessions are a great way to get support with the day-to-day of scleroderma and to connect with us here at Scleroderma Victoria. Always insightful, these sessions run on the second Saturday of every month. In October, we discussed skin, hands, and Raynaud’s phenomenon. In case you missed it, or just need a

Join us at the Shine Bright Gala and Help Raise Money for Scleroderma Research

Posted on August 6th, 2021

The long-anticipated Shine Bright Gala – a fabulous dinner ball to raise money for the Harrison Pennicott PhD Scholarship – is almost here. Don’t miss the fun with a night of delicious food, free-flowing drinks, and more. The event is inspired by Harrison Pennicott – a beloved Scleroderma Victoria ambassador – and is organised by

Raising awareness of autoimmune diseases

Posted on March 19th, 2021

March is Autoimmune Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate people about autoimmune diseases. To help raise awareness, we take a look at autoimmune diseases, why they occur, available treatments, and some lifestyle suggestions for managing symptoms. Top facts The general public knows relatively little about autoimmune diseases. A few facts that awareness month is trying

Keeping our community COVID safe

Posted on February 19th, 2021

While online platforms such as Zoom have been fantastic tools for keeping in touch this past year, nothing compares to face to face interaction. As we anticipate the return of in-person support groups for Scleroderma Victoria, we need to ensure that volunteers and attendees follow our COVID Safe Plan. Here’s the step-by-step process for your

From the ground up, we support you

Posted on January 18th, 2021

People often ask, ‘what’s the difference between Scleroderma Australia and Scleroderma Victoria?’ Although virtually the same organisation, there are some key differences. Let’s take a look at them to clear up any confusion. Advocacy and awareness Scleroderma Australia takes a national role in raising awareness and advocating for people living with scleroderma. Consisting of delegates