BREAKING THE BARRIERS
A NEW HORIZON
AUSTRALIA'S FIRST-EVER SICKLE CELL DISEASE CONFERENCE
SAVE THE DAY!!!
17th and 18th SEPT 2021
A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
About the ASCA Conference
Empathy

Theme: Breaking Barriers – A New Horizon

In recent years, Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) which is still considered as a rare disease, has steadily been increasing in Australia. It is affecting a lot of people but unfortunately, Australia does not have a complete surveillance database to determine the exact numbers.

The Conference will highlight the significance of talking as way to break the barrier of stigma attached to living with sickle cell disease. This will highlight the importance of mental health services for both patients and caregivers. Individuals with rare diseases are at higher risk of depression and anxiety. Physical and mental health cannot be treated as separate issues. Having a mental disorder in addition to a physical disease effects patients quality of life and can even decrease life expectancy. Numerous studies have linked the work of family caregivers to depression, anxiety and stress. The conference will provide mental health resources for patients and caregivers. Mental health experts will be included as guest speakers for the conference.

Australian Sickle Cell Advocacy Inc (ASCA)  brings you this conference to provide mental health resources to patients/caretakers, highlight screening & treatment, advocate for a national surveillance database, and raise awareness to all stakeholders. Join us for a two day event of virtual interaction as we continue to change the face of sickle cell disease in Australia. Click on the photo / link below for the full program.