Mr Ric Forlano, Executive Director of Arthritis Western Australia opened proceedings,
welcoming a full room of attendees. He spoke about the work Suzie has done with
Arthritis WA since being diagnosed with RA in 2003.
Ainslie Cahill, Chief Executive Officer of Arthritis Australia then spoke about Suzie's
passion and commitment to arthritis and the importance of this book to fill a significant
gap in arthritis information available to health consumers and their families and
Suzie then gave a moving speech about why she wrote the book, how its publication
fits into a wider discussion around Australia about women, families and arthritis
and what she hopes the book will achieve.
Suzie, Ainslie and Ric then joined over 60 people (including 12 delightful children)
for morning tea and book signing. Suzie would like to thank Ric Forlano, Jen Kelly,
Ainslie Cahill, Caroline Wright and Michelle Gardi McGregor for helping make the
event so successful.
Arthritis, pregnancy and the path to parenthood was launched on 21 March 2010, the
first day of National Arthritis Awareness Week, at Arthritis Western Australia (WA).
MAY 2010 - SUZIE PRESENTS AT THE ARTHRITIS VICTORIA CONSUMER FORUM
Suzie was invited to present at the Arthritis Victoria consumer forum on muscles,
bones and joints in Melbourne on Saturday 22 May 2010. The forum brought together
experts to talk about current treatment options, research and future trends for managing
musculoskeletal conditions, with breakout sessions on inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia,
osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pain and fatigue management. Suzie joined with Dr Melinda
Wong, Rheumatologist, to present the session on pregnancy and parenthood.
Dr Wong spoke about the important medical aspects of coming off medication to safely
become pregnant as well as treating arthritis during pregnancy and the safety of
medications while breastfeeding. Suzie then shared her personal experience of two
pregnancies as well some of the experiences of other women (as outlined in her book).
She discussed some of the themes from Arthritis, pregnancy and the path to parenthood
and finally answered a range of questions from attendees.
The session was well attended and feedback from the group showed that attendees appreciated
the information that was shared by both Dr Wong and Suzie.
Suzie would like to thank Ainslie Cahill, CEO of Arthritis Australia and Geraldine
McDonald and her colleagues of Arthritis Victoria for making this trip to Melbourne
possible. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the dedicated staff of Arthritis
Victoria and to share the benefits of this new book with health consumers.
Suzie and Geraldine McDonald from Arthritis Victoria