In Brief


‘Steroid phobia’ in childhood ezcema

In response to ‘steroid phobia’ and underuse of topical corticosteroids in treating childhood asthma, the Australasian College of Dermatologists has released a new position statement: Topical corticosteroids in paediatric eczema. Steroid phobia leads to extended and unnecessary exacerbations of eczema for children. 

Topical corticosteroids in combination with regular emolients are the mainstay of managing active atopic eczema and the recommendation to ‘use sparingly’ is highlighted as having no value. Use enough cream to cover the effected area, and treat for as long as it is needed. The position statement is online ( 

National women's health survey

Jean Hailes is asking women of all ages in Australia to complete a short anonymous online survey ( The survey covers health issues including body image, mental health, sex, relationships and weight. 
Results will be used in materials for health professionals, government and women.