About Us

What is Vitiligo Association of Australia?

Vitiligo Association of Australia was founded in September 2010, for patient support, education and promoting research in vitiligo across Australia. Any person with vitiligo, a family member, a friend, a clinician, a scientist, an allied medical professional, a philanthropist or any person interested in vitiligo, can join the Non-Profit Patient Support Group 'Vitiligo Association of Australia'. The members also have the added advantage of benefiting from international links and information resources through the World Alliance of Vitiligo Support (WAVS).

The main objectives of the VAA include:
  • Educate and support patients and families with vitiligo in Australia
  • Promote research to improve understanding of pathophysiology, improve treatments and patient care in vitiligo
  • Minimize /eliminate social stigmas
  • Increase public awareness
  • To have international collaborations in vitiligo research and services
  • Represent Australia at international forums on vitiligo
  • Assist /advocate in health policy planning / Medicare planning for services for vitiligo patients
  • The executive who were elected include:

    President: Dr Prasad Kumarasinghe -WA
    Secretary: Dr Benjamin Daniel-NSW
    Treasurer : Ms Lisa Brown- WA

    A committee was formed to oversee the association. This committee consists of doctors, allied health, patients and members from most states of Australia.

    Prof Dedee Murrell (NSW)
    Dr Richard Wittal (NSW)
    Dr Monisha Gupta (NSW)
    Ms Tanya Tyler (NSW)
    Dr Jason Wu (QLD)
    Dr Shobhan Manoharan (QLD)
    Dr Adrian Mar (VIC)
    Dr Douglas Gin (VIC)
    Dr Julie Wesley (SA)
    Ms Yalda Manafi (WA)