A/Prof Östör MD, MA, MB BS, FRACP, FRCP, FRCP (Edin), is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Cabrini Medical Centre and Principle Investigator at Emeritus Research, Melbourne.

Australia has a strong regulatory system for all medicines

Australia has a strong regulatory system that ensures the safety, effectiveness and quality of all medicines, including biological medicines.

Biosimilar medicines are used to treat the same diseases in the same way

A biosimilar medicine is a highly similar version of an original brand of a biological medicine, brought to market by a different manufacturer once the patent on the original brand expires.


Prof Bird has over twenty years’ experience in treating rheumatic disease, with particular expertise in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.