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The Association

The Australian Rheumatology Health Professionals Association (RHPA) was formed in 1983 to provide a representative body for health professionals interested in working with people with rheumatic diseases.

A three member executive committee is voted into office b-annually and is supported by state and territory representatives. These representatives are responsible for:

  • Fostering an interest in rheumatology amongst health professionals within their state/territory
  • Promoting the RHPA and membershiprecruitment
  • Facilitating educational opportunities withineach state/territory

Affiliation with the ARA The RHPA is affiliated with the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA). The ARA at is linked to the RHPA website. The ARA provide support through the ARA/RHPA Annual Scientific meeting and through the distribution of the newsletter.

The Newsletter

The ARA newsletter, which includes RHPA news is distributed to our members four times a year. This includes RHPA news from the executive, state/territory representatives and members.


The RHPA provides a valuable source of education for health care professionals who work
with people who have rheumatic diseases. Seminars and workshops are held at a state level. These are coordinated by RHPA state and territory representatives and in association with the Arthritis Foundations in each state.

The National ARA/RHPA Annual Scientific Meeting, which is held in May each year is significantly discounted for RHPA members. It provides scientific and clinical sessions that are of an international standard.

For more information please view the RHPA Information Brochure.