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17th Jul


ARA/RHPA conference in Adelaide

The RHPA held their first multi-disciplinary workshop immediately prior to the annual ARA/RHPA conference in Adelaide recently. The day was chaired by myself as President of the RHPA and Alicia Pridmore as President of the New Zealand Health Professionals in Rheumatology. Topics included the psychological impact of disease, utilising information technology in our practice, patterns of alcohol and illicit drug use in Australia and motor imagery in chronic pain.

It was very well attended and feedback was excellent so we plan on running it again next year in Darwin.  This is only available for RHPA members.

Emma Bavage, Janet Millner, Sarah Comensoli and Kelly HollisIt was a great start to another successful conference. As usual, there were some good combined sessions which this year focussed on exercise as medicine and the management of chronic pain. The interdisciplinary case study session was popular and featured some very interesting cases emphasising the important role the health professional plays in the management of the patient with a rheumatological condition.

The RHPA free paper session was again well attended and highlighted some fantastic projects being conducted around Australia. In fact, so good that there were joint winners this year:

  • Andrew Briggs for his paper on ‘Hospitalisations and direct costs related to osteoporotic fractures and risk of fracture-related re-admissions in Western Australia: a 10 year review using the linked WA Hospital Morbidity Data System.’
  • Verity Pacey for her paper on ‘Factors affecting change in children with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome: Results of a prospective longitudinal study.’

Best RHPA poster was won this year by Claire O’Neill for her project looking at ‘Contraceptive use in women with rheumatologic disease taking disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.’

We were also able to announce the first recipient of the RHPA travel scholarship. This was awarded to Kelly Hollis, rheumatology nurse from Brisbane – to attend this conference.  If you are interested in applying, more information can be found here.

Work is now underway for next years conference in Darwin – we look forward to seeing you there.

Linda Bradbury
RHPA President

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