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25th Oct


Arthritis Australia launch ‘Rheumatology Nurses: Adding Value to Arthritis Care’

On Tuesday 17th October, the Hon Greg Hunt MP (Minister for Health) officially launched the project commissioned by Arthritis Australia ‘Rheumatology Nurses: Adding Value to Arthritis Care’ at a parliamentary breakfast at Parliament House, Canberra. Minister Hunt also announced the commitment to a National Arthritis Strategy which is an exciting step forward.

Other attendees included the Hon Ken Wyatt (Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health), Nola Marino MP, Senator Carol Brown, Senator Rachel Siewart, Senator Claire Moore, Senator Anthony Chisholm, Maria Vamvakinou MP and Tony Zappia MP.  The event was a great success, with members of the consumer board, department of health representatives as well as pharmaceutical representatives also present.

After an introduction from Ainslie Cahill (CEO Arthritis Australia), and the official launch by Minister Hunt, A/Prof Susanna Proudman (rheumatologist and medical director for Arthritis Australia) gave an overview of the results of the project.  Max Stoneman (AS patient) then gave a fantastic presentation on the value of rheumatology nurses which was extremely well received.

Photograph courtesy of Arthritis Australia; from left to right: Max Stoneman (consumer), Linda Bradbury (RHPA president), Patrick McHarg (consumer) the Hon Greg Hunt MP (Minister for Health)

As president of the RHPA and also a rheumatology nurse, I was able to talk to people from a personal level as well as represent rheumatology nurses around the country.  There was a lot of media interest and I was interviewed by ABC Brisbane and ABC Radio North West – the ABC Brisbane news report can be seen here:

Susanna and I were also interviewed live on Fran Kelly’s Radio National breakfast show – click here to listen:

So, exciting times for rheumatology nurses – watch this space for the next step……

The full report can be viewed here

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