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The Tenth Annual AHPA Pre-course will be held at the Canadian Rheumatology Association/Arthritis Health Professions Association annual meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the JW Marriott parq Vancouver & the DOUGLAS, Vancouver, British Columbia


Contact Angelo Papachristos if you have any questions regarding the bursary.

There will be a limited number of travel bursaries, available to apply for, please read carefully the information below:

  • Applications for travel bursaries will open on December 8, 2017 at noon EST. Successful applicants will be notified by December 15th.
  • You MUST be an AHPA member in good standing for the 2018 membership year at the time of your application to apply for the travel bursary.  All applications for non-members will be rejected. 
  • Bursaries will be awarded on a criteria basis.  Criteria are as follows:

1. Receipt of prior bursary,
2. Involvement in rheumatology /arthritis care
3. Essay question (Why attending the pre-course would benefit you?) 
4. First come first serve. 

  • Priority will be given to those who have not received funding in the past.
  • Numbers are very limited.  A wait list will be maintained beyond the numbers available.  Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail
  • Registration for the Pre-course and the CRA meeting will be done through the CRA website. Note: this is separate from the pre-course bursary application process.  You still must register for the pre-course on the registration website.  Early bird deadline for the meeting closes January 5, 2018.  You may attend the pre-course if you register for it even if you have not received a bursary. 
  • You must send proof of CRA registration within 5 days of receiving bursary to
  • You must attend and complete the pre-course in order to receive your bursary. 

2018 AHPA Pre-course
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia

Please click here for a PDF copy of the AHPA Precourse Agenda

0700 – 0730  Registration/Breakfast

0730 – 0745  Welcome Remarks

                       Angelo Papachristos, Leslie Soever

0745 – 0845  Malignancy and Inflammation

                       Robert Rottapell

0845 – 0930  Young Adult Hip and Arthroscopy Indications

                       Danny Whelan

0930 – 1015  Neuromuscular Exercise:  What is it and What are the Implications for Arthritis                                                             Management?

                       Crystal MacKay

1015 – 1045  Break

1045 – 1130  Update on Biologics/Therapeutics

                       Peter Nash

1130 – 1215  On-Line Patient Education & Socialization: By, For and With Patients

                       Cheryl Koehn

1215 – 1300  Lunch and Networking

1300 – 1445  Who Do I Think You Are? Advancing Collegial Communication

                       Kerry Knickle & Nancy McNaughton

1445 – 1530  Medical Cannabis 101

                       Caroline MacCallum

1530 – 1535  Closing Remarks

                       Angelo Papachristos

AHPA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

AHPA Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 23, 2018 Time TBA during the 2018 Annual CRA Scientific Meeting and AHPA Annual Meeting.


The AHPA Board is a dynamic group of individuals, with national representation, all with a common interest in care provision, education, and research related to arthritis.  

We are currently accepting nominations for 6 positions on the AHPA Board of Directors.  Elections will be held at the AHPA Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 23, 2018 during the 2018 Annual CRA Scientific Meeting and AHPA Annual Meeting.

We are seeking individuals with an interest in the following Board responsibilities:
  • Sponsorship & Marketing Chair
  • Professional & Career Development Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Research Committee Chair
  • Member at Large Eastern Canada

Nominations form - coming soon

Proxy voting form- coming soon

Please complete the nomination form and email the required documents to the Member at Large Eastern Canada, Lynne Broderick,

AHPA and ARHP are collaborators!