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2018 AHPA Pre-course
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Fairview Rooms III/IV/V
Vancouver, British Columbia

Click here for AHPA Precourse PDF

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

                      Parth Lodhia

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


Deciding Whether to Raise a Concern

Attribution theory

Conflict take home points

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 12:30-14:00 
Location: PARQ GRAND BALLROOM SALON AB  during the 2018 Annual CRA Scientific Meeting and AHPA Annual Meeting.

AGM Documents are available for review once members sign in and view the home page of the website.


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 - click here

Proxy voting form- click here

Position descriptions - click here

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


2018 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting


JW Marriott parq Vancouver & The Douglas

Vancouver, British Columbia

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


AHPA Meet & Greet Location: FAIRVIEW ROOMS IV/V

Wednesday, February 21, 2018



Thursday, February 22, 2018


AHPA Workshop #1 Location:  CAMBIE ROOM

Can Therapists with Advanced Rheumatology Training Identify Inflammatory Arthritis and Improve Access to Care? The Allied Health Rheumatology Triage Project – Sydney Brooks


Poster Session #1-132 Kitsilano Ballroom  

* AHPA poster numbers on website

Friday, February 23, 2018


Podium Presentation Location: PARQ GRAND BALLROOM

A Pragmatic Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the OA Go Away, a Symptom and Exercise Tracking Self-Management Behavioural Intervention for Promoting Adherence to Physical Activity Among Individuals with OA of the Hip or Knee – Gail Paterson


AHPA Workshop Session #2 Location: STANLEY ROOM

Working Together to Predict and Prevent Osteoporosis and Fragility Fractures  - Gwen Ellert & Alan Low


AHPA Annual General Meeting & Awards Presentation

Location:PARQ GRAND BALLROOM SALON AB  (Please note room change)

Lunch will be served  ** All AHPA members are encouraged to attend

Saturday, February 24, 2018


AHPA Board Planning Meeting Location: PARQ SALON A/B

** Board of Directors only



AHPA Workshop #3 Location: STANLEY ROOM

Practical Insights from Patients and Clinicians Towards ’Seamless’ Healthcare – Laura Nimmon & Shanon McQuitty


Please click here for PDF of AHPA Events

AHPA Poster Presentations

Poster 166 Lucie Brosseau  The French Canadian Translation of the OA Go Away Tool

Poster 199 Chandra Farrer  Improving Access to Rheumatologic Follow Up: A Quality Improvement Initiative

Poster 53 Marie Westby  Patients’ Resource Preferences for a Knowledge Translation Toolkit for Hip and Knee Replacement Rehabilitation

Poster 169 Anastasia Dropol  Celebrating Ability: Structured Art Workshops as a Therapeutic Coping Strategy for Patients with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Poster 95 Susan Bartlett    Does Guideline-Based Care Improve Outcomes That Matter to Canadian Patients? Tighter Control, Less Suffering, and Greater Well-Being over the Past Decade in CATCH RA Patients

Poster 210 Tokiko Hamasaki   Efficacy of Treatments for Pain Associated with Trapeziometacarpal (Thumb Base) Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review (Part 1 Conservative Interventions)

Poster 87 Rashmi Mandhane  A Multidisciplinary Rheumatoid Arthritis Group Class Results in Improved Patients’ Self-Efficacy

Poster 4 Raquel Sweezie  Evaluation of the Early Inflammatory Arthritis Detection Tool as an Aid in Triaging Patients with Possible Inflammatory Arthritis

Poster 185 Katie Lundon  Measuring the ACPAC Program Trained Extended Role Practitioner (ERP) Workforce in Canada: A Profile of Practice Settings, Roles and Participation in Models of Arthritis Care in Canada

Poster 168 Anastasia Dropol   Treatment strategies in pediatric primary angiitis of the central nervous system: a systematic review

Poster 186 Clayon Hamilton    Development of the Patient Engagement In Research Scale

Poster 29 Karine Toupin-April   First Steps in Developing a Novel Decision Support Intervention for Pain Management Options in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Poster 146 Jenny Leese   Partnering in Research: Maximizing Benefits & Minimizing Risks in Patient-Researcher Relationships

Poster 24 Katherine Wright   Do inflammatory arthritis inpatients receiving group music therapy improve pain compared to music listening over the 6 weeks using a randomised controlled open-label trial?: “One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain”

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. 

AHPA and ARHP are collaborators!