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AHPA Pre-course
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

Montreal, Quebec 

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Room: Centre-Ville

Click here for AHPA Precourse Agenda PDF

0700 – 0730                            Registration/Breakfast

0730 – 0745                            Welcome Remarks Angelo Papachristos, Susan MacQueen

0745 – 0845                            Lupus and Scleroderma - Fantastic diseases and how to manage them in 2019

                                                Paul Fortin

0845 – 0930                            Dermatomyositis Across the Age Continuum: Paediatrics to Adults

                                                Ophir Vinik

0930 – 1015                            Shoulder Arthroplasty: Indications, Outcomes, and Other Clinical Tips

                                                Christian Veillette

1015 – 1045                            Break

1045 – 1115                            Pregnancy and Parenting with Arthritis: Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance Resource              

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                                                Laurie Proulx

1130 – 1215                            Pain Management in Rheumatology Click here for PDF

                                               Mandy McGlynn

1215 – 1300                            Lunch and Networking

1300 – 1345                            Advances in What we Know About Osteoarthritis

                                                Tom Appleton

1345 – 1415                            Exercise is Medicine: A Participatory Learning Experience Click for PDF

                                                Karen Gordon

1415 – 1500                            Vaccinations in the Context of Autoimmunity  Click here for PDF

                                                Medha Soowamber

1500 – 1515                           Family Feud

1515-1530                               Closing Remarks Angelo Papachristos

2019 AHPA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting of the Arthritis Health Professions Association will be held on Friday March 1, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, 900 boulevard Rene Levesque Ouest, Montreal, QC H3B 4A5. Room Av. Duluth


All members of AHPA are encouraged to participate in this meeting.

If members are unable to attend and wish to participate in the election of the Board of Directors, they must complete the proxy voting form. 

AGM Documents will be available in February 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 4 positions on the AHPA Board of Directors.  Elections will be held at the AHPA Annual General Meeting in Montreal, Quebec on 01 March, 2019 during the 2019 Annual CRA Scientific Meeting and AHPA Annual Meeting.

We are seeking individuals with an interest in the following Board responsibilities:

  • President Elect
  • Communications Committee Chair
  • Membership Committee Chair
  • Member at Large Western Canada

If you are interested, please click here for position descriptions

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

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,

AHPA Board Planning Meeting - New & Returning Board Members

March 1, 2019


The Eleventh Annual AHPA Pre-course will be held at the Canadian Rheumatology Association/Arthritis Health Professions Association annual meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, Quebec.

Bursary application closed.


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 3, 2018 at noon EST. Successful applicants will be notified by December 14th.
  • You MUST be an AHPA member in good standing for the 2019 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,
  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 10, 2019.  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 the entire pre-course in order to receive your bursary. 

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

AHPA Poster Presentations

Poster 25: Using Physical Activity Wearables in Self-Management from the D3:D11Perspectives of Persons Living with Arthritis: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis – Laura Passalent

Poster 29: Direct Referral from Emergency Department to Outpatient Interprofessional Arthritis Program Expedites Effective Inflammatory Arthritis Treatment – Jenny Leese

Poster 31: User Experience with Methotrexate in Managing Inflammatory Arthritis Under the Support of an Interprofessional Arthritis Care Team (UMTX Study) – Diane Tin

Poster 59: A Quality Improvement Project Assessing the Impact of a Pharmacist Led, Pre-initiation Patient Consultation for Advanced Therapy in Inflammatory Arthritis – Diane Tin

Poster 129: Neuromuscular Activation Differences during Gait in Patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Healthy Subjects – Carolyn Whiskin

Poster 135: Does Positive Latent TB Testing Delay Biologic Start? A Retrospective Chart Review. – Shawn Robbins

Poster 136: Comparison of Female Sexual Function Index in Patients with Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis and Healthy Controls – Denise Boone

Poster 167: Identifying Factors Associated with Participation in School and Work-Related Activities among Young People and Adults with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). – Denise Boone

Poster 189: Measuring Advanced/Extended Practice Roles in Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Care in Canada: Stand Up and be Counted Too (2)! – Katie Lundon

Poster 204: Knitting for Older Women with Osteoarthritis of the Hands: A Community-based Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial – Lucie Brosseau

Poster 206: Osteoporosis Screening and Management in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis – Alexandra Charlton

Poster 227: Converting FACIT Fatigue to PROMIS Fatigue Scores: Results from Two Phase 3 Baricitinib Rheumatoid Arthritis Trials – Susan Bartlett

Poster 228: Lifestyle and No MTX are the Strongest Predictors for Failing to Reach Remission in the First Year of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results from the Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort (CATCH) – Susan Bartlett

AHPA and ARHP are collaborators!