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The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) and The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are pleased to launch the Osteoarthritis Tool, designed to provide primary health care providers with key professional knowledge and skills necessary to effectively diagnose and facilitate the management of patients living with osteoarthritis (OA).  The AAC, CFPC and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) joined forces to develop the Osteoarthritis Tool, to help family physicians and other healthcare providers understand that Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, treatable, chronic illness by providing a tool that helps them:

  • identify, assess, and monitor OA
  • equip patients for high quality self-management
  • recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies
  • OA Tool English
  • OA Tool French

ORA-AHPA Liaison Committee Report

(AHPA Committee Members: Lynn Richards, Leslie Soever, Angelo Papachristos)

In 2016 the ORA and the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) formalized their collaborative relationship by establishing a Liaison Committee complete with Governing Principles to guide our joint ventures. There has been a long standing informal relationship between Rheumatologists and Allied Health Professionals in Ontario, and the committee aims to create and advance initiatives to support optimal patient care in Rheumatology. Models of Care (MOC) initiatives have now provided an evidence base, both quantitative and qualitative, of the positive impact of interdisciplinary approaches to patient care.

During the past year, the liaison committee focused on enabling AHPA participation and leadership at the ORA AGM. The AHPA organized and led a workshop on various MOC initiatives throughout Ontario. Not only was it well attended, but it also generated inspiring discussions for future directions and collaboration. Overall, twenty AHPA members attended the ORA AGM and we are working on increasing participation next year. We are appreciative that within its “One Ask Approach” the ORA leads fundraising activities to support AHPs attending the AGM.

In general, many patients are benefitting from the working relationships between Allied Health Professionals and Rheumatologists, and one of our goals is to promote further opportunities in this area. The committee is also cognizant of the need to enhance arthritis care in Northern communities and plans to explore opportunities for collaboration in this area. Finally, we are reviewing opportunities to advocate for funding models which promote interdisciplinary approaches to address the gaps and pressures in providing optimal arthritis care throughout the province.

Arthritis Society - Camp Cambria Registered Nurses

The Arthritis Society is recruiting for six (6) fully registered nurses to volunteer at Camp Cambria from August 19, 2018 - August 25, 2018 (inclusive) located at Camp Kodiak, 200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, ON P0G 1C0 (just north of Parry Sound).
Nurses will be required to stay on-site for the duration of the camp and will be responsible for the administration of medications and the general wellbeing of both the campers (children aged 8-17 years) and staff. Nurses will be required to be on duty each day and work rotating night shifts in conjunction with fellow nurses.

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Announcing Call for 2018 Arthritis Alliance of Canada Research Awards Applications

Dear Colleagues,

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) is pleased to launch the 3rd round of the Research Awards Program and announce the 2018Call for Applications”. The program was intended to nationally recognise high quality research by: (1) formally acknowledging the outstanding contributions of patient partners and scientists; (2) helping researchers in competing for and participating in national grants and programs in arthritis research; and (3) providing opportunities to highlight arthritis research via media releases.

This year, AAC will provide up to eight awards, valued at $750 CAD/award. Please note: an Early Career Researcher/Early Career Faculty Member/Investigator) award has now two sub-categories: 1) Basic science/Clinical Science; and 2) Health Science/Population Health):

1)     Masters Student

2)     PhD Student

3)     Post-doctoral Fellow

4)     Early Career Researcher (Early Career Faculty Member/Investigator) in: Basic/Clinical Science

5)     Early Career Researcher (Early Career Faculty Member/Investigator) in: Health Science/Population Health

6)     Knowledge Translation Research (all career levels)

7)     Knowledge Translation Practice (all career levels)

8)     Patient for Active Engagement in Arthritis Research

An overview of the AAC Research Awards Program, the accompanying application forms and criteria are available at:

Application Deadlines:

  • Complete applications must be received to AAC office: by Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (midnight ET), no exceptions.
  • Decisions will be announced Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at the AAC Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario.

Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance - Methotrexate Tools

CAPA has developed this resource to help you manage taking methotrexate, an important medication for people who live with different types of arthritis. This resource is based on information from a survey that CAPA conducted last year by asking people who live with arthritis about their own experiences taking methotrexate. 

AHPA and ARHP are collaborators!