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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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Arthritis Society - St Catharines Physiotherapist Posting

St Catharines Job Posting

The ORADE Committee is now accepting applications!

Educational grants will now be available to ORA members and licensed AHPs working in a rheumatology setting to attend ANY international scientific rheumatology meeting or course. Here is how the grants will be allocated:

International Scientific Meetings:
- 4 rheumatologists and 1 AHP to attend ANY international scientific meeting. Successful candidates to receive up to $5,000 CDN each

International Rheumatology-Related Course:
- 4 rheumatologists and 1 AHP to attend ANY International rheumatology-related course. Successful candidates to receive up to $2,500 CDN each

Successful candidates are encouraged to attend conferences or courses that are of interest and professional value to them. Previous grant recipients cannot reapply until 2 years have elapsed since attending an ORADE sponsored conference. A short summary report is requested upon completion of the course. We look forward to learning and sharing knowledge with you and from you!

Applications are being accepted NOW! Please make use of the following links:

ORADE Application Forms
ORADE Travel Guidelines

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 31, 2018. If more than 1 application to attend the same event is received, each application will be adjudicated anonymously by the ORADE judging committee. We encourage everyone to act quickly in order to secure a grant.

AHPA and ARHP are collaborators!