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ECHO Ontario Rheumatology

ECHO supports healthcare providers to care for their patients with complex conditions

It connects healthcare providers from across Ontario with each other and with an inter-professional specialist teams for interactive learning. The 90 minute weekly online videoconferencing sessions include a short didactic presentation and de-identified patient cases presentations by participants.

The sessions are open to all health care providers in Ontario, CME accredited and are offered at no cost (fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care). 

For more information, click here.

Or go to our website: rheumatology/

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.

Announcing Call for Applications for 2019 Arthritis Alliance of Canada Research Awards

Dear Colleagues,

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) is pleased to launch the 4th round of the Research Awards Program and announce the 2019Call for Applications”. The program aims to recognize high-quality research nationally by: (1) formally acknowledging the outstanding contributions of scientists and patient partners; (2) helping researchers compete for and participate in national grants and programs in arthritis research, and (3) providing opportunities to highlight arthritis research in communications.

This year, AAC will provide up to eight awards, valued at $750 CAD/award.

Master’s Student

  1. PhD Student
  2. Post-doctoral Fellow
  3. Early Career Researcher (Early Career Faculty Member/Investigator) in: Basic/Clinical Science
  4. Early Career Researcher (Early Career Faculty Member/Investigator) in: Health Science/Population Health
  5. Knowledge Translation Research (all career levels)
  6. Knowledge Translation Practice (all career levels)
  7. Patient for Active Engagement in Arthritis Research

An Overview of the AAC Research Awards Program (in English and French) and accompanying application forms are attached in this email and available here.

Application Deadlines:

  • Complete applicationsmust be submitted to the AAC office: by Friday, May 31st, 2019 (midnight EST), no exceptions.
  • Notification process: applicants will be notified on the results of the award program via email on Friday, November 1st, 2019. Awards will be presented to the recipients on Friday, November 29th, 2019 at the AAC Annual Meeting Special Award Ceremony in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Travel and accommodation will be arranged for the award recipients to attend the event, the costs will be covered by the AAC.

Click links below for Arthritis Society Job Postings

Volunteer Camp Cambria Nurse

Therapist, Burlington

Therapist,Thunder Bay

The Canadian Spondylitis Association (CSA) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to be the leader in Canada providing support, education and advocacy for the spondyloarthritis patient community, including diagnosed patients, their loved ones and healthcare professionals. We are the only organization in Canada focused on Spondyloarthritis.

In 2019, we will continue to build on our 2018 successes in growing the capacity and capabilities of our organization leveraging existing partnerships and developing and fostering new alliances to better support the SpA community across Canada.

We have recently updated our Ankylosing Spondylitis Guidebook and developed a new guidebook on Psoriatic Arthritis. The resources can be downloaded . To order copies for your practice or clinic, please email

AHPA and ARP are collaborators!