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“The ARA supports and educates members and other
practitioners in the
musculoskeletal field to enable provision of best possible management for
patients. It fosters excellence in the diagnosis and management of
musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions through training, professional
development, research and advocacy."
(1) Services and infrastructure. To
ensure provision of appropriate and
relevant services to members by defining ongoing needs and developing services and infrastructure in line with those needs.
(2) Workforce and trainee development.
To ensure undergraduate
rheumatology training meets the ongoing professional and community needs through workforce evaluation, trainee recruitment and curriculum development.
(3) Professional development and practice standards.
To support members
in maintaining professional competencies by supporting availability and accessibility of relevant continuing education and by establishing practice standards in the area of musculoskeletal medicine.
(4) Collaboration and partnerships.
To foster a culture of collaboration
with other specialties, health professionals and consumers, and to actively seek opportunities for partnership development across the activities of the organisation.
(5) Advocacy. To advocate on behalf
of members, patients and the general
community in order to support quality and equitable provision of musculoskeletal services.
(6) Profile. To ensure the speciality
of rheumatology achieves
recognition and influence in the general community, amongst the medical profession and within government circles.
(7) Research. To facilitate high quality
and relevant research in the
field of rheumatology by expanding opportunities for member involvement, exploring opportunities for collaboration with other professional groups and taking a leadership role with respect to pharmaceutical industry research.
(8) Resources. To generate resources
to maintain and expand association
activities and utilise these resources to the optimal benefit of association members, the profession and the community.
To improve the communication pathway within the Association, the Review Committee established following the May 2003 ARA Council meeting, has prepared a Communication Matrix which schematically represents the lines of communication within the ARA. The focus of this communication matrix is the individual Rheumatologist. The matrix highlights emphasis on the preferred avenue of communication for the individual Rheumatologist via their State Committee and ARA State Councillors - highlighted on this diagram by a solid thick coloured line. Issues are then directed from State Councillors, State Committees to Executive, ARA Committees, through to Council. However, there will always be the facility for members to take issues directly to the ARA Executive.
Australian Capital Territory
A/Professor Kathleen Tymms
Dr Malcolm Turner
Dr Paul Kubler
Dr David Careless
Dr Robert Van Den Berg
Dr Anita Lee
Dr Melinda Wong
A/Professor Russell Buchanan
Dr Sabina Ciciriello
Dr Alberta Hoi
Dr Marie Feletar
Dr Margaret Mazur
Dr Antonia Cole
Australian Capital Territory
Secretary: Dr Anna Dorai Raj
President: Professor Eric Morand
Secretary: Dr Sabina Ciciriello
Treasurer: Dr Tony Kostos
Secretary: Dr Malcolm Turner
President: Dr Anita Lee
Secretary: Dr Fiona Goldblatt
Treasurer: Dr Peter Penglis
President: Dr Claire Barrett
Secretary/Treasurer: Dr Phillip Vecchio
Secretary: Dr Graeme Carroll
Treasurer: Dr Tafere Berhane
Page Updated 22nd April 2013