Australian Rheumatology Association

Disease and Medication Information

The Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) and Arthritis Australia are pleased to provide the following patient information, for your easy access and downloading.

The development of the Medicine Information Sheets has been a collaborative effort between many members of the ARA in consultation with Arthritis Australia and Communicating for Health, Victoria.  Major credits must go to the past and present members of the ARA Therapeutics Committee for their efforts in delivering these most useful sheets to us.  They have recently been extensively revised using feedback from patients focus groups and new information. We would welcome any feedback on the sheets and where they could be improved for future updates.  Comments can be forwarded to the ARA Secretariat:

The Consumer Information Sheets posted below provide 'entry level' information on a range of conditions and management for people with arthritis.  The sheets were developed with the ARA, RACGP, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Australian Practice Nurses Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australian General Practice Network and consumers with funding support from the Australian Government.

Medicine Information Sheets

Please Note:

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAID)and Cardiovascular (CV) Risk Australian Rheumatology Association Statement for Consumers - October 2010

Consumer Information Sheets
The current versions of the information sheets noted below are available via the Arthritis Australia website at the following direct link.

Multicultural versions are available in the following languages: Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Persian, Spanish, Vietnamese.

"Condition Specific"

"General Management"

"General Management JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis"


Cochrane Musculoskeletal Reviews

Disease Activity Scores
ARA Rheumatoid Arthritis Quality Indicators


Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD)

If you would like to be part of the Australian Rheumatology Association Database, a national registry established to collect health information from all Australian patients with arthritis, please visit for more information and download our Expression of Interest form at

ARAD is continuing to enrol people with inflammatory arthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Juvenile arthritis and Psoriatic arthritis.

JIA ((juvenile idiopathic arthritis)
Developed by the national Australian Paediatric Rheumatology Group (APRG) group and  reviewed by Arthritis Australia.

(Page updated November 2016)