Join the ARA

Benefits of Membership

ARA membership offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Networking with colleagues and others working in the areas of Rheumatology
  • Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships
  • A Members Area with exclusive content for members only
  • ASM discounts
  • Other participation opportunities

For more information about membership benefits, click here.

Membership Categories

ARA has the following categories for membership.

Full Members, being persons who are:

  • medical practitioners with appropriate training in rheumatology as defined by AHPRA as a rheumatology specialist
  • senior scientists with a major commitment to research in the field of rheumatic diseases, who are invited by the Board to become Full Members;

Associate Members, whose work as medical practitioners is related to rheumatic diseases such as Rheumatology Advanced Trainees.

Healthcare Professional (Non-Medical) Members, those who work in the field of rheumatology such as exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, researchers, rheumatology nurses.


Membership fees vary dependent on the state you live in. For the full list of fees, click here.

Membership Process

Membership applications are submitted initially to the ARA Secretariat, after which they are forwarded to the relevant State Honorary Secretary for consideration at Branch level. Applications approved at State Branch level will be tabled at ARA Board meetings and Annual General Meetings for ratification.

To apply for membership you must have a proposer and a seconder, both of whom must be a financial Full member of the ARA at the time of application. They must also both be members of your nominated state branch.

When you submit your application, you will be required to agree to be bound by the ARA Constitution, as well as its adopted codes, policies and procedures.

How to Apply

The Apply to Join Now!  buttons on this page will take you to the application form.

This form is for Full, Associate or Non-Medical member applications only.  If you wish to apply for international membership, or if you have any other membership application queries, please contact the ARA Secretariat directly 

Prior to commencing your application ensure you have ready :

  • The name of your proposer.
  • The name of your seconder.
  • A copy of your CV in Word or pdf.