Guidelines for Surveys of Membership

Approval is required to advertise surveys to the ARA Membership. The procedure for Surveys of the Membership can be found here.
Please advise:

  • What are the broad aims of the survey?
  • Why are you doing the survey i.e. is it a trainee research project?
  • The target audience ie rheumatologists, trainees, non-medical members?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • Does the study have ethics approval? If so, please supply the HREC committee and the relevant ethics approval.
  • Is it endorsed by a member of the ARA or one of its committees or groups?
  • The time period of the survey ie when does it finish?
  • If you are planning for the responses to be anonymised, then it is best not to include the postcode as one of the questions. Due to the small number of ARA members, inclusion of a postcode will likely allow identification even if names are not included within the survey response.

Please enclose a copy of the survey, the research protocol and ethics approval with your application and send to

Attitudes towards Older People among Rheumatologists in Australia

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We are keen to understand attitudes and factors which affect the communication between rheumatologists and older rheumatology patients. This is important for both effective clinical management and future research to improve communication. This is a short web based study about attitudes of rheumatologists in Australia towards older people/patients. There is a significant increase in the aging population and we believe it is very important to understand attitudes and unmet needs in this area.

This project is a collaboration between Professor Charles Inderjeeth, ARA Member and  Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Fatih Tufan and Dr Ayse Nur Tufan, Rheumatologist, Haseki Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

Your responses are anonymous and will remain strictly confidential.

Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis

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Researchers are undertaking a study to gain further information on how clinicians are currently managing polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). With the possibility of such a varied approach to treatment, a full understanding of current clinical practice is needed to give direction to future studies. This survey is being conducted on behalf of a GCA/PMR special interest group, made up of rheumatologists around Australia.

This study has ethics approval (CALHN, reference number HREC/17/TQEH/50). 

Your responses are anonymous and will remain strictly confidential. 

Questionnaire on psoriasis – Invitation to participate

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RACP Rheumatology Fellows are invited to complete this one-minute online questionnaire, in affiliation with the University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District, assessing clinician perspectives on psoriasis.

Your responses will be informative as to standard practices of care, which is important for establishing a collective approach to the management of these patients. We strongly encourage you to participate.

Your responses are anonymous and will remain strictly confidential. All information collected will be non-identifiable. Please submit the questionnaire only once. This research is conducted by Dr Annika Smith and Associate Professor Peter Wong. 

Are you a Rheumatologist who manages patients with pulmonary hypertension?

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Researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and University of New South Wales invite you to participate in an online survey to determine your attitude to exercise in patients with pulmonary hypertension.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Dr Karen Chia, Rehabilitation Physician ( The study has been approved by the St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney) Ethics Committee.  An information sheet is attached to the survey link for you to print and retain – if you wish. Completion and submission of the survey will indicate your consent to participate.