Clinical Care Standards

Clinical Care Standards are a suite of concise statements outlining the level of care patients should expect for a particular clinical condition or pathway, grounded in the latest evidence.

Standards relevant to rheumatology have been developed by the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (Commission). Links to relevant rheumatology standards can be found below. 


ARA Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Care Standard

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Care Standard helps people with rheumatoid arthritis to know what care to expect and to make informed decisions about treatment in collaboration with their healthcare professional.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Care Standard for Consumers


Standard of Care for children and young people with Juvenille Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common, chronic, rheumatic disease of childhood, affecting 1-2 per 1000 children below the age of 16 years. It is an aggressive inflammatory process in which the immune system attacks joints and in some cases other organs, especially the eyes.

In 2023, the Australian Paediatric Rheumatology Group (APRG) with the support of the ARA, commenced updating the Standard of Care (SOC) for JIA. Acknowledging that the Australian SoC for JIA has not been updated since 2014, this project was imperative to align national standards with the latest evidence and international best practices.

This process involved the invaluable participation of healthcare workers across various disciplines and consumers with firsthand experience of these conditions, reinforcing the standards with real-world relevance. 


Juvenille Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Standard of Care - Coming soon 

Juvenille Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Consumer care guide

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Clinical Care Standards

The Commission (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care) have produced Clinical Care Standards on a range of rheumatology topics including:

For more infomation on the Commission's Clinical Care standards, click here.