Position Statements and other Clinical Recommendations

COVID-19

Download : Australian clinician guide for the use of immunomodulatory drugs in autoimmune rheumatic diseases at the time of COVID-19 vaccination.

Advice for GPs and other Health Professionals caring for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, SLE and other autoimmune diseases in the COVID-19 crisis. 
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Download the THANZ Multidisciplinary VITT Guideline for Doctors
A severe prothrombotic syndrome associated with thrombocytopenia has been described in a small number of patients exposed to the COVID-19 AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. This syndrome is currently being called several names: VITT (vaccine-induced immune thrombotic syndrome), TTS (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome), and VIPIT (vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia). For the purposes of this Thrombosis & Haemostasis society of Australia New Zealand (THANZ) Multidisciplinary guideline, the term VITT will be used. It has been observed in early reported cases that platelet transfusions and administration of heparin may lead to progressive thrombosis.

 

 

Vaccinations

 

Arthritis Australia Giant Cell Arteritis Information Sheet

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Rheumatoid arthritis: getting the facts straight about methotrexate

Dr Mona Marabani leads an interdisciplinary discussion about why early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for improved health outcomes for people with rheumatoid arthritis, and how good communication and collaborative care can help patients get the most out of methotrexate treatment.  For CPD certification, click on the link below.

https://learn.nps.org.au/course/view.php?id=540

 

ARA and Arthritis Australia Statement regarding the use of glucosamine for the treatment of Osteoarthritis

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Position Statements

 

AOA/ARA Position Statement on stem cell therapy.
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ARA Position Statement on the introduction of biosimilars for the treatment of rheumatic diseases.
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ARA Position Statement on the use of medicinal cannabis for musculoskeletal pain.
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Guidelines on Biological Agents and Small Molecule Medications for the Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases
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Low Dose Once-weekly Methotrexate Information

Supporting safe practices for low-dose methotrexate: CATAG Position Statement on the use of low-dose methotrexate
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Guidance on the Management of low dose Methotrexate in Hospitals and other Health Care Facilities
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Guidance on Self-Injecting Methotrexate for the Treatment of Arthritis
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Self-injecting methotrexate
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Pregnancy Prescribing Information

Medications and Pregnancy- Rheumatoid Arthritis. Information for women and men with rheumatoid arthritis thinking about starting a family.
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Prescriber’s information on Medications for Rheumatic Diseases in Pregnancy¬†
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Fertility Preservation Guidelines

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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Updated RACGP Guideline for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis (Second Edition)
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Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard May 2017
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Screening for LTBI and its management in inflammatory arthritis patients

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Telehealth Information

Download Australian Rheumatology Assocation Guide to Telehealth