Surveys of the Membership

Approval is required to advertise surveys to the ARA Membership.  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?
• 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


Member survey for RA Guidelines

Dear Members
The ARA is working with the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network to develop a set of Australian guidelines for the management of rheumatoid arthritis. These will be ‘living’ guidelines, in which individual recommendations are updated in near real-time as new evidence emerges. This is a novel and exciting project, and the goal is to create guidelines that are dynamic, relevant and useful. In order to identify the topics of most importance to potential users of this guideline, we invite all ARA members to participate in a prioritisation exercise.
The prioritisation process will involve two separate online surveys. In this, the first round, we ask you to nominate at least 3 questions that you think ought to be addressed in a guideline for the pharmacological management of rheumatoid arthritis. The next round will occur in the near future and will ask participants to help rank the aggregated results of the current survey.
The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous. If you have any questions or concerns related to the survey, please contact Dr Sam Whittle (
We strongly encourage all ARA members to offer their opinion and expertise to help us create the world’s best RA guideline.
Please click on the following link to participate:

(Posted 24 January 2020)



Are you a Rheumatologist who manages patients with pulmonary hypertension?
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.
The survey will take 5 minutes to complete.
Please click on this link to participate in the survey (or paste into your browser if the link doesn’t work):
Please note that if you do not wish to complete the ‘postcode’ section, you can leave it blank. If you are able to indicate though if you are metropolitan (work in population >100k) or regional (<100k) that would be very helpful.
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.

(posted 24 June 2019)


Genomic medicine here to stay? Have your say.

We need non-genetic medical specialists to tell us about genomics in healthcare. Your input will help shape future workforce practices and CPD.  Click here to complete the anonymous 15-minute survey. For queries, contact Dr Amy Nisselle. This is an NH&MRC-funded activity of Australian Genomics (University of Melbourne HREC1646785.8).\

MSK Environmental Scan Survey.
To participate, please click here.

Prescription and adverse side effects of topical NSAIDs
You are invited to partake in a survey that will add valuable information towards assessing the impact of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) use and adverse renal effects within Australasia. Please click here for more information.


Defining the impact of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on renal function, a survey of Australasian Renal and Rheumatology Specialists - March 2018
Invitation to partake in a survey that will add valuable information towards assessing the impact of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) use on renal function and prescribing practices of topical NSAIDs within Australasia. For more information click here.
A link to the survey is

Australian Genomics Health Alliance: Rheumatologists' Perspective Study
An NH&MRC-funded study that is gathering perspectives on current and future education and training of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine.  For more information on how to participate, please click here.



Mobile App for People with Gout Study

Have you had at least two gout attacks in the past year and have access to a smartphone or tablet with internet?  If so, you may be eligible to participate in a UNSW Sydney research study to test a mobile app designed for people with gout.  By taking part, you will be asked to:
• Use a mobile app for one year
• See your GP and have blood tests at least 3 times in a year
• Fill out 3 surveys, and
• Complete a short interview at the end of the study
You will receive a $30 gift voucher at 3 points of the study ($90 total). 
Interested in joining? Go to our website or contact:  Jacob Bechara Phone: 1800 931 544  Email: