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


Musculoskeletal Network Survey

The Agency for Clinical Innovation's Musculoskeletal Network would appreciate your thoughts on how we can continue to improve the care for people with Musculoskeletal conditions in NSW. To do so, we would appreciate you taking the time to complete a survey, which you can find here. It will take approximately 10-15 mins.

(posted 25 November 2019)


Survey on foot problems in PsA

Our research team are conducting a national survey about foot problems affecting people with psoriatic arthritis. It will be the first to explore the impact of foot involvement and the foot care needs of people with psoriatic arthritis. It would be great if the survey could be promoted on your website and/or newsletter to those rheumatologists and health professionals managing patients with psoriatic arthritis to encourage them to participate. Little is known about foot involvement related to psoriatic arthritis. The aim of the survey is to understand more about the impact of foot involvement in this patient group in order to develop targeted assessment and treatment strategies. The survey has been developed over the past 2 years based on best practice methods in qualitative survey design including extensive pre-testing among people with psoriatic arthritis and subject experts. Leading local and international experts have approved and commended the survey and it is now ready to disseminate. For more information, click here.
Kate Carter,PhD Candidate, Podiatry, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown Campus.




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: