Survey on the scope, activities and value of rheumatology nurses in Australia

This survey is now closed.

If you volunteered for an in-depth interview, we will contact you in the next few weeks however we did receive a very large number of responses so will not be contacting everyone.

If you asked for a copy of the final report, it will be emailed to you in the next few months.

About the Survey

Internationally rheumatology nurses are playing an increasing role in delivering care for people with inflammatory arthritis and rheumatic conditions. These conditions include (but are not limited to) rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, juvenile arthritis and lupus. The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) on behalf of Arthritis Australia is examining the potential scope, activities and benefits of rheumatology nurses in terms of patient experience and outcomes as well as health system efficiencies and costs.

The surveys were designed to understand the role and potential benefits of rheumatology nurses. There were three surveys, one for people with arthritis or their carers, one for nurses working in rheumatology and one for other health care professionals providing care for people with rheumatic conditions. Individuals completed the survey which best reflected their role.

The survey findings will be included in a report.

We thank you for your time in participating in this survey.

For this survey, the term “rheumatology nurse” has been used to describe a nurse whose role is primarily to support patients with inflammatory arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Their activities may include patient education and counselling, providing advice about disease management, monitoring drug therapy and coordinating aspects of care.

Please note this survey is for Australian residents only.