Joint Annual Scientific Meeting
New Zealand Rheumatology Association
and Australian Rheumatology Association
with the Rheumatology Health Professionals Association

The Organising Committee of the 2017 combined Australian Rheumatology Association and New Zealand Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting invites you to join us in Auckland, New Zealand from May 20- 23, 2017. The New Zealand Rheumatology Association (NZRA) is hosting the meeting in the Auckland Convention Centre. This will be the Annual Scientific Meeting for both associations in 2017.  The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand rheumatology health professionals.

The meeting will feature some of the world’s most dynamic speakers in rheumatology. We aim to present cutting-edge research and clinical updates. Meeting themes are new therapeutic targets in arthritis, mechanisms of joint disease, musculoskeletal imaging, and new models of care in rheumatology practice.

International guests include Professor Georg Schett (Germany) speaking on osteoimmunology and joint damage in arthritis, Professor Arthur Kavanaugh (US) on psoriatic arthritis and therapeutic targets in rheumatoid arthritis, Dr Peter Balint (Hungary) on musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology practice, Dr Madelaine Rooney (Ireland) on paediatric rheumatology and Dr Kori Dewing (US) on the role of the nurse practitioner in rheumatology practice. We are planning two satellite meetings; for Paediatric Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.  We look forward to seeing you all in Auckland.

Prof Nicola Dalbeth
Convenor, 2017 ARA + NZRA ASM