Convenor's Welcome

The Organising Committee of the 2018 Australian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting invites
you to join us in Melbourne, Australia from 5–8 May 2018. The Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) is hosting the meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Australian Rheumatology Health Professionals’ Association and will include Paediatric Rheumatology.

The meeting will feature some of the world’s most dynamic speakers in Rheumatology. We aim to present cutting-edge research, provide clinical updates and to address some of the ‘big picture’ issues in adult and paediatric Rheumatology. Meeting themes will include spondyloarthritis, JAK-STAT biology and blockade, back pain, paediatric pain, new developments in osteoarthritis, muscle in ageing and metabolism, and health care stewardship.

International guests confirmed to date include Désirée van der Heijde (Netherlands), Martin Englund (Sweden), Peter Croft (UK), Roy Fleischmann (USA), David Sherry (USA), Massimo Gadina (USA), Dan Cua (USA) and Stuart Warden (USA). We will also feature a wide range of local experts.

Prof Ian Wicks
Convenor, 2018 ARA ASM

Important Dates

November 2017 – Call for Abstracts submission available

NOW OPEN – Online registration available

Friday 2 February 2018 (NOW CLOSED) – Closing date for abstract submissions

Friday 2 March 2018 (NOW CLOSED)  Closing date for Grand Round submissions

Mid-March 2018 – Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts

Friday 30 March 2018 – Closing date for early bird registrations 


Convenor 2018
Professor Ian Wicks

Committee Members
Rachelle Buchbinder
Simon Chatfield
Sabina Ciciriello
Angela Cox (Paediatric)
Peter Gowdie (Paediatric)
Geoff McColl
John Moi
Gene-Siew Ngian
Genevieve Nolan (RHPA)
Carolyn Page (RHPA)
Lynden Roberts
Andrew Teichtahl
Sharon Van Doornum
Anita Wluka



ARA 2018 Meeting Secretariat

Lara Malcolm
The Meeting People Pty Ltd
PO Box 764, Mitcham SA 5062, AUSTRALIA
32 The Strand, Colonel Light Gardens SA 5041, AUSTRALIA

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