• Your GP has referred your child to see a paediatric rheumatologist and you want an appointment?

    Please fill out the Rheumatology Outpatient Clinics at the RCH form.

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      Unit aims

      The aims of the Rheumatology Unit at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH)/Murdoch Children's Research Institute are:

      • To provide all children with rheumatic diseases access to a best practice model of care that meets the needs of the patients and their families.  
      • To provide efficient and effective patient care that:
        • Improves quality of life 
        • Improves disease management 
        • Improves pain management 
        • Improves patients' knowledge about their disease
        • Improves access to paediatric rheumatology services in Victoria

      The Rheumatology Model of Care

      Paediatric Rheumatology encompasses a wide variety of inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions of the musculoskeletal system (muscles and joints) as well as conditions of non-infectious multi-system inflammation.

      The types of conditions cared for by the Rheumatology team are:

      • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
      • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
      • Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM)
      • Vasculitis
      • Hypermobility
      • Connective tissue disease
      • Scleroderma
      • Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)

      The key components of the model of care are:

      • A best practice model which is child-centred and family focused
      • Delivered in a co-ordinated manner by a multidisciplinary team
      • Encompassing: 
        • Disease management and physical therapy
        • Patient and family education and self management
        • Psychosocial support and intervention
        • Community Liaison
          Models of care best practice 
          Rheumatology best practice model of care