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    Unit Aims

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

    • To provide all children with rheumatic diseases access to a best practice model of care that meets 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