RAP-eL has been developed to provide practising physiotherapists and physiotherapy students with essential disease-specific knowledge and clinical practice strategies to optimally manage people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We know from our earlier research that physiotherapists lack confidence in their disease-specific knowledge and clinical skills in best-practice management of RA 1,2. RAP-eL been developed to close those confidence-practice gaps.

RAP-eL is based around a series of e-learning modules intended to assist physiotherapists who may encounter a patient with RA in their clinical practice and students in their clinical training.

RAP-eL works, as evidenced by results from our randomised controlled trial among practising physiotherapists 3 and research among physiotherapy students 4.

Project background

Our core contributors

Feedback from some of our users

The RAP-eL program was of a high standard from beginning to end. The process was appealing from an investment of time point of view; with the program easily being able to be broken up in blocks. The resource itself was very well presented, an A+ for website design, A+ for ease of use and A+ for content. A very worthwhile experience and program. Thank you.
Luke Brennan, Physiotherapist
I found it very user friendly, informative and clinically relevant. It was the sort of PD that can be applied within a clinical setting very easily. I found the videos of patients useful as well to gain a clinical picture of the disease.
Catherine Saayman, Physiotherapist

Our Partners

Curtin University
Arthritis and Osteoporosis Western Australia
Government of Western Australia. Department of Health

RAP-eL is publicly supported by

Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australian Rheumatology Association
Australian Rheumatology Health Professionals Associatio
Arthritis Australia


  1. Briggs AM, Fary RE, Slater H, et al. Disease-specific knowledge and clinical skills required by community-based physiotherapists to co-manage patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res 2012;64:1514-26. [PubMed]
  2. Fary RE, Slater H, Chua J, Briggs AM. Translating policy into practice for community-based management of rheumatoid arthritis: Targeting professional development needs among physiotherapists. Int J Rheum 2012;240689:doi:10.1155/2012/240689. [Journal link]
  3. Fary RE, Slater H, Chua J, Ranelli S, Chan M, Briggs AM. Policy-into-practice for rheumatoid arthritis: Randomized controlled trial and cohort study of e-learning targeting improved physiotherapy management. Arthritis Care Res 2015; 67:913-922. [PubMed]
  4. Fary RE, Slater H, Gardner P, Jordan JE, Chua J, Briggs AM. Improving physiotherapy workforce readiness in best practice management of rheumatoid arthritis using e-learning: a mixed methods study. Int Med J 2015;45 (Suppl 2):9.