Further assistance Further advice and clinical practice support
Refer to medical practitioner and/or other members of the care team when in doubt. We have prepared an example referral letter template [.docx 16kB] for your perusal.
Clinical Practice Guidelines
Refer to clinical practice guidelines such as The British Society for Rheumatology guideline for the management of rheumatoid arthritis (the first two years) [.pdf 204 kB] or The British Society for Rheumatology and British Health Professionals in Rheumatology guideline for the management of rheumatoid arthritis (after the first 2 years) [.pdf 985 kB].
Refer to consumer evidence-informed self-help websites such as Medicare Chronic Disease Management programs, community-based support networks, such as:
- The Medicare Chronic Disease Management Program
- The painHEALTH website
- Community base support networks, for example Arthritis Australia
- Educative patient information directories, for example Patient.co.uk
- see rheumatoid arthritis patient information for an example of consumer information provided by Patient.co.uk.
Phone support for clinicians and consumers
Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria operates a Musculoskeletal Helpline for consumers and clinicians. The helpline is staffed by rheumatology-trained nurses and volunteers and is available during business hours Monday to Friday on toll free: 1800 263 265 or email@example.com.