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What is Paediatric Rheumatology?

Paediatric Rheumatology encompasses the management of a broad range of inflammatory and non-inflammatory diseases involving the musculoskeletal system as well as multiple other systems. Paediatric Rheumatologists care for children from newborns through to adolescents.

Conditions managed by Paediatric Rheumatologists include:

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Post infectious and reactive arthritis
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Vasculitis
  • Periodic fever syndromes such as Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Non inflammatory pain syndromes including Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Sports related pain
Rheumatology Resources

Information about Paediatric Rheumatic diseases:

Royal Children’s Hospital Rheumatology Department resources

Arthritis Australia resources including disease and medication specific information 

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis UK JIA resources

Other International resources on Rheumatic diseases


Information for teens about JIA:

Teens taking charge, managing JIA online – CARRA resource

Transition to Adult Rheumatology care


Information for parents about JIA:

How to manage JIA as a family and how to help your teen transition to adult care – CARRA resource.

Transition to Adult Rheumatology care


Information for schools and teachers about JIA:

“JIA: Kids get it too”¬†

JIA information handout for teachers


Information about Rheumatology medications:

Arthritis Australia – medicine information sheets


Information about subcutaneous injections:

A child’s guide to subcutaneous injections (RCH Be positive video)


Information about procedures including intra-articular steroid injections:

A guide to your visit to Monash Children’s Hospital

Joint injections and sedation 

A child’s guide to joint injections (RCH Be positive video)



Information about Amplified Pain Syndromes:

Stop Childhood Pain – What is Amplified Pain and how is it treated?

Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain resources

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome YouTube video


Support programs for young people with chronic medical illnesses:



Other resources:

Teaching children how to swallow tablets

Our Paediatric Rheumatologists:

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Main Clinic
17 Murray Street
Clayton VIC 3168


St John of God
75 Kangan Dr
Berwick VIC 3806


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(03) 8572 1222
9am – 5pm
Mon – Fri

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