Doctors raise alarm over care of arthritis kids

Australia has a serious shortage of paediatric rheumatologists and the standard of care is lagging behind other countries, say two specialists.

According to figures from the Arthritis and Osteoporosis New South Wales, there are 6,000 children in the state with the juvenile arthritis, and only three specialists, none of whom are in full-time public practice.

There is no capacity in the state to train new paediatric rheumatologists or to adequately guide GPs, emergency physicians, general paediatricians and orthopaedic surgeons on how to