'I want to raise the profile of rheumatology'

Australian Rheumatology President, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, explains her vision for the speciality - and why rheumatologists are needed now more than ever.

What are the main issues likely to affect rheumatologists over the next few years?

We are concerned about the large and growing burden of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions affecting the population and the lack of a coordinated effort to address it. Even though they are the most common reason to seek care, contribute over a fifth to all years lived with disability, and are enormously costly, they do not receive the same attention as other chronic problems.