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The rheumatology unit of the Flinders Southern Adelaide Clinical School is involved in:

  • The delivery of rheumatological services to the community;
  • Teaching of medical and allied health professional groups in the area of rheumatology;
  • Training rheumatology advanced trainees; and
  • Basic and applied clinical research in the area of musculoskeletal and rheumatic disease.

Phone: 08 8275 1819 | Fax: 08 8374 4276 | Location: We will be relocating to Flinders Medical Centre before the end of 2017.



The rheumatology team actively teach into the Doctor of Medicine in the areas of musculoskeletal disease, clinical skills and internal medicine.

We also teach into various allied health programs such as physiotherapy.

Students attached to the rheumatology unit gain skills in the area of the practice of internal medicine and rheumatology, in particular the assessment and management of rheumatic diseases.



Our key research themes relate to musculoskeletal disease and the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the cellular mechanisms of inflammatory arthritis and the clinical manifestations of various inflammatory diseases such as psoriatic arthritis and lupus and scleroderma.

We are also interested in the clinical management of various musculoskeletal conditions including soft tissue injuries and the development of new therapies for these conditions.

We also undertake clinical trials research for new treatments for various inflammatory diseases.

Outcomes that have made an impact on the community include the development of new treatments for musculoskeletal disease such as suprascapular nerve block for the management of shoulder pain and the development of new biologic agents for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis.

We have a number of higher degree opportunities for students wishing to undertake PhDs and have graduated a number of these students over time.


Clinical practice

Our clinical and community services include the full range of rheumatological services to the community in the catchment area of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. General and speciality and subspecialty clinics are in these disease categories.

We regularly involve medical students and postgraduate trainees in the delivery of the clinical services and the clinical problems regularly inform our clinical research.

Teaching and Learning (PDF 80KB)


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