Terms of Reference

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into, and report on, childhood rheumatic diseases and juvenile arthritis (referred to collectively as ‘childhood rheumatic diseases’) including:
Research into the causes of childhood rheumatic diseases, including prevalence levels of childhood rheumatic diseases in Australia
The health, social, educational and economic health impacts on children and adults who developed rheumatic diseases in childhood, their families and the broader community
Access to medical services, including diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management and support including patient information, with a focus on rural and remote communities
Best practice quality of care and availability of treatments, including emerging treatments with a focus on equitable access to effective drugs
The adequacy and consistency of professional education, training and awareness amongst healthcare professionals and community awareness of the disease.

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