Who Are We?
The New Zealand Rheumatology Association (NZRA) is the organisation that represents the rheumatologists of New Zealand.
Our main function is to promote and maintain the standards of rheumatology practised in New Zealand. We do this in a number of ways.
- By working with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to oversee the training of rheumatologists. Interested trainees can read more here.
- By providing continuing medical education to rheumatologists in the form of the NZRA Annual Scientific Meeting.
- By lobbying to improve the access of rheumatology patients to rheumatology services and treatments.
The NZRA is a non-profit organisation. We support research through our Grant application process. Members should login to submit their proposals.
Why The Willow?
Why the Willow?
The willow tree you see above is the symbol of the NZRA. The latin for the willow is salix, from which we get the word “salicylates”; a group of compounds that includes aspirin, the first non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent to be used to treat arthritis. We share this symbol with our close colleagues the Australian Rheumatology Association.
The Willow logo was designed by the late Dr Moore Tweed in the 1970s.
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