What is rheumatology?

Rheumatology is an area of paediatric medicine concerned with children who have symptoms or signs of any musculoskeletal disease, including juvenile arthritis and auto-immune or inflammatory diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosis, dermatomyositis and scleroderma.

How we help children with rheumatic disorders

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) paediatric rheumatology services is delivered in multidisciplinary team care arrangements.  

Children presenting with rheumatology conditions require the expertise of various professionals to treat and manage their condition and maximise function. Children may be admitted to hospital but this is rare and most commonly occurs for children requiring infusions of biologic therapy or severe disease relapse.

Video resources

Resources for families

Juvenile idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) information:

Australian Paediatric Rheumatology Group (APRG)

Conditions Specific/General Management


Resources about specific medications

Resources for Adolescents

Paediatric Rheumatology InterNational Trials Organisation (PRINTO)

Arthritis Australia