The ACPAC program has been most generously supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), The Arthritis Society – Ontario Branch, St. Michael’s Hospital and its Foundation, Industry, and tuition fees.
Relevance to Arthritis Care Provision in Ontario and Beyond
There is considerable interest globally in optimizing human health resources through development of extended role, scope or advanced practice practitioners. The ACPAC initiative represents a rigorous approach to train and generate competent practitioners and is aligned with a current mandate to put Patients First by expanding roles of existing human health service providers to increase access to arthritis care in Ontario and beyond.
The ACPAC program is endorsed by the Arthritis Alliance of Canada, Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA), the Ontario Rheumatology Association, and Canadian Rheumatology Association. ACPAC program graduates are important to these groups as new models of care are being implemented.
Drs. Rachel Shupak and Katie Lundon advocate for Advanced Arthritis Care on the following committees:
- Canadian Rheumatology Association Quality of Care Committee
Lead: Dr. Cheryl Barnabe
- ECHO Rheumatology
Leads: Drs. Amanda Steiman and Claire Bombardier
- Development of a Patient-Centred Balanced Scorecard for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lead: Dr. Claire Barber
- MOHLTC Rheumatology Working Group
Leads: Drs. Rachel Shupak and Amanda Steiman