To the Editor: As members of the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA), we read with great interest the recent article by Russell and colleagues.1 The organisation has long been concerned that current training pathways and health care resourcing are resulting in a discordance between rheumatology health care supply in Australia and community needs. ARA believes the rheumatology workforce is in significant undersupply, ageing and largely focused in cities, and that our current training programs will not deal with these issues. A 2018 ARA survey of members found that 41% of respondents (of which 54.5% work at rural and remote clinics) plan to retire in the next 10 years.2 Our concerns are supported by Western Australian data3 reporting a critical shortfall of rheumatologists that trainee throughput will not address.
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