The Arthritis Clinic has been created in response to the growing need for patients to be able to access advanced arthritis care in a timely manner. Due to the overwhelming demand to see Rheumatologists and other specialists with waitlists a year or longer, this program will help to triage and/or treat your patient in a timely and efficient manner. If the condition is urgent the information that our therapist can provide will help Rheumatologist to triage them onto a priority wait list. Some patients may only need to see our therapist for education and treatment.

This program is run by a physiotherapist who has taken the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC), Marlene Thompson.

Marlene Thompson has 16 years of experience in Physiotherapy and Arthritis. She has trained and worked within the Rheumatology group at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the last 5 years. She obtained her ACPAC certification and clinical practice training through The University of Toronto/St. Michael’s hospital. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at Western University, Past President of the Arthritis Health Professions Association and currently sits on the Medical Advisory Board for The Arthritis Society, National.

The Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) program

The ACPAC (Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care) Program is an innovative, interprofessional academic and clinical-education training program in advanced musculoskeletal/arthritis care currently offered to experienced physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses. The program is hosted by St. Michael’s Hospital, in collaboration with The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The ACPAC program was developed in response to the well-recognized need for an interprofessional, patient-centred collaborative approach to better manage patients presenting with osteoarthritis (OA) as well as in the early detection of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by improving access to (shortened wait times) and efficiency of care.

The ACPAC program provides the mechanism for training extended role practitioners to assume vital roles of triage, education and in select cases, management of patients with osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis.

What patients can expect?

Your family physician can refer you to the program. You will receive a call from our office to schedule your appointment. Your assessment will be booked at a time of your choice. You may need to go for blood tests or x-rays before you see the Practitioner.

What referring doctors can expect?

The Rheumatology Screening Program is designed to improve access to care for patients with arthritis. The screening assessment is conducted by an Advanced Clinician Practitioner, in Arthritis Care. The ACPAC will work in conjunction with Primary Care Physicians, Rheumatologists and Orthopaedic surgeons to improve the quality of care for patients with arthritis so that they may receive treatment in a timely manner.

What are the benefits to the physician?
  • Full Rheumatologic Assessment of your Patient including comprehensive physical exam
  • Clear clinical diagnosis and recommendations
  • Comprehensive education program for patients with inflammatory and osteoarthritic conditions
  • Prioritize referrals to Rheumatologists
How is this program covered?

This program is provided by a physiotherapist in advanced arthritis care. If your insurance benefits cover physiotherapy services, this program will be covered under that service. You may be covered under the acute OHIP program.

Please call (519) 433-9111 or Fax (519) 433-8515 for more information and to book your appointment today.
You may also email us at  email Arthritis clinic  ArthritisClinic@fpclondon.com

Downloadable Forms
  • Arthritis Initial Assessment Form –
  • Arthritis Health Assessment Questionnaire –
  • Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) –
  • Arthritis Clinic Referral Form –