ALERT: All sites are operating at reduced service levels due to the COVID-19 situation.
If you have been referred to our program for treatment (such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work), you will be contacted to discuss your needs and treatment options. For patients whose needs we cannot meet using virtual health (e.g., Zoom, FaceTime), we are able to offer limited in–person visits. To maintain physical distancing, our patient flow will be greatly reduced, and we may need to limit the number of in–person visits each patient receives. Please work with your therapist or other healthcare provider to arrange an appropriate treatment plan.
If you have an urgent need for care, please contact your therapist or referring physician for guidance.
We provide services to people with:
- All types of inflammatory arthritisInflammatory arthritis is a term used to describe a group of conditions which affect your immune system. This means that your body’s defense system starts attacking your own tissues instead of germs, viruses and other foreign substances, which can cause pain, stiffness and joint damage. They’re also known as autoimmune diseases. The three most common forms of inflammatory arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis..
- Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease (SARD)
- Complex osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that affects the cartilage. It is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older people. It can also be called degenerative joint disease. Complex osteoarthritis is when osteoarthritis affects two or more joints.
How to get referred – is there a cost?
Clients need a doctor’s referral to access all therapy services. Visits are covered by the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).
Click HERE for the referral form
The Mary Pack Arthritis Program has a variety of health care providers who can help you learn how to self-manage and treat arthritis including:
- Physical Therapist (PT)
- Occupational Therapist (OT)
- Registered Nurse
- Social Work Counsellor
Click Who Do I Need to See to learn more about the roles of each team member.
We offer education classes to help you learn about the different kinds of arthritis and management techniques. Classes are free, and no referral is needed. Currently these classes are being provided virtually as a Zoom webinar.
Click HERE to see our class schedule and information on how to register.
Our Specialty Medical Clinics
The following clinics require a referral from a rheumatologist:
- Biologics Infusion Clinic – safely administers IV biologic medications ordered by a rheumatologist for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis and other related inflammatory conditions.
- Advanced Therapeutics Clinic – provides physician and nursing clinics to assist rheumatologists in the selection, initiation and monitoring of medications such as Cyclosporine, Biologics and newer Health Canada approved medications for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis and other inflammatory rheumatic conditions.
- Oral Medicine Clinic – a monthly dental clinic that assesses oral health issues related to rheumatic diseases.
- Orthopedic Clinic – a monthly clinic that assesses people with damaged joints for possible surgical options to improve their ability to move and do daily activities.
- Intensive Collaborative Arthritis Program (ICAP) – an intensive program provided by a interdisciplinary team that includes medication management, counselling, education and referral to community services for adults with complex forms of inflammatory arthritis.
- Psychiatry Clinic – a weekly clinic that assesses and provides help for people with psychological concerns related to their rheumatic condition, and to assist with better coping strategies for people with physical limitations.
- Young Adult Rheumatic Disease Program – provides multidisciplinary treatment for young adults, who were treated in the pediatric program for various rheumatic diseases, to help with the transition to adult care.
- For Social Work Services, click here
The following require a referral from any physician:
- Laboratory – open 5 days/week for new and ongoing blood, urine and other testing.
- Lupus Clinic – a weekly physician and nursing-led clinic that provides consulting services and patient education for assessing and managing lupus.
- Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases Clinic – this clinic provides counselling for women/men with rheumatic diseases and a medication review prior to and during pregnancy
- Scleroderma Clinic – a weekly physician and nursing-led clinic that provides consulting services and patient education for assessing and managing scleroderma.
- Vasculitis Clinic – a weekly physician and nursing-led clinic that provides consulting services and patient education for assessing and managing vasculitis.
- Myositis Clinic – a weekly physician and nursing-led clinic that provides consulting services and patient education for assessing and managing myositis.
We do not provide services for:
- Most types of soft tissue conditions such as tendonitis, frozen shoulder or mechanical back pain when there is no confirmed diagnosis of arthritis
- Osteoporosis if it is not related to inflammatory arthritis
- Chronic pain conditions not related to arthritis, such as fibromyalgia
- Rehabilitation for total joint replacements that are not related to inflammatory arthritis
- Patients with open ICBC or WorkSafe BC claims
Click HERE to find out about alternate services to meet these needs.
Appointments are in high demand. Please provide 24 hours notice if you can no longer make your appointment. Two non-attendances (i.e., cancelling with less than 24 hours notice) may result in discharge from treatment.
To cancel please call 604-875-4040 within regular business hours, or 604-875-4111, ext. 68810 to leave a message.
Mary Pack Arthritis Program at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre
895 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L7
Phone: 604-875-4040 Fax: 604-875-4321
Our building is fully wheelchair accessible.
Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lab Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on weekends and statutory holidays.
Parking: There is underground pay parking available for Patients. Please enter from the back lane, between Broadway and West 10th Avenue.
Click HERE for a map to parking.
Public transit: We are on the No. 9, 17, and 99 bus routes.