The prevalence of arthritis has been growing in line with increasing average lifespans. A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare suggests that over 15% of Australians were affected by arthritis in 2007-08, a 2% increase from 2001 estimates. Access Economics predicts that by 2050 there will be 7 million Australians with arthritis, unless we discover more effective treatments or a cure.
There are over hundred different types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and lupus the most common. City dwellers are less affected than people living in inner regional areas of Australia. Arthritis can develop at any age, although women over 45 are most affected.
This section features support organisations for sufferers of arthritis and other musculo-skeletal conditions, and products and services that specialise in the management of arthritis.
North Melbourne, VIC 3051The organisation's website details an activities program, international support network for members and information about Muscular Dystrophy such as Duchenne and Becker type, Friedreich's Ataxia, Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, Myotonic Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Chacot-Marie-Tooth disease. Become a member or support research.
Hobart, TAS 7001
Freecall Arthritis Australia 1800 011 041
Glebe, NSW 2037Arthritis Australia provides support and information to people with arthritis as well as their families and friends; promotes arthritis awareness; funds research into potential causes, possible cures and better ways to live with arthritis; and aims to keep health professionals informed. Arthritis Australia also supports the MyJointPain.org.au website and the Empowered.org.au website
Taringa, QLD 4068The AAMM promotes research, education and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Its website contains information and resources for professionals and the public.
Toowoomba, QLD 4350ME/CFS/FM Support Association Qld Inc. provides support, information, friendship and encouragement to people affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Membership benefits include office 11am - 3pm Tuesday to Thursday, monthly meetings, the 1st Wednesday of each month except January and a bi-monthly journal titled THE QUEENSLAND COMMUNICATOR.
WOOLLOONGABBA, QLD 4102Spinal Life Australia supports and empowers people with spinal cord injuries through peer support, networking opportunities, health and lifestyle advice, equitable access, equipment hire, information and advocacy. The organisation also publishes The Advocate, a bi-monthly magazine.
Corrimal East, NSW 2518The Australian Myasthenic Association NSW Inc provides support and information for people affected by Myasthenia Gravis, a Neuromuscular Autoimmune disease. The Association holds quarterly support meetings at Ryde Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road West Ryde. We welcome MG sufferers their family and friends.
Marleston, SA 5033Infoline: 1800 011 041
Arthritis South Australia provides information, courses in managing pain, support and an online shop with amazing products for arthritis sufferers such as the Easy Twist Jar Opener and Easy Grip Glow in the dark door knob.
Arthritis SA is the publisher of the magazine titled 'On The Move'. To become a member, volunteer or make a donation, visit the Arthritis SA website.
Chemical Pathologist and Clinical Densitometrist
Adelaide Women's Health Centre
North Adelaide, SA 5006
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
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