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.
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Incorporating Osteoporosis Queensland
Windsor, QLD 4030Arthritis Queensland is a non-profit organisation, helping those living with arthritis and osteoporosis to get the most out of their lives through facilitating courses, education programs, seminars, telephone information and support and funding vital research to help find a cure.
Shenton Park, WA 6008The objective of the Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA is to reduce the incidence and disabling effects of arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions in the people of WA through programs in care, education and research.
COUNTRY CALLERS: 1800 011 041
Yooralla Society of Victoria
Melbourne, VIC 3000e . q u i p provides specialist rehabilitation equipment brokerage and therapy consultancy services.
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
Gleebe, 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.
Information is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.
Meadowbrook, QLD 4131The 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 a drop in centre open 10am - 3pm Tuesday to Thursday, monthly meetings, a journal titled THE QUEENSLAND COMMUNICATOR and a lending library.
Glebe, NSW 2037Osteoporosis Australia aims to improve awareness about the condition, focusing on prevention and improved management. It aims to influence relevant government health policy and funds research in the area of bone metabolism. It produces the Osteoblast magazine and disseminates information about osteoporosis on its website.
Osteoporosis Australia has branches in states and territories.
Elsternwick, VIC 3185Arthritis Victoria provides advocacy; support network for affected people; activities, information and education for the public and health professionals. It publishes Arthritis Victoria, a quarterly magazine for members. It is part of the Centre for Rheumatic Diseases (CRD), a joint project between the Arthritis Foundation of Victoria, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and The University of Melbourne.