Download Adobe Reader PDF    Resize font:
About Us

 

icon-jump_to About Arthritis Australia

icon-jump_to Arthritis facts

icon-jump_to Funding

icon-jump_to Constitution

icon-jump_to Board of Directors | icon-jump_to Scientific Advisory Committee

 

Arthritis Australia's Vision and Mission statement

Vision

To bring quality of life to all people with arthritis and eliminate their suffering.

Mission

  • To provide dignity, support and education for Australians suffering from arthritis and their carers.
  • To radically restrict the rate of growth of arthritis in Australia.
  • To be a leader in funding and advocating world class research.
  • Arthritis Australia to be identified as the only independent, arthritis focused and patient driven national body.


About Arthritis Australia

Nearly one in five Australians - that's 3.85 million people - has arthritis. Arthritis Australia is a charitable not-for-profit organisation, and is the peak arthritis body in Australia. It is supported by affiliate offices in ACT, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.


Arthritis Australia:

  • provides support and information to people with arthritis as well as their families and friends
  • promotes awareness of the challenges facing people with arthritis across the community, and to leaders in business, industry, and government
  • funds research into potential causes and possible cures as well as better ways to live with arthritis, and
  • aims to keep health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and community nurses informed.


About Arthritis Australia's website

Arthritis Australia endeavours to ensure the accuracy and relevance of information on its website. Consumer information materials are reviewed and updated on an annual basis, with the process including a full literature review to ensure scientific accuracy. Development and review of all Arthritis Australia resources follow a stringent process which is in line with Arthritis's premier National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Guidelines for Consumer Information. The process is as follows:
• Audit of gaps/consumer demand
• Literature reviews to support information to be included in the resource
• Resource written
• Tested with consumer focus group re understanding of content as well as layout
• Reviewed and signed off by Arthritis Australia's Consumer Representative (and Board Member); Arthritis Australia's Resource Development Working Group (made up of a combination of health educators and consumers); Arthritis Australia's Medical Director; Arthritis Australia's Scientific Advisory Committee; Australian Rheumatology Association (co-badge our materials and are the peak group for rheumatologists - specialists in arthritis and musculoskeletal disease); and other relevant organisations pertinent to subject matter - e.g. The Australian General Practice Network, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Australian Practice Nurses Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The reviewer organisations are acknowledged on each material where appropriate.

News pages are reviewed on a daily basis, other amendments uploaded as they occur and, overall, a six monthly review of the full website is undertaken to maintain accuracy and relevancy.


icon-back_to_top Back to top

 

Arthritis facts

  • nearly one in five Australians has arthritis
  • today arthritis impacts directly on 3.85 million people, or 18.5 per cent of the population and indirectly on their businesses, colleagues, friends and family1
  • by 2050, it is projected there will be 7 million Australians with arthritis2
  • it costs the economy about $23.9 billion a year. Emotionally and socially, the hidden costs of arthritis are immeasurable3
  • arthritis is Australia's major cause of disability and pain
  • it's wrong to think arthritis is just an inevitable part of getting older; it isn't!
  • most people diagnosed with arthritis are of working age
  • children get arthritis too
  • arthritis was declared a National Health Priority in 2002
  • there are more than 100 different types of arthritis
  • most forms of arthritis are thought to be a reaction of the body against its own joint tissues
  • osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and lupus are some of the most common forms of arthritis
  • we do know you've got to move it or lose it; rest can make pain and other symptoms much worse
  • there's no cure... yet
  • but there's a lot that can be done
  • and with your help we can make life for people with arthritis a whole lot better!

    *1,2,3 - Refer Arthritis Australia's website / reports - Painful realities: The economic impact of arthritis in Australia 2007 (REPORT BY ACCESS ECONOMICS PTY LIMITED FOR ARTHRITIS AUSTRALIA 31 JULY 2007)


icon-back_to_top Back to top

 

Funding

This website is only funded by Arthritis Australia. Arthritis Australia relies on the generosity of community groups, individuals, and corporate sponsors for most of its funding. For more information on how you can support people with arthritis please call 1800 111 101.

Arthritis Australia wishes to acknowledge funding support from the Commonwealth Department of Health under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund * for the following projects: National Local Exercise Program, Osteoarthritis website MyJointPain, Consumer information sheets and Multicultural resources.

* for funding period 2013-2015.
 


icon-back_to_top Back to top

 

Constitution

Arthrtis Australia Constitution
 

icon-back_to_top Back to top

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The board of directors of Arthritis Australia is made up of corporate, health and community representatives who are committed to:

  • developing further initiatives for assisting Australians with arthritis
  • restricting the rate of growth of arthritis in Australia
  • ensuring arthritis is on the national agenda, and
  • advocating world class research into the disease

The Board

icon-male Prof Patrick McNeil MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP GradDiplHEd - Chair

Former President of Arthritis Australia (2010-2013).

Prof McNeil holds the University of New South Wales’ Chair of Rheumatology at Liverpool Hospital. He also heads a research group in the Inflammation and Infection Research Centre at UNSW’s Kensington campus. He is recognised as a national leader in academic rheumatology in Australia and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Arthritis Australia and the ARA Research Trust, and discipline panels for the National Health & Medical Research Council.

icon-male David Motteram OAM - Deputy Chair

Arthritis Australia Board Member since 2002 and former Vice-President (2009-2013).

Mr Motteram is a retired business manager and was President of Arthritis South Australia from October 2002 to October 2012. Until his recent appointment to the Arthritis Australia independent board, David was Board Member/Treasurer of Arthritis South Australia.

icon-male Wayne Jarman Grad Dip Fin AMP (Harvard) FAICD - Treasurer

Arthritis Australia Board member since 2007 and Treasurer (2010-2013).

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Finance and Treasury Association, Wayne consults for the service firm Deloitte, Maddocks Lawyers and Burnvoir, an Advisory firm in the Infrastructure and Resources sectors. Mr Jarman is also Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board of Altius Asset Management. Prior to these engagements Wayne was Executive Director of the NSW Government Asset Management Task Force which had carriage of a number of NSW Government asset sales. Earlier, Wayne was Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets and CEO of TCorp, the New South Wales Government’s Central Borrowing Authority, a position he held for a period of ten years.

icon-female Michelle Leech MBBS FRACP PhD - Medical Director

Assoc Prof Leech is a member of Arthritis Australia’s Grants Assessment Committee and is a new appointment to the Arthritis Australia Board. Michelle is a research fellow at Monash University Melbourne, and Director Monash Health Rheumatology. She is also a consultant rheumatologist at Monash Health Victoria.

icon-female Wendy Favorito BAppSc (Sp. Path.)(Hons) - Consumer Representative

Arthritis Australia Board Member and Consumer Representative (2010-2013).

Mrs Wendy Favorito is well-versed with what it means to live with arthritis and, through her personal and professional experiences, with the health system and services provided. She currently holds a part-time position as a Senior Speech Pathologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and works part-time in private practice.

At the age of six years, Wendy was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). In her teens and early 20s she actively assisted Arthritis New South Wales in their JIA activities, including being a member of the Working Committee for their inaugural JIA Camp. These annual camps continue to be a popular and effective support for children in NSW and interstate.

Wendy recognises the importance of widespread arthritis awareness & education and believes the support of family, friends, health professionals and workplace are paramount in managing your arthritis.

icon-male Roger Mattar BComm/LLB (UNSW) Member AICD

Arthritis Australia Board Member (2010-2013).

Mr Mattar commenced legal work as a student volunteer at Redfern Legal Centre while completing his commerce/law degree at UNSW. Following his graduation he worked as a paralegal and later as a solicitor in a large national law firm in the property, construction and banking practice groups. Since 1997 he has been a solicitor at Kemp Strang lawyers where he was appointed a partner in the Property Banking and Finance (Commercial) Group in 2004. Roger practises in the area of property, leasing, banking and finance.

icon-female Kristine Riethmiller BA CMC MIMC MAICD

Former Board Member of Arthritis Australia (2008-2011).

Recently re- appointed to the Arthritis Australia Board, Ms Riethmiller is a management consultant who advises government and private organisations on governance, strategy and people management. Kristine established her consulting business in 1998 and is based in Canberra. She is a Director of the Canberra Business Council, Chair of the Small Business Task Force and a Committee member of Canberra Women in Business.  She was a Director and Secretary of Arthritis ACT from 2006 to 2013.

icon-back_to_top Back to top



EMERITUS DIRECTORS

icon-female Ita Buttrose AO OBE

icon-female Mona Marabani MBBS (Hons) FRACP

icon-back_to_top Back to top

 

EXECUTIVE

icon-female Ainslie Cahill

Ms Cahill was appointed CEO of Arthritis Australia in December 2005, having served as its Marketing and Business Development Manager from August 2003. She has more than 25 years' experience in a variety of industries, including senior management/board positions in vocational education (TAFE NSW), public relations (Write Communications Group), publishing (Capricorn Publishing Pty Ltd) and film, television and theatre production (Melaleuka Productions Pty Ltd). Ainslie is currently the Secretary of Arthritis Australia.

icon-back_to_top Back to top

 

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

This committee provides the Arthritis Australia Board with medical expertise.


icon-male Peter Youssef MBBS (Hons) FRACP PhD - Chair

Assoc Prof Youssef is a staff specialist in rheumatology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He is the Co-Chair of the Australian Rheumatology Association Scientific Programs Committee and rheumatology sub-editor of the IMJ. His research interests are in the mechanisms of joint damage in inflammatory arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, and the effects of therapy on the synovium.

icon-male Peter Brooks MD FRACP FRCP (Edin) FAFRM FAFPHM MD Lund (Hons Causa)

Prof Brooks is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Interim Director, Australian health workforce Institute - University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland. He is the author of more than 300 publications in the areas of rheumatic diseases, drug therapy and psychological aspects of chronic disease.

icon-male Simon Burnet MBBS FRACP

Dr Burnet is Arthritis South Australia's Alternate Director. An Adelaide-based rheumatologist, he is a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and also Medical Director of Arthritis SA.

icon-male Julien de Jager MB BCh FRACGP FRACP

Dr de Jager is Senior Visiting Rheumatologist at the Gold Coast Hospital and a visiting consultant rheumatologist at Allamanda and Pindara private hospitals in Queensland. He is an international fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a past President of the Australian Rheumatology Association.

icon-female Anna Dorai Raj MRCP (UK) FRACP Grad Certin Higher Education

Dr Dorai Raj is a rheumatologist in private practice in Canberra, a visiting medical officer at the Canberra Hospital and Unit Head of Rheumatology. She is a clinical lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School.

icon-male John Edmonds MBBS MA FRACP

Prof Edmonds is a Conjoint Professor at the University of NSW and the former Director of Rheumatology at St George Hospital in Sydney. He is currently Chair of the St George Medical Research Foundation and a past President of the Australian Rheumatology Association.

icon-male Graeme Jones MBBS (Hons) FRACP FAFPHM MMedSc MD

Medical Director Prof Jones was appointed Medical Director of Arthritis Australia in May 2003 and chairs the Grants Assessment Committee. He is Director of Rheumatology at Royal Hobart Hospital, and Head of the Musculoskeletal Unit at the Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania.

icon-male John Hart MBBS FRACS FAOrthA FASMF FACSP

Assoc Prof Hart is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Melbourne. He was Head of the Orthopaedic Unit at the Alfred Hospital from 1980 until 2003 and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Monash University.

icon-female Mona Marabani MBBS (Hons) FRACP

A practising rheumatologist, Dr Marabani was appointed President in June 2006. She was formerly Acting President (from February 2006) and Vice-President (from June 2003). She is also a member of the Arthritis Australia Executive, Finance Advisory and Scientific Advisory Committees, and has served the Australian Rheumatology Association as a councillor, the NSW branch as Honorary Secretary, and the NSW Advanced Trainee Selection Committee as Chair. Dr Marabani maintains an active interest in health education.

icon-male Andrew Taylor MBBS FRACP

Dr Taylor is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Royal Perth Hospital and is engaged in private practice at St John of God Healthcare, Murdoch. He is currently Director of the Goatcher Clinical Research Unit of the Rheumatology Department at Royal Perth Hospital.

A register disclosing relationships between members of the Scientific Advisory Committee and pharmaceutical companies is available upon request. Please call Ainslie Cahill on 02 9518 4441.

icon-female Michelle Leech MBBS FRACP PhD - Medical Director

Assoc Prof Leech is a member of Arthritis Australia’s Grants Assessment Committee and is a new appointment to the Arthritis Australia Board. Michelle is a research fellow at Monash University Melbourne, and Director of Clinical Teaching Programs at Monash Southern Clinical School. She is also a consultant rheumatologist at Monash Medical Centre.

icon-back_to_top Back to top

 




Reviewed and updated January 2014

SUPPORT US MULTICULTURAL INFORMATION MICHAEL SLATER NEWS FEED
SUPPORT US

We are a patient and community driven organisation and extend an invitation to all Australians to

Make a donation
Fundraise
Become a member
Become a sponsor
Become a volunteer
Make a bequest
Invest in arthritis research

Our site has been approved as a HealthInsite information partner site.
Health Insite

MULTICULTURAL INFORMATION

Select from the below to view key information sheets in various languages:

( Arabic )
Chinese flag ( Chinese )
Croation flag ( Croation
Greek flag ( Greek )
Italian flag ( Italian )
Korean flag( Korean
Macedonian flag ( Macedonian )
Persian flag ( Persian)
Spanish Flag ( Spanish
Vietnamese flag ( Vietnamese )

MICHAEL SLATER'S GREATEST TEST

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a disease which causes inflammation and pain in the spine and other joints. It affects up to 2% of Australians and is three times more common in men than women.

Michael Slater is one of our greatest cricketing legends yet, behind the scenes, his career was all but the perfect over ...

Click here to find out more about AS and read about Michael Slater's greatest test.

NEWSFEED
FIND OUT MORE... FIND OUT MORE... FIND OUT MORE... VIEW NEWS FEED...
 
Proud partner of:
 
This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.
 

corner-piece