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Ita Buttrose - 2013 Australian of the Year
All of us at Arthritis Australia were thrilled to learn that Ita Buttrose AO OBE was appointed Australian of the Year 2013.
Ita has a long-standing association with Arthritis Australia, firstly as media spokesperson, then president (2003-2006) and, currently, Vice-President Emeritus.
While Ita has had a stellar career in media, this award is in recognition of her work in championing health and social issues.
Arthritis Australia is honoured to be the beneficiary of Ita’s commitment to arthritis and other chronic, preventable health conditions.
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We would also like to congratulate Arthritis Australia’s Vice-President, David Motteram OAM for his Australia Day Honour. David has been on the board since 2007 and plays a pivotal role in guiding the work we do.
Joint Injections: An injection of Sense Needed - updated
Medicare rebates for joint injections and aspirations were cut by the government in November 2009. Many people have told us that since the rebates were removed, they have difficulty paying for joint injections and in some cases are going without because of the increased costs.
Arthritis Australia has conducted surveys of people with arthritis and of rheumatologists and also commissioned an independent economic analysis to determine the extent to which this is occurring.
These studies have confirmed that up to 100,000 people each year are experiencing unnecessary pain and suffering because they have to delay or miss out on joint injections and aspirations due to the cost, following the removal of the Medicare rebates.
This is completely unacceptable!
We have launched a campaign to restore Medicare rebates for joint injections to make these procedures more affordable for people who need them.
Media Release: An Injection of Sense Needed
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Helen's story - Oxley, NSW
Over the past few years my health and body movement declined rapidly. I was told by my GP go get fit, lose weight and keep active to keep my arthritis under control. However last August 2011 I could hardly walk and I was shallow breathing, and could not walk straight up, I was hunched over. I asked to see a specialist which took 6 weeks waiting time in which my pain was getting worse. He took one look at my cat scan and he said it was the worst case he had seen. My left side was completely fused and my right side was not far behind. He gave me two options. Have the left side done in November 2011 and come back March 2012 for the right side or have both my hips replaced in the one operation. I elected to go for the second option. Last month I had ligaments in my left knee mended as a result of bad hips. I now have severe Arthritis in this knee. Sometime down the track I will need further medical assistance. My specialist said at 56 I have a lot of living to do and I should not be made disabled and medical treatment was my only option. I think that the Government needs to rethink their policies, and how they manage arthritis sufferers.
I have just had a back operation (7 1/2 hours). My knee is painful all the time. I am a pensioner and have just paid $16,000 even with my Private Health Cover as well as Medicare. I cannot afford any more for injections. I am 85 years old.
"Personally I need injections for arthritis in my toe which is extremely painful without. I also have stopped because of the cost each time I receive an injection. Without these injections I can barely walk by the end of the week as the pain is excruciating. I am also a single income family."
Reviewed and updated January 2013