USA: Arthritis Foundation
Everything to do with arthritis seems to be covered on this comprehensive site from the American not-for-profit organisation:
UK: Arthritis Care
The UK charity and voluntary organisation that provides information and support for people with all types of arthritis:
NZ: Arthritis New Zealand
Did you know that more than half a million New Zealanders will have arthritis in their lifetime?
Canada: Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society is Canada’s only not-for-profit organisation devoted solely to funding and promoting arthritis research, programs and patient care:
State and territory government services
Use this portal to find out about assistance that could be offered by state and territory departments of eg: ageing, disability, education, health, and transport. Call you local arthritis office on 1800 011 041.
The Shed online
The Shed Online is a place for men to socialise, network, make friends and share skills. It aims to recreate the atmosphere of “real life” Men Sheds – a safe space where men can feel confident to discuss and exchange information. The Shed Online aims to foster a sense of community and build men’s social networks. The Shed Online offers a range of project ideas, gardening tips, cooking demos, movie reviews, health information, news and events.
SANE Australia is an independent national charity helping people affected by mental illness through campaigning, education and research. It operates a free helpline; call 1800 18 SANE.
Rheumatology Health Professionals Association
The Rheumatology Health Professionals Association formed in Australia in 1983 to provide a representative body for health professionals working with people with arthritis:
painHEALTH Musculoskeletal Pain Help
painHEALTH has been developed through the Department of Health, Western Australia in collaboration with Curtin University, University of Western Australia and the Musculoskeletal Health Network.
The aim of the website is to help health consumers with musculoskeletal pain access reliable and usable evidence-informed information and skills to assist in the co-management of their musculoskeletal pain.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures – breaks or cracks – than normal bone. Osteoporosis Australia is closely aligned with Arthritis Australia in every state and territory:
Occupational Therapists Australia
The goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. This site also features a find-an-OT service:
Independent, not-for-profit and evidence based NPS Medimate, has many ways to help you make better decisions about your medicines and any medical tests you may need. They are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
National Health Service Directory (NHSD)
The National Health Services Directory (NHSD) is a convenient and accessible new resource. It builds on and consolidates some existing regional healthcare directories to provide detailed information on available health related services to anyone with internet access.
The directory provides access to reliable information, and will assist you to choose and connect with the most appropriate health services for your current needs.
myDr.com.au is a comprehensive Australian consumer health site with free information for patients, covering a wide variety of diseases and conditions including arthritis, tests and treatments, health and fitness issues and medicines.
Comprehensive guide to what federally-funded health services are available under the Medicare scheme:
Medical Media Group Pty Ltd
Medical Media is Australia’s first ambient information channel designed exclusively for health professionals:
Livewire, a subsidiary of the Children’s Starlight Foundation, has created an online community for families affected by a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability. Focusing on the estimated 450,000 children and young people aged over 10 and under 21 years, Livewire now has over 6,000 members including parents and the siblings of the affected members.
Kids Help Line
Kids Help Line is a free and confidential, telephone counselling service for 5 to 18 year olds:
Independent Living Centres Australia
Information about products and services to help people remain independent and improve their quality of life.
Losing just a few kilos can ease the symptoms of some forms of arthritits such as osteoarthritis. Healthy Weight is hosted by the Department of Health and Ageing:
Health Matters: ABC radio and TV
Health Matters is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s online gateway to health. Here you’ll find original material about issues and conditions, as well as health news and transcripts from ABC Radio, ABC TV, and other areas of ABC Online:
Healthdirect Australia was established by the Council of Australian Governments with the purpose of providing all Australians with access to trusted professional health information without time or geographic restrictions.
No matter where people live, what time of the day or night, you can access trusted advice on the most appropriate care for their health issue.
The services available through Healthdirect Australia are:
- healthdirect: call 1800 022 222 or visit their website
- after hours GP helpline: call 1800 022 222
- Pregnancy, Birth and Baby: call 1800 882 436 or visit their website
- National Health Services Directory
- My Aged Care: call 1800 200 422 or visit their website
Arthritis and related videos.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Insights: Knee Osteoarthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- True Champions RA (Documentary Series)
- True Life Story: Rheumatoid Arthritis (Documentary Series)
One of the most recent tools developed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia is – Find a Pharmacy.
This enables anyone with access to the internet to locate their closest pharmacy. The basic search tool can be used to enter your address, suburb and state. Find a pharmacy will locate your nearest pharmacy, giving you directions using Google maps.
It also allows you to search by opening hours, services provided and languages spoken. For these options, you will need to use the advanced search option.
Europe: paediatric rheumatology
This is the home of PRINTO, the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society:
Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA)
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the peak body of dietetic and nutrition professionals providing strategic leadership in food and nutrition through empowerment, advocacy, education, accreditation and communication.
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) have the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. APDs are university-qualified professionals that undertake ongoing training and education programs to ensure that they are your most up-to-date and credible source of nutrition information, in line with DAA Professional Standards.
Dietary guidelines for all Australians
Links to download a range of information sheets and booklets from the National Health and Medical Research Council:
Consumer Health Forum
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems.
Find out about Commonwealth benefits to which you may be entitled:
Information and advocacy for people who provide support to children or adults who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged:
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.
The Australian Sjogren’s Syndrome Association Inc (TASSA)
One of the major support points for Sjogren’s sufferers all over the country
Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD)
ARAD is a national Australian database which collects important health information from individuals with inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
The aim of ARAD is to determine the effectiveness and safety of the new biological drugs used to treat inflammatory arthritis.
Medicine Information Sheets
The development of the Medicine Information Sheets has been a collaborative effort between many members of the ARA in consultation with Arthritis Australia and Communicating for Health, Victoria. They have recently been extensively revised using feedback from patients focus groups and new information.
Australian Rheumatology Association
Here’s where you’ll find an arthritis medical specialist:
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Read how physiotherapy can help people with arthritis. This site will help you find a physio:
The Choose Physio website provides users with high quality, consumer friendly information about physiotherapy and the conditions that physiotherapists treat, including incontinence, headaches, back pain and stroke recovery, amongst many others. It also includes a simple Find A Physio function for consumers to quickly find a physio convenient to their location.
Australian Orthopaedic Association
Orthopeadics – including joint replacement – explained by surgeons:
Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal
Has been developed to help Australian clinicians and policy-makers access high quality, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines via a single entry point.
This Portal is an initiative of the National Institute of Clinical Studies, an institute of the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council as part of our mandate to build a healthier Australia.
The Cochrane Collaboration and the Cochrane Library
Have you ever been to the doctor and been confronted with a treatment you knew nothing about and an explanation that left you just as confused? If so, please consider exploring the Cochrane Library, a virtual library with a database of over 4,500 health treatment reviews covering hundreds of medical conditions including many types of arthritis and soft tissue disorders.
To read the entire article click here.
Australasian Cochrane Centre
The Australasian Cochrane Centre co-ordinates activities of the Cochrane Collaboration in Australia and the wider region, principally by providing training and support to authors of Cochrane reviews, working with policy makers, advocating on behalf of the Collaboration regionally, and promoting the use and uptake of The Cochrane Library. The Centre works in partnership with its branches in Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand.
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