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New campaign reveals blind spot for older Australians

Arthritis Australia is urging older Australians to look out for symptoms of silent inflammation that could put their eyesight at risk, and to speak to their doctor without delay. More than a thousand Australians over 50 years old are affected each year by Giant Cell Arteritis, an autoimmune disease where the body mistakenly attacks its…


Arthritis Australia launches new Multicultural Resources

Non-English-speaking communities will have improved access to information about arthritis and its management with the launch today of a new series of arthritis information sheets in fourteen different languages.

A new approach to support specialist prescribing of bDMARDs

Arthritis Australia is part of an eight-member Consortium led by NPS MedicineWise, which is the  successful recipient of the ‘Value in Prescribing biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs)’ government grant. The grant will fund a project to improve the use of bDMARDs to ensure the best health and economic outcomes from investment in these therapies. NPS…


Online resource to help sufferers ease back pain

A comprehensive tool to help people manage back pain has been developed by a team of international health experts led by University of Queensland researchers.   Following extensive consultation with people living with lower back pain (LBP), was launched today to provide tailored, trustworthy information not readily found elsewhere. UQ School of Health and…


Musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, now the most costly disease group in Australia

The health system cost of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, was $12.5 billion in 2015-16, up from $5.7 billion in 2008-09. The cost of these conditions has more than doubled in less than a decade and has well and truly eclipsed the cost of cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental health conditions. ‘We simply cannot continue to ignore…


$120,000 scholarship to combat ‘serious shortage’ of paediatric rheumatologists in Australia so kids with arthritis get the care they need

On offer is a two-year scholarship to support paediatricians and paediatric trainees interested in training in paediatric rheumatology.  The scholarship will be equivalent to the salary and on-costs of the position to which they are appointed, to a maximum of A$120,000 per year up to two years.

Labor commits $2.1 million to fund arthritis educators

Arthritis Australia welcomes the commitment by the Australian Labor Party, if elected, to provide $2.1 million to fund arthritis educators. The commitment is set out in a letter from the Hon Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, to Arthritis Australia. Letter from the Hon Catherine King to Arthritis Australia In welcoming the commitment,…

PIDA Accessible Packaging Design Special Award 2019

The inaugural winner of PIDA Accessible Packaging Design Special Award 2019 was announced on Tuesday and we are excited to reveal the SPC ProVital Fruit in Jelly Range as the GOLD winner! The innovative product was specifically designed to improve the ability of hospital patients and aged care residents to easily open and enjoy the…

Minister announces $4 million for the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis.

Arthritis Australia welcomes today’s announcement from the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, that the Commonwealth Government will invest $4 million towards the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis. Led by Arthritis Australia in partnership with key consumer and medical groups, the Action Plan outlines key priorities for preventing arthritis, investing in research…


A new pathway for Arthritis: Arthritis Australia launches National Strategic Action Plan

The Action Plan outlines key priorities for preventing arthritis, investing in research and improving treatment and support for people living with the condition. Four million Australians currently live with arthritis. It is the leading cause of chronic pain and there is no cure. Annual healthcare costs for arthritis have been estimated to exceed $5.5 billion….