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Information about the abatacept (Orencia®) Shortage

There are currently shortages of abatacept (Orencia®) products in Australia. If you are currently taking abatacept (Orencia®), these shortages may affect your treatment.

The 1 in 7 Australians living with arthritis need more support – Arthritis Australia launches its election platform

During the 2022 federal election, Arthritis Australia sent a copy of our election platform and campaign flag to every federal MP and senator. Hundreds of consumers used our campaign website to email their local MP to tell them about the impact of arthritis in the community and advocate for more support. We also asked the…

Consumer Webinar: Arthritis, COVID-19 and you – answering your questions on vaccines, boosters and medicines for kids and adults

It can be hard to keep up with the health advice on COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, fourth shots, and new treatments like antivirals that can help immunocompromised people who become infected. So Arthritis Australia and the Australian Rheumatology Association have brought together a panel of experts to answer your questions. When: This webinar was recorded on…

Children and families with arthritis struggle with high out of pocket costs

Arthritis Australia is calling for more affordable access to health services for children with juvenile arthritis, as a parliamentary inquiry today looks into the impacts of the condition on thousands of Australian children. An Arthritis Australia survey found that in addition to the serious physical and mental health impacts of juvenile arthritis, families are struggling with…

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Experiencing delays in receiving scripts and biologic medication? Tell us in our survey!

During 2020 and 2021, some people on biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions have reported long delays in receiving their scripts and access to their medication. The Consumer Advisory Committees of Arthritis Australia and Musculoskeletal Australia want to know if you have also experienced similar delays and what the…

Calls for change as inaccessible product design impacts the independence of consumers with chronic conditions and disability

The Accessible Product Design Alliance, a group of 11 not-for-profit health consumer organisations, has released a joint position statement to highlight the struggle with inaccessible products and packaging experienced by their 5 million consumers living with chronic conditions and disability across Australia and New Zealand. The Alliance is focused on raising up their consumers’ voices…

New hub launches for 200,000 Australians living with psoriatic arthritis

Australians living with psoriatic arthritis can now become active and informed participants in their journey with the disease through a new online hub, launched today by Arthritis Australia. Those engaging with the free hub, MyPsA will be able to build individually tailored profiles, access customised information about their condition, and link with relevant support services. Psoriatic arthritis…

New CEO appointed for Arthritis Australia

The Board of Arthritis Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Smithers as our new Chief Executive Officer Chair of the Board, Kristine Riethmiller said, “I know I speak for the entire Board when I say we are excited to have secured the services of an outstanding candidate. Jonathan brings a wealth of…

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Reducing opioid harm through regulatory changes – Information for consumers, patients and carers

The Australian Government, through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) within the Department of Health, is implementing a number of regulatory changes in order to minimise the harms caused by opioid prescription medicines to Australians each year. The changes will ensure the safe and effective prescribing and use of opioids while maintaining access for patients who…

Arthritis Australia launches ground-breaking Rheumatoid Arthritis patient-support website

Arthritis Australia, in partnership with the Australian Rheumatology Association, has launched a new online rheumatoid arthritis patient-support website. The free MyRA website provides individually tailored information designed to help people seize control and become active participants in their journey with the disease.