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Arthritis Australia

Arthritis Australia is a charitable not-for-profit organisation and is the peak arthritis body in Australia. It is supported by affiliate offices in every state and territory.


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


  • 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.

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.

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Last reviewed: April 2018

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At home with arthritis

When you have arthritis, joint pain and weakness can make normal activities around the home difficult

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Hands and arthritis

This sheet has been written for people whose hands are affected by arthritis. It provides general information about ways you can look after your hands and manage your symptoms. It also tells you where to find further information and advice.

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Tai chi | Arthritis Australia

What is tai chi? Tai chi is an ancient, Chinese martial art form that is practised around the world as a type of gentle exercise. It involves smooth, flowing movements to help improve the flow of life energy, or Qi (pronounced 'chee'), through your body. This is said to help create a sense of relaxation and improve or

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Uveitis in JIA | Arthritis Australia

What is uveitis? Uveitis is inflammation that occurs in the eye. Inflammation is normally one of the body's protective responses to infection or injury, but in diseases such as uveitis, uncontrolled inflammation can cause damage. Uveitis is the most common eye problem associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

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Shoulders | Arthritis Australia

What is shoulder pain? Shoulder pain is pain that is felt in the shoulder area, at the top of the arm. It is a sign that the joints, muscles or other parts of the shoulder are injured, strained or not working properly. About one in 10 people experience shoulder pain at some time in their lives. Shoulder pain is common,

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Rheumatoid arthritis | Arthritis Australia

What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling of the joints. The normal role of your body's immune system is to fight off infections to keep you healthy. In an autoimmune disease, your immune system starts attacking your own healthy tissues. In RA, the

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Teacher's guide to JIA | Arthritis Australia

At least one child in 1000 in Australia has juvenile arthritis. School and sporting activities, and partying and playing are not much fun when mobility is compromised and painful flare-ups take so much enjoyment away. Everyday tasks such as tying shoelaces, climbing stairs, writing, learning a musical instrument,

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Finding out your child has arthritis | Arthritis Australia

Finding out that your child has arthritis can be a confusing and anxious time. Your child's diagnosis may have come as a huge shock, or perhaps it has been a long, difficult journey to find out the cause of their symptoms. A child being diagnosed with arthritis was never part of a family's plans. The condition not only

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Medical management | Arthritis Australia

Arthritis can get worse if left untreated so see your doctor as early as possible to get a proper diagnosis. This will help you understand your arthritis and develop a plan for managing it. Early diagnosis and treatment can limit the effects of arthritis on your life and help you stay active and independent. There are

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (children) | Arthritis Australia

What is Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)? Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the name given to a number of types of arthritis that occur in children. The name comes from: Juvenile: referring to children under the age of sixteen years. Idiopathic: meaning the cause is unknown. Arthritis: conditions that cause

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