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Arthritis South Australia - we're here to help you

Welcome to Arthritis South Australia. We are a charitable organisation here to support you, whether you have arthritis and are in pain, have difficulty moving as well as you would like to, or if you want to help someone close to you who suffers from arthritis.

Arthritis South Australia is committed to improving the quality of life of people with arthritis and related conditions. They can be babies, because sadly even kids get arthritis too, through to the elderly. We are dedicated to reducing the social and economic burdens of arthritis. We do this by funding research, providing education and giving support. We also create awareness about arthritis and advocate on behalf of people with arthritis at all levels of government.

This website gives you information about some of the more common types of arthritis, provides information and tips to help you manage arthritis, showcases cutting edge research, offers details on courses that you can book into, ...and much more.

Arthritis South Australia is a member based organisation that relies upon both memberships and donations to fund its many activities. We hope you find the information here useful and we welcome feedback about how our website can best serve you. We also welcome donations.

Thank you!

Conquer Kangaroo Island to conquer arthritis

Information night 6PM TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER 2016, Arthritis SA, 118 Richmond Rd, Marleston 

The remote and spectacular new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail will be traversed by a small band of people wanting to draw attention to arthritis and raise money for research into treatments in 2017.

These will be everyday Australians, of all ages and currently all levels of fitness. Most will not ever have thought of doing such a trek, until reading this.

The adventure, in early October 2017, will cover more than 60 kilometres and take in breathtaking vantage points along Kangaroo Island's south-western coastline. It will be four days of camping and camaraderie between eight to 10 people on one of the world's newest and most exciting hiking trails. There is a limit to the number of people on the trail at any time so seclusion in nature's wonderland is all but guaranteed.

This is the first time Arthritis SA has picked a "home" destination for its trek, held every two years. Previous treks have honed in on destinations like China, India and New Zealand.

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Arthritis SA wants to hear from you in our 2016 Member and User Survey

The survey that helps Arthritis SA assess its current activities and services and which forms the basis of future activities and services can be filled in now, anonymously, on-line.

The 2016 Member & Service User Survey, being coordinated by Arthritis SA funded researcher Dr Elizabeth Hoon, will also provide the foundation with comparisons with previous survey findings that will enable it to review its progess.

This is the first time the survey is being offered on-line across multiple media channels, and it uses the highly reputable survey software, Survey Monkey. That means you can either access the survey via this website, through Arthritis SA's facebook page, or via an email being sent to everyone who gets Arthritis SA's e-news.

A paper option of the survey is also available to download in the News & Publications section - News - of this website. The paper option will also be posted to members with the Spring edition of its magazine.

Arthritis SA asks people who are techno-savvy to take advantage of the electronic link and fill in the survey on-line in preference to the paper version, to save on postage costs.

Your feedback is valuable to Arthritis SA. We ask you to respond to the survey only once, whether it be on paper or electronically.

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Consumers and health professionals needed

University of South Australia - abc-sets - Agreed Basic Care: Standards and Electronic Tools

Expressions of interest required

Researchers from the University of South Australia are inviting health care professionals and consumers with an interest in common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain and osteoarthritis to participate in a 20-minute phone interview. The aims of the project are to craft and test a novel method for developing clinical standards of appropriate care for a range of common conditions including back pain and osteoarthritis.

During the interview, you will be asked for your thoughts on:

  • existing recommendations for care ie clinical practice guidelines
  • their strengths and limitations
  • potential improvements
  • a proposed new method for developing clinical standards and indicators

Contact the abc-sets Project Manager Dr Louise Wiles on 0417 197 930 or email for more information. Participants will receive a Coles Myer or Westfield gift voucher in appreciation of their time.

Know your bones launch

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Osteoporosis Australia has launched the Know Your Bones online tool which provides a personalised estimate of bone fracture risk. Evidence-based and consumer-friendly, it takes approximately five minutes to complete, and aims to empower consumers to initiate discussions about bone health and osteoporosis with their GP.

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2016 Aussie Escape lottery winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2016 Aussie Escape Lottery, which was drawn on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at Arthritis SA.

First prize: T.Temby (18718), Second prize: J.Warley (6171), Third prize: R.Soulsby (2732), Fourth prize: S.Leinonen (11927)

All fantastic prizes have been provided by the Australian Holiday Centre, located at 75 King William Street, Adelaide.

Arthritis SA would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket or book in the lottery. Your support is very much appreciated.

STOP PRESS: Arthritis SA issues caution over phone drug seller

Arthritis South Australia is warning people to be cautious if they receive phone calls from someone claiming to be a doctor who tries to sell them “medications” to treat arthritis.

Arthritis SA CEO, Julie Black, said no “medication” for arthritis should be taken without consulting personally with a health care professional.

“People could place themselves at serious harm, leave themselves open to a scam, or simply pay money for no benefit if they take a product touted over a phone line, or available through the internet,” Mrs Black said.

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Make Every Step Count

Limber up, be a hero and get ready to make a difference to your own life and the lives of those you love by taking part in Time to Move 2016.

At its core is a challenge for you to walk 10,000 steps a day for 7 days and put a spring in your step and life. That is the recommended number of steps that should be walked each day to keep fit and healthy.

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Welcome to our new Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Tracy Rose

The position of paediatric rheumatology nurse at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital is like “a perfect storm of a job” for Tracy Rose, who started work in the position in March.

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Promising new scleroderma research

New research could lead to more targeted treatments for sufferers of a rare but debilitating auto-immune disease, a PhD student studying in Adelaide says.

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Arthritis pain in adults

Arthritis pain & osteoarthritis

Arthritis pain & children

One in four South Australians suffers from arthritis