If you require additional information, the following organisations may be able to help.
Paediatric Rheumatology Network
The Paediatric Rheumatology Network (PRN) website is a collaboration of organisations that includes The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW.
PRN was established in 2015 to improve care for children and young people with rheumatologic disorders through the implementation of a best practice model of care. The Model of Care for the Paediatric Rheumatology Network is published by the Agency for Clinical Innovation.
Visit the PRN website at: http://www.prn.org.au/
For information on Arthritis Australia’s programs and research, the Accessible Design Division, Advocacy & Policy, and more, visit:
For information on Osteoporosis Australia’s research activities and more, visit:
State and territory government services
Use this portal to find out about assistance that could be offered by state and territory departments of: ageing, disability, education, health and transport.
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 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.
Comprehensive guide to what federally-funded health services are available under the Medicare scheme:
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: www.healthyactive.gov.au/internet/healthyactive/publishing.nsf/Content/healthyweight
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:
This is a tool developed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. It 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.
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:
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
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: