What are the community education programs?

For people living with a chronic health condition such as arthritis, the health system can seem impersonal and impractical. An inhibiting factor to patients feeling involved in their own health care is the prevailing medical model that sees the patient as a passive recipient of treatment and advice. The clinical nature of medical care doesn’t take sufficient account of how people live their lives or how they’d like to. The focus is on managing disease, not promoting well-being. Community-based education programs play an important role in promoting the effective self-management of chronic health conditions such as arthritis.

How can it help me?

When delivered by a trusted organisation such as Arthritis NSW, there are multiple benefits for participants:

  • a better understanding of their disease – the causes and affects
  • knowledge about self-managements strategies
  • skills and tips on how to implement self-management strategies
  • opportunities for peer education and support
  • ability to connect with the health-trained facilitator for further referral
  • evidence-based and consumer friendly information resources for ongoing reference
  • confidence and motivation to initiate beneficial lifestyle change.
Our Free Monthly Webinars

Webinars are a fantastic way to learn ways to improve your health in the comfort of your home or office. Our webinar series deliver information about healthy lifestyles, diet, exercise, pain management and other key issues related to living with arthritis and osteoporosis. What is also great is that you can ask questions of the expert live.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • 10.30am (NSW), Monday 4 July
  • 7.30pm (NSW), Tuesday 19 July
  • 12.30pm (NSW), Thursday 28 July

Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) and Arthritis explores the most common types of alternative therapies claimed to help with Arthritis. To increase your awareness and ability to sift through a the sea of CAM information out there, this webinar will also provide tips on how to look out for fake science and misinformation.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Arthritis and Pain

  • 7.30pm (NSW), Tuesday 9 August

This workshop will take a deeper dive into what CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is, how it works, and you will be provided with the opportunity to workshop how you may use CBT in the context of arthritis. This workshop is good for those people who live with arthritis and are wanting to learn how to manage their pain, depressed mood, and/or negative thoughts through challenging and changing the way they think. This is not a therapy session, however, is aimed at providing you with some CBT tools to help manage the mental wellbeing side of a chronic condition.


  • 10.30am (NSW), Monday 15 August

You asked, we listened! This webinar is geared towards learning about Osteoporosis; what is it, how and who gets it, prevention, treatment, and management. It will also include information about falls prevention.


Exercises for Arthritis: Joint Specific – Part 1: Lower limb – Hip, knee and ankle/foot

  • 10.30am (NSW), Tuesday 13 September

Exercises for Arthritis: Joint Specific – Part 2: Upper limb – Spine, shoulder and hand

  • 10.30am (NSW), Tuesday 20 September

Using our Get Moving! PLUS resources, we will be talking about specific joint exercises or movements that may be beneficial to those with arthritis. Some of these exercises will be explained and demonstrated during the session – you can join in!


Arthritis & Co-morbidities

  • 10.30am (NSW), Monday 10 October
  • 7.30pm (NSW), Tuesday 18 October

This webinar will:

  • provide a broad understanding of the many diverse types of arthritis
  • discuss the relationship between types of arthritis with common comorbidities (e.g., fibromyalgia, other autoimmune conditions, lifestyle diseases)
  • provide information about health-related issues of long-term medications

Dealing with Your Diagnosis

  • 10.30am (NSW) Monday 14 November

This webinar will cover:

  • information about grief (related to chronic illness), depression, and ways to cope
  • how to explain your condition to family and friends (for those with JIA to adult RA, OA and a few others)
  • the work environment and arthritis
  • tips for caregivers and partners

Rheumatic Autoimmune conditions: Navigating relationships, sex, and family planning

  • 7.30pm (NSW), Tuesday 22 November

This webinar is specifically targeted to people who have been diagnosed with an RA condition and are looking for information about how to navigate the relationship with their significant other, sex, and family planning. We realise these topics are sensitive and may be hard to talk about it, but they are rea life issues that ASNW feel should be addressed. Please come along to this safe space to learn and share.

Exercise, Physical Activity & Arthritis
Pain Management
Sleep Management
Complementary Medicines
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Arthritis and Pain
Exercises for Arthritis: Joint Specific – Part 1: Lower limb
Exercises for Arthritis: Joint Specific – Part 2: Upper limb
Arthritis & Co-morbidities
Dealing with Your Diagnosis
Rheumatic Autoimmune conditions: Navigating relationships, sex, and family planning
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