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.
Arthritis, Weight and Diet
The Arthritis, Weight and Diet presentation will provide general information about how your weight may impact your arthritis symptoms and how you may change your diet to help manage them
- 10.30am (NSW) | 9.30am (QLD), Tuesday 14th February
Arthritis and Nutrition: eating well on a budget
This presentation will take a deep dive into how you can make good, nutritious choices in food selection while sticking to a budget.
- 10.30am (NSW) | 9.30am (QLD), Tuesday 21st February
Arthritis, Exercise and Physical Activity
This presentation unpacks the benefits of exercise and physical activity for arthritis. It also includes information about how much exercise you should do, what type and how you may modify your exercise or daily activities when your arthritis is causing you pain or discomfort.
- 7.30pm (NSW) | 6.30pm (QLD),Tuesday 7th March
Arthritis, and Upper Limb and Spine Exercises (Shoulder and Spine)
Using our Get Moving! PLUS resources, we will be talking about specific joint exercises or movements that may be beneficial to those with arthritis affecting the shoulder and/or spine. Some of these exercises will be explained and demonstrated during the session – you can join in!
- 10.30am (NSW) | 9.30am (QLD), Monday 13th March
Arthritis, and Lower Limb Exercises (Hip and Knee)
Using our Get Moving! PLUS resources, we will be talking about specific joint exercises or movements that may be beneficial to those with arthritis affecting the lower limb (hip and knee). Some of these exercises will be explained and demonstrated during the session – you can join in!
- 7.30pm (NSW) | 6.30pm (QLD), Monday 13th March
Hand and Foot Arthritis: Exercises
Using our Get Moving! PLUS resources, we will be talking about specific joint exercises or movements that may be beneficial to those with arthritis affecting the hand and/or foot. Some of these exercises will be explained and demonstrated during the session – you can join in!
- 7.30pm (NSW) | 6.30pm (QLD), Tuesday 21st March
Arthritis and Dealing with your Diagnosis
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, as well as tips for caregivers and partners
- 7.30pm, Tuesday 18th April
Carer Support: Caring for someone with Arthritis
This webinar takes a deeper dive into tips for caregivers and partners. Caregivers and partners who live with or look after someone with arthritis need support too. If this is you, come along to this webinar to pick up or even share some tips of how you may deal with your feelings when looking after someone with a chronic condition.
- 7.30pm, Monday 24th April
Arthritis and Alternate Therapies
This webinar discusses the efficacy of some popular alternate therapies that have been used to treat arthritis for many years. This webinar looks at the benefits, potential harms and evidence of therapies like massage therapy, needling (dry needling and acupuncture), taping and other passive therapies in the treatment of arthritis.
- 10.30am, Tuesday 9th May
Arthritis and Complementary Medicine
This webinar discusses the efficacy of popular complementary medicines that have been used to treat arthritis for many years. This webinar looks at the benefits, potential harms and evidence of Traditional Chinese Medicine, naturopathic/homeopathic remedies and other supplements, vitamins, minerals etc in the treatment of arthritis.
- 10.30am, Tuesday 16th May
Arthritis and Medicinal Cannabis
This webinar takes a deep dive into the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of arthritis related pain. We will provide up to date information about studies and trials, benefits of use and where you may find such products.
- 7.30pm, Tuesday 23rd May
Arthritis & Weight Loss with Diet
Circling back to diet/nutrition and weight loss for arthritis, this webinar will focus on how you can lose weight by changing your diet. The webinar will cover energy in/out mechanisms, reasons why you may not be losing weight, how to read food labels, differences in low fat vs low sugar and more.
- 10.30am, Tuesday 13th June
Arthritis and Gut Health
You are what you eat – including your gut microbiome! This webinar investigates the gut health and arthritis relationship; just another reason to be conscientious of what’s on your plate.
- 10.30am, Tuesday 27th June
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