Rural Health Program 2019/2020


Living Well with Arthritis – FREE Seminars

The Living Well with Arthritis seminar will deliver education and practical tips for self management of arthritis. This will include current information on a comprehensive range of topics, including exercise, nutrition and pain management. Bookings are essential, see below for further information and to register.

 

Seminars
Booking essential, for enquiries or to register over the phone call us on 02 9857 3300 or email us at info@arthritisnsw.org.au
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Past events

  • Bathurst Seminar – Staying Strong with Arthritis: 15 May 2019
  • Mudgee: 28 August, 2019

 

BACKGROUND: THE NEED FOR SUPPORT IN RURAL NSW

For over 50 years, Arthritis & Osteoporosis (AONSW) has been helping people to manage their condition to get the most out of their lives. Our programs help people to better understand their conditions, relieve their pain, improve their range of movement and enjoy greater overall health.

Sadly, national health trends indicate that more and more Australians are developing this debilitating disease. Research tells us that one in four people across all stages of life are now affected by arthritis, impacting their livelihood and personal lives.

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of health services in rural NSW. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, people in remote and rural areas have a significantly reduced life expectancy and poorer outcomes on leading indicators of health as a result of the scarcity of health services. To date, AONSW has tried to address this through our Arthritis Infoline, webinars and digital information sheets downloadable from our website. AONSW has long sought to service all people living with arthritis in NSW equitably, however has historically been obstructed in this endeavour by the challenges of geography and resources.

Through the generosity of donors, these funds have been used to develop a rural health education program, to be delivered at rural centres in NSW. It is hoped that these events will also give people the opportunity to create networks for ongoing local support.

The education delivery ranges from the distribution of simple booklets and information sheets on arthritic conditions and its management, to group-based education presentations, physical demonstrations and forums.

The education sessions are co-run with local community organisations tailored to suit each individual event, all fitting the overall theme: LIVING WELL WITH ARTHRITIS. The program will cover:

> Arthritis Management
> Pain Management
> Exercising with Arthritis
> Nutrition

Subject to change, updated 30.7.19

 

FOR INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE RURAL HEALTH INITIATIVE EVENTS,
PLEASE CALL US ON 02 9857 3300 OR EMAIL US AT INFO@ARTHRITISNSW.ORG.AU

To donate to the Rural Health Appeal for the 2019 program, click here