Living Well with Arthritis – FREE Seminars
Seminars – the following events have been postponed
- Wagga Wagga – 26th March 2020
- Dubbo: 21 May 2020
- Goulburn: 16 June 2020
In light of the growing concerns about the spread and impacts of the COVID-19 virus and following Australian Government advice, ANSW will be postponing these seminars until a later date. People who have registered for these seminars will be contacted directly.
For enquiries phone call us on 02 9857 3300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bathurst Seminar – Staying Strong with Arthritis: 15 May 2019
- Mudgee: 28 August, 2019
- Armidale: 26 September 2019, Armidale City Bowling Club, 11.30am – 12.00pm (part of the National Seniors Expo, registration not required)
BACKGROUND: THE NEED FOR SUPPORT IN RURAL NSW
For over 50 years, Arthritis NSW (ANSW) 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, ANSW has tried to address this through our Arthritis Infoline, webinars and digital information sheets downloadable from our website. ANSW 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
Subject to change, updated October 2019