Support Groups

Online Support Groups

If you have arthritis, sometimes it helps to talk to people who understand exactly what you are going through. Our online support groups are a great way to connect with other people facing the challenges of life with arthritis.

Safe: Our online communities are moderated by staff and volunteers to make sure information is accurate and reliable.

Supportive: Living with arthritis doesn’t mean your life is only about arthritis. Our communities are where friendships are forged.

Secure: Our online communities are closed groups. They are private spaces where people can talk in confidence

Swell Gals

Are you a woman living with arthritis? Our Swell Gals group provides support and education to the newly diagnosed and is a safe place where women with arthritis can share their stories, new and ongoing. It’s a place to work through the maze of doctors appointments, medications, side effects, symptom management, complications and disappointments. A place to celebrate success stories when treatments work and times of remission are achieved and when personal goals are reached.

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Men’s Support Group

The Arthritis Queensland Men’s Support Group is designed to help men living with arthritis connect. Whether you are trying to work your way through a new diagnosis, considering surgery or have questions about life with arthritis – the men’s group members are happy to share experiences, give advice and share a joke or two along the way.

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Parents’ Support Group

Juvenile Arthritis comes in many different forms but it is always life changing for the children and families it effects.  This online community for parents and carers of children diagnosed with any form of arthritis is a safe and understanding space for people to connect, seek support and know that you are not alone.

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Face-to-Face Support Groups

There are a number of Arthritis NSW support groups operating across NSW. These are comprised of members who join together to support each other and to gain knowledge and understanding about managing their condition. Our support groups are the local face of Arthritis NSW in their communities. They work tirelessly to promote awareness and educate the community about arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. They are vital to our fundraising activities, too.

Most groups get together monthly and discuss various topics related to arthritis and other musculosketal conditions. Most importantly these groups offer support and build friendships.

Following is a list of our current support groups. If there isn’tt one in your area and you would like to start one, please give us a call on 02 9857 3300 or email friends@arthritisnsw.org.au to find out how you can get involved.

Bathurst

2nd Thursday @ 10am Monthly (ring to confirm)
Bathurst RSL, 114 Rankin St, Bathurst
Nelma: 0431 829 709

Cooma

Stay tuned

Cowra 

1st Tuesday of every month (ring to confirm)
Cowra Bowling Club, 27 Vaux Street, Cowra
Christine: 0427 423 596

Dubbo

2nd Thursday @ 2pm Monthly (ring to confirm)
Western Star Hotel, Erskine Street, Dubbo
Heather: 02 6887 2359

Holroyd/Merrylands

4th Wednesday @ 10am monthly (ring to confirm)
Club Merrylands Bowling, Newman Street, Merrylands
Sharon: 0412 526 704

Kincumber 

Last Friday @ 10am Monthly (ring to confirm)
Brentwood Village Auditorium, Scaysbrook Dr, Kincumber
Jeannette: 0418 226 891

Long Jetty

Please contact Arthritis NSW if you are interested in becoming a Convenor of this Support Group and setting up regular meetings: 02 9857 3300.

Macarthur

1st Wednesday @ 10am Monthly (ring to confirm)
Campbelltown Catholic Club, 20-22 Camden Rd, Campbelltown
Charmaine: 0423 500 066

Maitland 

Please contact Arthritis NSW if you are interested in becoming a Convenor of this Support Group and setting up regular meetings: 02 9857 3300.

Newcastle 

Please contact Arthritis NSW if you are interested in becoming a Convenor of this Support Group and setting up regular meetings: 02 9857 3300.

Nowra

1st Thursday 10am
Zest Café, Shop 2, Holt Centre, 29 Kinghorne Street, Nowra (ring for details)
Gary : 02 4423 3633

Parkes

Last Tuesday @ 10.00am Monthly
Pink Orchid Café, 16-18 Busman St, Parkes
Heather: 0447 652 267 or Pauline: 0403 578 769

Penrith 

2nd Wednesday @ 9.30am Monthly (ring to confirm)
Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale Street Penrith
Jan: 02 4722 5940

Ryde 

4th Thursday each month @ 1pm (ring to confirm)
Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, Ryedale Rd, West Ryde
Mary:  0402 257 568

Wagga Wagga 

1st Thursday @ 1pm monthly
Rules Club, Cnr Fernleigh & Glenfield Roads, Glenfield Park
Lorraine: 02 6926 3203

Warilla/Shellharbour Branch

3rd Thursday @ 1.30pm Monthly (ring to confirm)
Warilla Bowling Club, Jason Ave, Barrack Heights
Sheila: 02 4296 1340

Woy Woy 

3rd Tuesday @ 10.30am Monthly (ring to confirm)
Ettalong Bowling Club, 103 Springwood Street, Ettalong
Heather: 0423 017 450