Nearly four million Australians of all ages are affected by arthritis, and this number is expected to almost double by 2050. It is the most significant cause of pain and disability in Australia, forcing many to take early retirement, at significant financial, social and emotional cost.
Arthritis NSW offers education, support and health services to empower people suffering from arthritis to improve the quality of their lives. These include the Arthritis Infoline, camps for children with juvenile arthritis and their families, Rural Health Program, publications, educational events, gentle-exercise classes and public awareness campaigns. Your support will go towards delivery of these services and development of new programs.
Whether you choose to make a once-off donation, become a regular giver, support our work through a corporate partnership, or leave a gift in your Will, your contribution will be greatly appreciated by the people we support.
Ways our services help our community
“My involvement with Arthritis NSW has been exceptionally good for me. I was involved in a local support group which helped me to look beyond my arthritis and focus on who, how, and what I can do to help others. My daughter and I raised $6,400 for Arthritis NSW running the City to Surf and I’m a workplace giver through my employer Australia Post.” Jacqueline Payne, valued Member and supporter of Arthritis NSW who has lived with psoriatic arthritis for over eight years.
“I am finding the warm water exercises absolutely marvelous. Jess (our physio instructor at Lane Cove Physio) is a very lovely person, with great expertise, and for the first time in some 25 years or so I am able to manage so many tasks that I hadn’t bee able to do comfortably, due to the constant and debilitating pain of osteoarthritis. I plan to continue with the classes for as long as I possibly can. Many thanks for these wonderful programs. I now have much more confidence that I will continue to be independent, remaining active and in my beloved home for many decades to come.” Christine, participant in the Arthritis NSW Warm Water Exercise class at Lane Cove.
“I’ve enjoyed a long association with Arthritis NSW. I’ve been a camper at Camp Footloose for seven years, and before that I attended Camp Twinkletoes. I also attended Camp Twinkletoes as a leader this year. I’m very happy to help Arthritis NSW raise awareness of juvenile arthritis, as I want to help other kids like me.” Tim Minny, 16, suffers from juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
“Thank you for starting the Strength & Balance exercise classes for arthritis at Epping. We have only had four classes and these have been absolutely wonderful. Bernard is such a good instructor, so helpful and really a delightful person to work with. I for one will enjoy coming to these classes in the future, and hope they will continue for a long time. I have already felt better. Thank you.” Sheila Dewhurst, participant in our inaugural Strength and Balance exercise class.