The Arthritis Foundation of Australia, which began as the Australian Rheumatism Council, is an advocacy, research and fundraising body. It aims to improve the quality of life of people who have arthritis or a related condition, those who care for them, and people at risk of developing arthritis, by reducing and preventing the effects of musculoskeletal disorders.

Arthritis Foundations in every State and Territory provide group meetings, a range of activities and talks, and self-management programs for both arthritis and osteoporosis. In these programs people learn about medications and develop strategies to manage their condition such as balancing exercise and rest, managing stress, and undertaking physical treatments such as hydrotherapy and physiotherapy.

The Arthritis Foundation produces fact sheets on forms of arthritis and treatments, endorsed where appropriate by the Australian Rheumatology Association. The Foundation seeks cures, preventions and better treatments by supporting scientific and medical research into arthritis.

Contacts

National office
Arthritis Foundation of Australia
GPO Box 121
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Phone: (02) 9552 6085; 1800 011 041 free call
Fax: (02) 9552 6078
Web site: www.arthritisfoundation.com.au

Arthritis ACT
PO Box 4017
WESTON ACT 2611
Phone: (02) 6288 4244
E-mail: afact@austarmetro.com.au

Arthritis NSW
Locked Bag 16, Post Office
NORTH PARRAMATTA NSW 2151
Phone: (02) 9683 1622
E-mail: info@arthritisnsw.org.au

Arthritis NT
6 Caryota Court
COCONUT GROVE NT 0810
Phone: (08) 8948 5232
E-mail: afnt@telstra.com

Arthritis QLD
PO Box 2121
WINDSOR QLD 4030
Phone: (07) 3857 4200; 1800 011 041 free call
E-mail: info@arthritis.org.au

Arthritis SA
118 Richmond Road
MARLESTON SA 5033
Phone: (08) 8379 5711
E-mail: info@arthritissa.org.au

Arthritis TAS
Box 30 McDougall Building
Ellerslie Road
BATTERY POINT TAS 7004
Phone: (03) 6224 4755; 1300 650 647 infoline
E-mail: hobart@arthritistasmania.com.au

Arthritis VIC
263-265 Kooyong Rd
ELSTERNWICK VIC 3185
Phone: (03) 8531 8000; 1800 011 141 free call
E-mail: afv@arthritisvic.org.au

Arthritis WA
PO Box 34
WEMBLEY WA 6014
Phone: (08) 9388 2199
E-mail: general@arthritiswa.org.au