Improving the life of every person in New Zealand affected by arthritis
Arthritis New Zealand facilitates the provision of quality services and programmes, supporting those affected by arthritis through public awareness, information and advice, direct support, promoting the issues affecting people with arthritis and promoting research. From our offices located in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, we provide services throughout the country.
Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in New Zealand
The World Health Organisation (WHO) global burden of disease study released in 2012 showed musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, are leading causes of burden of disease internationally. While not the leading cause of death the increasing rates of osteoarthritis and lower back pain and the lower age of diagnosis for these conditions means that for individuals, the community and the government these conditions have a huge impact on the life and health of people affected..
There is no cure for arthritis, but it can usually be managed, and most people with arthritis can continue to lead productive and fulfilling lives. For the person who has been diagnosed with arthritis and for the family members who support them Arthritis New Zealand provides information, advice, support and links to others in a similar situation.
No. of people (15 years and older) with Arthritis in New Zealand (2016)
Help us influence government this election year
As it’s an election year, Arthritis New Zealand are interested in gaining community feedback about the issues that you think are important.
Please let us know what issues you would like to see brought to the attention of politicians in 2017 by completing this online survey.
Your feedback is vital to ensuring that we establish arthritis as an important health priority in the future. We have suggested some issues that may be relevant to you in the survey.
Support Arthritis New Zealand
There are many ways that you can contribute to the ongoing growth of Arthritis New Zealand