We hear it often – people get told, “you have arthritis, learn to live with it” or “come back when it is worse, and we will consider surgery.” At Arthritis New Zealand, we hear all too often from people with osteoarthritis who have experienced such advice. 

Currently, over 400,000 people in New Zealand have osteoarthritis. It is associated with aging, and there is a common perception that joint replacement is an inevitable outcome. 

However management of osteoarthritis is about much more than just surgery, and Arthritis New Zealand is putting the spotlight on osteoarthritis by hosting Professor David Hunter, a recognised world expert in its management, on a speaking tour in September.  

Prof. Hunter was a principal adviser in the development of the New South Wales managing Osteoarthritis Chronic Care programme. This programme saw a reduction in surgical waitlists for joint replacement and has significant implications for how the treatment of osteoarthritis in New Zealand can be significantly improved.

While in New Zealand he will present on;

  • The social and economic impact of osteoarthritis
  • Approaches to improve its management and treatment
  • How a reduction in surgical waitlists is achieved in New South Wales

Prof. Hunter is a rheumatology clinician-researcher based in Sydney who has written and presented internationally on osteoarthritis. He will be in New Zealand from 13 to 19 September 2019 and will be available for media interviews. The speaking tour is a rare opportunity to hear from an internationally renowned authority on osteoarthritis.

If you would like to schedule an interview or find out more about the New South Wales programme please call:

Francesca Holloway
Manager Awareness and Advocacy
Arthritis New Zealand
Tel: 027 407 8493
Email: francesca.holloway@arthritis.org.nz

To find out when and where Prof. Hunter will present, please contact Adrienne.

Adrienne Walker-Regan
Philanthropy Co-ordinator
Arthritis New Zealand
Tel: 0800 663 463
Email: awr@arthritis.org.nz

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As the world went more digital in the wake of the pandemic, so did scammers. There are many types of scams out to try and catch us, and one common one is Email Phishing. Phishing is when someone tries to get personal information (like bank account numbers and passwords), from a large audience, so they can use it to impersonate or defraud people. These emails can look very real, and some will even use the branding and logos of a legitimate organisation to make the email seem genuine.

If you suspect or doubt the authenticity of any email correspondence you receive from Arthritis New Zealand, please phone 0800 663 463 and ask to speak to Joanne Taylor.

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The event caters for runners and walkers of all levels, with the Full Marathon (42.2km), Red Stag Timber off-road Half Marathon (21km) as well as a 10km and 5.5km fun run.

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Stilettos, sex and sleep- although not in that order 😉- lovely conversation 🎙️with @normanswan about high heeled shoes and pain exacerbation in hip #osteoarthritis @RadioNational https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/template/12401966

Volunteer with an organisation that has core values that resonate with your own, and gain valuable work experience at the same time.
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Valerie Milne is a Researcher and has been key in advising us on the development of our peer support programme for the newly diagnosed.

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Peg and Jacob are board members and both have inflammatory arthritis. Read about why they chose to be involved in the organisation and what volunteering means to them…
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Why do our volunteers volunteer?

Local support groups are wonderful, supportive places to meet others with Arthritis in your local community.

Here are some stories from people who volunteer in local support groups… https://www.arthritis.org.nz/2020/06/18/support-group-volunteers/

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