Elections 2020: Advocating for People with Arthritis

Will they Commit?

Ask political parties their policies on improving services for people with arthritis

Elections 2020: Advocating for People with Arthritis

Will your Party commit?

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Osteoarthritis

Will your Party commit to developing a national action plan to improve preventative services for people with osteoarthritis and require DHBs to report on progress?

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Gout Arthritis

Will your party commit to developing a national action plan to improve treatment and ongoing management of gout arthritis and require DHBs to report on progress?

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Will your party commit to improving access to rheumatology services throughout New Zealand and require DHBs to report on progress?

The Three Main Forms of Arthritis in New Zealand

We chose to focus on the three main forms of arthritis; osteoarthritis, gout arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The best way to make an impact is to have people ask the same question so we begin to create some awareness of major concerns for people with arthritis. This will also enable us to follow up with each party after the election, remembering that our advocacy continues after the election. Below are the information sheets for each of the three conditions.

Osteoarthritis

Gout Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

How Can You Help Make a Difference?

We need you to send a message about arthritis to relevant politicians. We have created a letter generator that will help you send a message – all you need to do is add a personal touch in 100 words or less about why arthritis care is important to you.

We have developed letters for the three main forms of arthritis; Osteoarthritis, Gout Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. For each of these, there is a question that we are asking supporters to send to the health spokespeople of each of the main political parties. People with other forms of arthritis will be able to send their stories and questions to health spokespeople as well – just use one of the three main questions as a starting point for your letter.

Karen (age 70) from Dunedin is retired after many years working in and around the health care sector. She is currently involved in her local community health council. Karen has Osteoarthritis and CPPD and wants the government to know the barriers that having arthritis gives people. Read Karen’s Story

Karen, age 70

Osteoarthritis

Jasmine (age 18) was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and plans to use this year’s election to promote the health priorities of people with lifelong chronic conditions that impact their physical ableness. “As a first-time voter, I am excited to be involved and participate in this year’s election.” Read Jasmine’s Story

Jasmine, age 18

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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