Being diagnosed with arthritis can be a confusing experience. It is quite normal to feel relief, worry, anger, anxiety or confusion.
Diagnosis is not usually the start, or the end, of your life with arthritis. There are many things you can do to help yourself live well with your arthritis condition.
Many people newly diagnosed with arthritis have asked to talk with someone who has lived with arthritis for a number of years. Arthritis New Zealand has a team of volunteers who are trained to provide phone-based support. Email us or call 0800 663 463 and we will arrange for a volunteer to call you at a mutually convenient time.
If you have questions about your diagnosis or treatment call our Arthritis Educators.
Information about your arthritis can be found here: Forms of Arthritis New Zealand
You might want to know more about what you can do for yourself. Visit our Treatment & Management page for more information.
Events in the Community
People who are newly diagnosed with arthrtis are welcome to join one of our community events going on throughout the year.
Come along and learn more about arthritis and self-care, including pain management, exercise and much more. Presenter: Robyn Tuohy, Arthritis Educator Monday 2 October 2017
Come along and learn more about arthritis and self-care, including pain management, exercise and much more. Presenter: Robyn Tuohy, Arthritis Educator Tuesday 10 October 2017
The Rethink Pain Workshop (Whakatane) Running each fortnight, each event is a standalone session that requires RSVP booking to secure your place. The event is run by the Whakatane Hospital and the Disability Resource Centre in Whakatane
Rotorua Water Based Exercise Polynesian Spa Pool Hinemoa St, Rotorua 3010 Mondays 8.30am Rotorua Support Group. Laurie Breadmore 07 345 6004 *Also known as ‘immersion classes’ *To register or for more information please contact Laurie Breadmore 07...
Arthritis New Zealand delivers 5 exercise classes in Christchurch each week. Up to 30 people attend each of these classes. The exercises are led by a physiotherapist under contract to Arthritis New Zealand, but each class is overseen by two trained volunteers.
On April 1 1986, the local members of Arthritis New Zealand handed over an amazing $10,000 at the opening of the Ted Elliot Memorial Pool. That began the 30 years of water based exercise classes for the people of Whangarei, and in particular those with arthritis....
Brochures to download
At Arthritis New Zealand we have a number of brochures on all the main types of arthritis from rheumatoid arthritis to ankylosing spondylitis. You can download them below (Acrobat pdf files). These are free of charge.
Forms of Arthritis
Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving
Arthritis New Zealand and Physiotherapy New Zealand have combined their expertise to produce a new exercise guide entitled Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving. The new guide provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for exercises that will greatly benefit people with arthritis or a rheumatology condition which is affecting their joints or muscles.
- Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving (.pdf, 1.7MB)
At Arthritis New Zealand we have a number of exercise resources available for purchase, including videos, CDs, DVDs, and books. Gentle exercise is vital to managing your arthritis successfully. These resources have been specifically designed for people with arthritis, and are a great way to stay fit and retain mobility.
Let’s Mobilise is an audio exercise programme that provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Exercises are split into two sections, the first providing a series of exercise that are a bit more vigorous and are designed to be dome while standing or sitting. The second series is designed to be more gentle, are designed to be done while laying down, and can be done when your joints are painful or if you are having a flare.
Keep Moving is a DVD programme of exercises specifically designed for people with arthritis and help to maintain joint flexibility. Edited and approved by the Rheumatology Unit at Hutt Hospital in Wellington, it provides easy-to-follow exercises and runs for approximately 27 minutes.
Home Based Exercise Programme
Home Based Exercise Programme is a DVD exercise programme to improve strength, flexibility, balance and keep you mobile. The DVD allows you to conduct the entire programme or select specific areas (Warm up, shoulders, legs, neck, and hands and wrists). Instructions are provided in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Hindi. Members of Arthritis New Zealand receive a 50% discount on the price of all exercise resources. What are you waiting for? Please call (04) 472 1427 to make your order. You can also download and print the Arthritis New Zealand Exercise Resources Order Form by clicking here. Please mail to us at Reception at:
Arthritis New Zealand
PO Box 10-020
The Terrace Wellington, 6143