Arthritis Foundation of the ACT (Incorporating Osteoporosis ACT)

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Area of Impact: Health Care


Two thirds of the people in the Australian Capital Territory who suffer from Arthritis are of working age or below, including 3 year old Canberra boy Ronan.

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At 2 years and 8 months of age Ronan was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, an autoimmune type of arthritis. As a baby he screamed and cried much more than was normal, he experienced tummy upsets, fevers, rashes and was unable to crawl. Now that he can talk, he now says ‘the bees are stinging’ or ‘the sharks are biting’ to describe his joint pain. His treatment involves the use of powerful drugs, some of which involve injections and infusions into his bloodstream. A lot of pain for a little boy!

The Arthritis Foundation of the ACT supports sufferers of arthritis of all ages including Ronan’s family by providing community services including regular community education programs, support groups, advocacy for better services, exercise programs and self management courses.

With the end of financial year fast approaching I invite you to give generously to our “Tax Time Appeal” so we can continue to provide valuable services to the people of the Canberra region.

Arthritis ACT is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the quality of life of people in the ACT who are suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions. It was established in 1977 and is affiliated with Arthritis Australia and other State and/or Territory Arthritis Foundations.

Our Mission is to be a dynamic, credible and viable organisation providing quality services, contributing to research, and improving the health and wellbeing of people in the ACT and surrounding regions with arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions.

In order to promote the role of Arthritis ACT and be able to sustain relevant, quality services to the community, we need the support of people in the Canberra Region.

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