Tasmanians with arthritis deserve better. The time has come to act.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis has released its Election Priorities Statement 2021, calling on the next elected Tasmanian Government to immediately act to improve arthritis information, education, treatment and support. In particular, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania calls for a commitment to:

  1. Development of a strategic, cohesive and appropriately resourced musculoskeletal model of care for Tasmania as an immediate priority. Central to this model will be the establishment of a State-wide Musculoskeletal Triaging and Assessment Service (MTAS) – a single point of entry for rheumatology referrals, assessment and treatment pathways.
  2. Establishment of an appropriately resourced multi-disciplinary specialist rheumatology and persistent pain service (1FTE rheumatologist, with allied health service support) based in Launceston to improve access and health outcomes for those living in the north and north west regions of Tasmania.
  3. Additional resourcing of Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania to extend its evidence-based community education and self-management programs to the north and north west regions.

To download Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania’s Election Priorities Statement 2021, click here
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COVID-19 Vaccination for Rheumatology Patients

The Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) has provided an updated Q&A information sheet on COVID-19 vaccination for rheumatology patients. The sheet covering questions such as Why is it important for me to have the vaccine?; Will the drugs that I take for my condition affect the way the vaccine works? and When will people with rheumatology conditions receive the vaccine? Can be downloaded here.

Minister announces $4 million for the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania welcomes the announcement on 27/3/19 from the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, that the Commonwealth Government will invest $4 million towards the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis. Led by Arthritis Australia in partnership with key consumer and medical groups, the Action Plan outlines key priorities for preventing arthritis, investing in research and improving treatment and support for people living with the condition. For more information click here.


The Joint Movement
Strength Training Program

Take the first step to a healthier you. The Joint Movement Strength Training Program is a 12 week group exercise program led by a trained exercise professional. Program includes a pre-exercise assessment. Vacancies are currently available in programs at Clarence,  Glenorchy and Kingston.

Cost: $10 per session
Bookings: (03) 6228 4824

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Would you like to gain or further develop your professional knowledge and skills in the areas of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions?
Arthritis Essentials is a competency based, nationally accredited unit of competency, designed to provide healthcare professionals working with or supporting people with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, with an easily accessible means of professional development.

Continuously available online at

For more information click here.