Important information for people with Rheumatoid and other Inflammatory Arthritis, SLE and other autoimmune diseases in the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

UPDATED Version 3, 25 March 2020

This is GENERAL advice. If you have specific questions please contact your specialist.

We understand that many of you are feeling particularly vulnerable and anxious because you have chronic illnesses and take medications that may affect the immune system so hope this information will help.

As your health care providers all members of the Australian Rheumatology Association, (rheumatologists, nurses, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and other allied health providers), are keen to provide you with information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. As more information becomes available, this document will be updated. Click here for full statement.

UPDATED: Advice regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) from the Australian Rheumatology Association

17th March 2020

Due to the increasing number of infections in Australia from Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are aware of growing concerns raised by patients with chronic illnesses and medications that affect their immune system. Currently, there is no specific advice for immune-compromised patients.

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.

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