New go-to guide for kids battling juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) – 12 November 2017
A debilitating, invisible disease that afflicts hundreds of Tasmanian children is the target of a new guidebook for parents, launched today in Hobart.
One in 1000 children suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), affecting their joints, eyes, skin and muscles.
The new JIA guidebook, developed by Arthritis Australia, will be distributed to parents across the nation.
JIA is as common as childhood diabetes but is often dismissed as growing pains, and diagnosed late, taking a huge mental and emotional toll on the children and their parents.