1800 011 041 – FREE CALL
Arthritis Tasmania has a free telephone information service for people with arthritis or osteoporosis; their carers or family members; health professionals; and any interested member of the public.
The helpline is staffed by specially trained volunteers who are able to answer most questions about living with arthritis or osteoporosis. We cannot provide medical advice.
Following the phone call, a free, individualised information pack can be prepared for you or your family. We also provide sample packs for health professionals, for just the cost of postage and handling.
Our friendly Helpline volunteers are available Monday to Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm on 03 6228 4824 or toll free for country callers 1800 011 041.
For more information about taking control of your arthritis, also see our arthritis page.
What is a support group?
Support groups are a way for people with arthritis, or who have experienced arthritis in their families, to come together and provide emotional and moral support for one another. People with arthritis can:
- share experiences and emotions in a safe environment
- feel understood
- know they are not alone
- give and receive support from people facing the same challenges
- exchange advice and practical tips about living with arthritis
- find new ways to solve problems
- create friendships and reduce feelings of isolation
- learn about and practice self-management.
Limitations of a support group
There are many types of arthritis, each with different, complicated treatment options. The purpose of a support group is not to provide complex medical information or recommendations for arthritis treatments. Members wanting specific information about their condition or treatment options can be encouraged to contact their doctor, rheumatologist, other health care professional or Arthritis Tasmania.
Many people joining a support group are looking for a friendly, informal source of reassurance and hope. However, if people are experiencing great emotional distress or have very complex problems, they may need more support and counselling that the group can offer. Contact Arthritis Tasmania for more advice and information about support services available for people in need.
How can Arthritis Tasmania support your group?
Arthritis Tasmania can act as a resource for your support group in many ways, including:
- providing education sessions about arthritis and osteoporosis, particularly when the group is first starting
- keeping the group up-to-date with information about arthritis
- assisting your group to find free/low cost meeting rooms and ideas for guest speakers
- helping you to resolve problems with members or other issues
- advertising your group and upcoming meetings.
For more information about Support Groups:
Consumer Education – ‘Take Charge’ Workshops
Take Charge of Pain
This evidence based program utilises the latest research and an empowering self-management approach to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and resources to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. Facilitated in two workshop sessions, Program elements include:
- What is persistent pain
- Understanding the pain cycle
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity and Pacing
- Pain Management – what works
- And much more.