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National Arthritis Week: an opportunity for a better quality of life.



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Stephen Smith Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing

Annette Ellis Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors Shadow Minister Assisting on Disabilities

MEDIA RELEASE

Monday, 7 April 2003

National Arthritis Week - an opportunity for a better quality of life

National Arthritis Week is a wonderful opportunity for people with arthritis to learn more about

their condition and how to best manage their symptoms.

The Arthritis Foundation has organised activities such as seminars and picnics across Australia

this week.

Over two million Australians suffer from arthritis, of which the most common forms are

osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Although arthritis is more common in the elderly and in women, it can affect people of any age -

including children.

Although there is no cure for this serious and debilitating disease, there are many treatments and

managements techniques which people can use to minimise their pain and suffering. This

includes gentle exercise, medication and surgery.

People with arthritis should consult with their medical practitioner to ensure that they have the

best management program.

The Arthritis Foundation has an office in each State/Territory which can provide useful information

for people with arthritis, those who care for them and those at risk of developing arthritis. The

Foundation’s free national contact number is 1800 011 041.

FOR INFORMATION OR COMMENT CONTACT:

Victoria Toulkidis (Annette Ellis) 0413 459 030 Kirsten Andrews (Stephen Smith) 0407 446 838