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National Advocacy Update

Our national advocacy is really starting to make a difference. With the launch of our National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis we now have funding commitments from both the Government and the Opposition towards its implementation.

But with four million people living with arthritis and no cure, much more needs to be done!

Please join our Speak Up For Arthritis election campaign to help maintain the momentum and help us to help you.

Arthritis Australia launches National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis 

The Action Plan provides an evidence-based blueprint to guide national efforts to improve health and quality of life for people living with arthritis. The Action Plan outlines key priorities for preventing arthritis, investing in research and improving treatment and support for people living with the condition. Read more

Minister announces $4 million for the Arthritis Action Plan

The Government has announced it will invest four million dollars towards implementing the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis.  Of this amount, two million dollars will go towards consumer information and education, (of which one million will directly go to Arthritis Australia). The other two million dollars will go towards health professional education to support better diagnosis and treatments for people with arthritis. Read more

Labor commits $2.1 million to fund arthritis educators

The Australian Labor Party, if elected, has committed $2.1 million to fund arthritis educators through Arthritis Australia’s Affiliate organisations.  This funding would be in addition to the funding announced by the current government towards implementation of the Arthritis Action Plan. In welcoming the commitment, Arthritis Australia CEO, Mr Andrew Mills, said that this funding will help to improve access to community-based information, education and support for children and adults with arthritis.  Read more

Join our Speak Up for Arthritis election campaign  

 
The commitments from the current government and the ALP are a great start for improving arthritis care and support, but more needs to be done!
Please help maintain the momentum by taking five minutes to join our Speak Up for Arthritis email campaign.
Visit our campaign webpage and use our handy tool to contact the leaders of the major political parties to tell them your arthritis story.  Telling them your story in your own words will help them to understand why they need to invest more in better care and support for children and adults with arthritis. Join us to Speak Up
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