About Us - Overview - Our Mission Statement
The objective of Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA is to reduce the incidence and disabling effects of arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions in the people of WA.
History - The Western Australian Arthritis & Rheumatism Foundation (WAARF) was inaugurated in October 1972, as a non-government organisation, through the efforts of Drs Phyllis Goatcher, Evan Owen and Roger Dawkins. Its first home was an office freely offered by the ANZ Bank in Murray St. Its main aims were care, education and research.
In 1991, the organisation's name was updated and changed to its present form. From this modest beginning, the Foundation opened its own custom built Resource Centre in 1994 after a successful Capital Fundraising Appeal, naming the building after Mr Bill Wyllie in appreciation of his significant personal contribution.
In addition to staff offices, the Wyllie Arthritis Centre houses a hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium, seminar and board rooms, café, book shop and leased office space to other tenants. Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA offers a range of support groups and branches which have evolved from the self-help courses conducted over the years. As the population ages, the incidence of arthritis, an umbrella term for over 100 types of disease, is increasing at alarming rates and in 2004 was made the 7th Health Priority by the Federal Government, enabling state wide Foundations to benefit, by access to government funding.
Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA adheres to the The West Australian Carers Charter.
17 Lemnos Street
SHENTON PARK WA 6008
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If you need a support group for Scleroderma or Lupus you can also join the PHNA Community Support Group endorsed by the Foundation. Many of our pulmonary hypertension patients have scleroderma and lupus and have developed PH as a result. We also encourage people living with either disease to be screened by Rhumetologist, Dr Janet Roddy who works at the centre, for Pulmonary Hypertension if you have either disease. It also a great idea to connect with the peak body in your state & nationally to find out where you can go for further support.
New consumer resource written by Perth medical experts will empower the half million Australians living with rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA has published a uniquely Australian book written by Perth medical experts and health professionals for Australians living with rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own healthy tissue, targeting the lining of the joints, which causes pain, inflammation and joint damage.
A debilitating chronic health condition, RA severely affects the daily life of 500,000 Australians and has no known cure.
"The onset of RA can start in one's twenties and be ongoing for the rest of their life. The juvenile form starts at an even younger age," said Dr Joe Kosterich, a Perth-based General Practitioner.
"Despite this prevalence and the impact it has on those living with the condition, until now, there has not been an up-to-date publication that provides factual information about rheumatoid arthritis," said Dr Kosterich.
With numerous recent advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, the book previously used was outdated, so the solution was for Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA to write a suitable reference guide to accompany their evidence-based RA education program.
Each chapter is written by local Perth medical and health professionals who have expert knowledge on the condition; including a personal perspective from a Perth local living with rheumatoid arthritis.
'A Practical Guide to Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis' provides practical and up-to-date information, including:
Copies of 'A Practical Guide to Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis' can be purchased from Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA by calling (08) 9388 2199 or Toll Free 1800 011 041 or online here *POSTAGE ONLY WITHIN AUSTRALIA
"It is increasingly being recognised that the most underused person in the healthcare team is the patient.
"The more knowledgeable and therefore more empowered the individual, the better they tend to do. This book provides them with knowledge and power." said Dr Kosterich. Musculoskeletal conditions (of which rheumatoid arthritis is a common form) are the most common and disabling chronic conditions in Australia.
They are the third most costly group of chronic conditions in terms of health spending, costing well over $6 billion per year, or about 8% of disease expenditure.
Winthrop Professor Johannes Nossent, Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine at UWA said there was a remarkable and regrettable lack of services for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
"It is a continuing source of concern as these conditions severely affect the quality of life and often lead to long term complications, including a shorter lifespan." said Prof Nossent.