Living with arthritis can be a real challenge. Sometimes you just need to speak with someone who has been in your shoes and understands what you’re going through.
Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania are a local organisation who have been operating for 47 years, working hard to provide information and support about all types of arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions to Tasmanians.
As part of their services, they operate a toll-free Arthritis Infoline which can be accessed by calling 1800 011 041 and operates 10.00am to 4.00pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. Your call will be answered by a fully trained volunteer team member who lives with arthritis just like you.
They’re able to understand what you’re going through, and are there to listen when you need it, as well as providing the support that’s best for you.
They provide a range of evidence-based resources from information sheets and booklets about arthritis, the different types, as well as tips and support to help you get back to enjoying your life and living well with arthritis.
“People can trust that we’re evidence-based, we’re not selling snake oil,” said Jackie Slyp, Chief Executive Officer of Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania.
“We’re up to speed on new research,” added Slyp.
“There may be times when you are advised to go back and check something with your doctor or other treating health professional, particularly if the issue relates to medicine dosage. This is because your treating health professional understands your overall health and any other conditions you may have, so it may be better to talk through an issue with them. Wherever possible, however, we will try to answer your questions and guide you to where you can best access information.”
“We know all too well that life with arthritis can be daunting, uncertain, or overwhelming. You are not alone – Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania is here to provide the support you need from someone who understands.”
The grassroots organisation aims to provide support to patients, understanding that patients often only get 10-15 minutes with their doctor and some concerns may be brushed aside as ‘just arthritis.’ The Infoline offers patients a way to get trusted support and advice from someone with the time to listen and understand.
Whether you or someone you care for is living with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis or another type of arthritis, resources and support are available for you by contacting the Arthritis Infoline on 1800 011 041.