About Us

Where it all began

The Foundation was originally called Patient’s Aid Society and was formed by the late Bruce Williams in 1967. It was his wish that people with arthritis would have access to a group providing fellowship, social support and assistance in daily living. The organisation has grown consistently over the years and today has over 5,000 members and nearly 45 branches and support groups across NSW.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW in 2014

Today arthritis affects one person in every five – about 20% of the population! Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) are the leading cause of disability in Australia. Nearly 25% of absenteeism is related to arthritis and MSK. There are more than 120 types of arthritis including juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus and gout.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW (AONSW) is nearly 50 years old, having been founded in 1967 by the late Bruce Williams. AONSW has its headquarters in North Ryde and there are nearly 50 support groups and branches throughout NSW. Affiliated with Arthritis Australia, AONSW provides specialised services such as warm water exercises & hydrotherapy, Tai Chi, and self-management programs focusing on lifestyle, nutrition, diet and gentle exercise. AONSW raises funds for medical research, and in conjunction with our network of support groups and our digital channels, pursues a vision of ‘A Community Free from Arthritis’.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW supports people of all ages living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW is a non-government health charity that seeks to improve the quality of life of those affected by arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

We are here to help people with arthritis. We provide information to people living in New South Wales who have been newly diagnosed with the disease as well as those who have lived with it for some time.

Osteoporosis NSW is an activity of Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW and supports people living with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is as common as high blood pressure, and is more common than high cholesterol, and puts thousands of people each year at risk of fracturing bone.

How can we help you?

  • We provide support, advice and information for people with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions and their families
  • We enable people to develop self-management skills
  • We promote community awareness of the issues associated with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
  • We work with health professionals to improve management of arthritis and early diagnosis
  • We provide seminars and community programs for the community and health professionals
  • We support research into the causes and treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

View our Strategic Plan