About Us

Overview

Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW (AONSW) is a member-based health charity founded in 1967 to help improve the lives of people suffering from arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions.

As a peak body for arthritis support in NSW, the organisation works to empower the individual to manage their own condition and health towards achieving their personal meaning of AONSW’s vision Freedom from Arthritis.

The organisation is a trusted source of evidence-based and up-to-date information on arthritis and its treatment, with education programs delivered across a number of platforms, including webinars, workshops and community awareness sessions.

The health services team develops and delivers exercise programs tailored to the needs of people affected by arthritis, such as the popular warm water exercise classes and strength and balance program.

Each year, the organisation delivers two camps for children affected by juvenile arthritis: Camp Twinkletoes for children under 8 years old and their families, and Camp Footloose for children and young people aged 9 to 18 years.

In 2018, AONSW is committed to extending its reach to rural areas of NSW so often lacking in health services compared to their city counterparts.

AONSW engages with the community through a value-driven membership program, a network of support groups, publications such as Arthritis Matters, eNewsletter subscriptions, social media platforms such as Facebook, and a toll-free Arthritis Infoline which connects callers with health professionals.

As a charitable organisation, AONSW recognises the generosity of its donors, sponsors, members and other supporters that enable the research, development and delivery of its valuable programs.

Our mission

To provide excellence in services that promote the prevention and management of arthritis and osteoporosis in NSW.

Our key focus areas

  • Prevention of disease
  • Management of conditions
  • Understanding and support
  • Research towards clinical, social and quality improvements
The values guiding us in what we do include:
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Accessibility
  • Commitment
  • Transparency

Who and how we help

Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW is here to help, support and empower people with arthritis and related conditions. We are accessible to all people, from the newly diagnosed to those who have lived with the disease for some time.

We achieve this through the delivering of specialised education programs and health services which focus on self-management through lifestyle, nutrition and gentle exercise.

The outcomes we seek for the people we help are improved or maintained joint functionality, reduced overall pain, and an improvement in the quality of life.

Our active community includes:
  • Members
  • Social Media followers
  • Subscribers to our free monthly eNewsletter
  • Users of our health services

Our Patron

His Excellency General The Hon. David Hurley AC, DSC (Ret’d)

Our Vice Patron

Professor Marie Bashir AD CVO

Authority to fundraise

CFN 12845

ABN 64 528 634 894