Community Education Sessions

For people living with a chronic health condition such as arthritis, the health system can seem impersonal and impractical. An inhibiting factor to patients feeling involved in their own health care is the prevailing medical model that sees the patient as a passive recipient of treatment and advice. The clinical nature of medical care doesn’t take sufficient account of how people live their lives or how they’d like to. The focus is on managing disease, not promoting well-being.

Community-based education programs play an important role in promoting the effective self-management of chronic health conditions such as arthritis. When delivered by a trusted organisation such as Arthritis NSW, there are multiple benefits for participants:

  • A better understanding of their disease – the causes and affects
  • Knowledge about self-managements strategies
  • Skills and tips on how to implement self-management strategies
  • Opportunities for peer education and support
  • Ability to connect with the health-trained facilitator for further referral
  • Evidence-based and consumer friendly information resources for ongoing reference
  • Confidence and motivation to initiate beneficial life-style change

The community-based education sessions delivered by Arthritis NSW maintain a focus on Living Well with Arthritis. Each session is adapted to the profile and needs of the audience, whether that be a retirement village, young people facing the challenges of juvenile arthritis, or a local special interest group.

If you would like to organise an education session for your organisation, please contact our Health Services team on 02 9857 3300.

The following information provides a summary of the Community Education Sessions held from August to November 2018 in Chatswood, Sydney. Our Health Services Team is currently finalising the program for 2019, with details to be posted on this page once finalised.

2018 Community Education Sessions [now closed]


  • Venue: Macquarie Community College – Chatswood Campus
  • Address: Level 1, 8 Thomas Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
  • Dates: 4th Wednesday each month, August, September, October, November 2018
  • Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm



Session 1: 22 August 2018 at 3:30pm – Managing Arthritis

  • Bookings online: [CLOSED]
  • Description: Managing Arthritis gives a broader understanding of the many management strategies that can be successfully employed to manage arthritis and maintain a good quality of life.
  • Areas covered:
    • Arthritis – an overview of what arthritis is and the forms it takes
    • Exercise – benefits, with examples of joint-friendly exercises
    • Nutrition – how what we eat can impact on our health and arthritic condition
    • Pain Management – non-medical approaches such as meditation and relaxation
    • Managing Fatigue – through pacing and other strategies
    • Medications – things to consider when taking them
    • Your Healthcare Team – who you might see in the course of managing arthritis

Session 2: 26 September 2018 at 3:30pm – Nutrition & Arthritis

  • Bookings online: [CLOSED]
  • Description: Provides an understanding of the contribution nutrition can play in managing arthritis effectively.
  • Areas covered:
    • The importance of maintaining a health weight
    • Is there a diet for arthritis?
    • The Five Food Groups (understanding macro nutrients and the recommended intakes)
    • Healthy eating for arthritis
    • Weight-management tips
    • Common dietary approaches for arthritis management
    • Complementary nutritional supplements
    • Sources of information and support

Session 3: 24 October 2018 at 3:30pm – Exercise, Physical Activity & Arthritis

  • Bookings online: [CLOSED]
  • Description: Provides an understanding of the significant role exercise plays in managing arthritis.
  • Areas covered:
    • What is exercise and physical activity?
    • How exercise helps people with arthritis?
    • Guidance and recommendations on how to start
    • Things to consider when starting out
    • The types of exercise and their benefits with recommendations
    • Arthritis type (OA vs RA) exercise considerations
    • Who to speak to for assistance and more information

Session 4: 28 November 2018 at 3:30pm – Pain Management & Arthritis

  • Bookings online: [CLOSED]
  • Description: Provides an understanding of how different pain-management strategies can be employed to help with the pain associated with arthritis
  • Areas covered:
    • Define what pain is
    • Understand the pain experience both with arthritis and overall
    • Identify the various types of pain management
    • Differentiate the types of medication available and when they are used
    • Who to speak to about support and assistance