Fri, 09/05/2008

Theme of the recent Arthritis Awareness Week was 'It's your move', and to help those suffering from the disease a pack of new materials was launched.

It is estimated that currently 1 in 5 Australians are living with the condition and over half of the sufferers are under 60 years of age.

There are over 100 different forms of arthritis; however, the most common are osteoarthritis, which is largely due to wear and tear and gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Some who have been diagnosed with arthritis are babies and by 2050 it is projected that 7 million Australians will have the disease.

Whilst there is no known cure, many arthritis sufferers say that learning about their condition, and what they are able to do to manage it, gives them back a feeling of control over their lives and a greater sense of confidence to deal with the condition.

Based on the latest research, the new materials provide information on diet, exercise, and how to manage pain.

Speaking at the launch of the new material Mary Porter said, "This information pack provides sufferers with an easy to follow, step by step process, which will help them manage their condition and to live a better quality of life.

"I encourage those who may be suffering from this debilitating disease to find out what help may be available to them."

The information pack is available by ringing Arthritis Australia on 1800 011 041 or by visiting their website