Health Professional Resources

Patient Education

Arthritis Queensland offers a range of patient education booklets and fact sheets which discuss a range of arthritic conditions, management strategies and treatment options.

Patients can access these booklets free of charge through our website or infoline.

Health Professionals can request free sample packs of booklets, or bulk orders ($3 - $5 per booklet plus postage and handling) by calling the infoline on 1800 011 041.

Booklets

  • Taking Control of your Osteoarthritis
  • Taking Control of your Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Taking Control of your Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Taking Control of your Psoriatic Arthritis
  • 10 Steps to Living well with Arthritis
  • Stepping Out: a guide for young adults with arthritis
  • At Home with Arthritis
  • Caring and Arthritis
  • Joint Replacement

Fact Sheets

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Exercise And RA
  • Exercise And Fibromyalgia
  • Feet And Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Haemochromatosis And Haemochromatotic Arthtitis
  • Hands And Arthritis
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ross River and Barmah Forest Virus
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Pain

  • Sjogrens Syndrome
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hip & Knee
  • Management of specific types of arthritis
  • Emotional health
  • Blood tests
  • Sexual health
  • Diet
  • Massage
  • Medicines
  • Surgery
  • Management of arthritis in feet, hands, knees, and hips
  • Pain management, including neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Complementary therapies
  • Exercise and tai chi
  • Working with your health care team


Resource for nurses will help improve care for people with osteoarthritis

Primary health care nurses are now better placed to help care for people with osteoarthritis following the launch of a new resource on running osteoarthritis nurse-led clinics. The resource provides tips on how to set up nurse led clinics as well as information on helping people with osteoarthritis to manage their condition. It was developed with the input of primary care nurses by the Grampians Medicare Local, and with support from an expert advisory group, the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and Arthritis Australia.

“Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of chronic pain, disability and lost productivity in Australia” said Jessica Danko, the nurse who led the project to develop this resource. “Primary health care nurses can build on their existing chronic disease management skills to improve the quality of life of people living with this condition.”

Click here to download the full Osteoarthritis Nurse Clinics Resource


Osteoporosis

The following range of resources from Osteoporosis Australia has been designed specifically for health professionals.

Medical Guide - What you need to know about Osteoporosis

Medical Factsheets

Fact Sheet - Calcium

Fact Sheet - Exercise

Fact Sheet - Vitamin D

Fact Sheet - Medicine

Your patients can access the consumer guides and fact sheets here.


Rheumatology Health Professional Association


The Australian Rheumatology Health Professionals Association (RHPA) was formed in 1983 to provide a representative body for health professionals interested in working with people with rheumatic diseases.

The RHPA provides a valuable source of education for health care professionals who work with people who have rheumatic diseases. Seminars and workshops are held at a state level. These are coordinated by RHPA state and territory representatives and in association with the Arthritis Foundations in each state.

To go to the RHPA website for further information please click here



Chronic Disease Self Management

Until its closure at the end of 2012, Arthritis Queensland supported another small organisation, called the Queensland Self-Management Alliance.

This organisation provided information about self-management principles and practices, to people with chronic conditions and their health professionals.


Some excellent products were developed through this partnership, and they can still be ordered by calling Arthritis Queensland on 1800 011 041. There will be a postage and handling charge.


Take Charge of Your Health - Understanding self management: A community presentation

This is a CD that health professionals can use to present information about self-management principles and practice.


QSMA 2012 Quality assurance framework: Strengthening Chronic Disease Self-Management support

This framework aims to strengthen the development and delivery of self-management support, and outlines key competencies and evidence-based programs for health professional practicing Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM).