Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Programs

At Arthritis Queensland, we provide a range of services that support you to manage your child’s JIA.

Arthritis Infoline
Ring our infoline! Our experienced health educators can give you advice, support and link you to resources in your area. To speak to one of our caring staff ring 1800 011 041 Monday - Friday (8am - 4pm).

Online Community
Join our online community and connect with other parents and children with arthritis. Arthritis Queensland has a Facebook group specifically for parents and family of children living with arthritis where you can share your experiences. We also post tips, advice and share other peopls stories on facebook, twitter and AQ's enews.
Kid's Camps

For many years Arthritis Queensland provided Queensland children with the opportunity to attend Camp Footloose, an Arthritis NSW camp just for kids with arthritis. Each year we will be working with Zoe's Angels to host a camp in Queensland for children aged 10-17 living with arthritis. Zoe's Angels Camp Courageous will provide the opportunity for kids with arthritis to go to camp in a safe and supportive environment. They will test their boundaries through a number of physical challenges, but also meet other children living with the arthritis and learn how to better manage their condition.

Please email Di Smith on  zoesangels@ozemail.com.au or phone 0411 121 198, If you are interested in attending future events.

Education Bursaries
In 2014 we also introduced education bursaries which were sponsored by our generous partners Zoe’s Angels. Three laptop computers have been provided to Queensland students with juvenile arthritis. These will make a huge difference to the children when their hands are so sore that just can’t write. They can even download their textbooks so they don’t have to carry heavy books around.

Please contact us regarding the next round of applications.

Parent Information Conference
Zoe's Angels conducts Parents Information Conference in conjunction with Arthritis Qld The conference is aimed at supporting parents of children (of all ages) living with juvenile arthritis or young adults with the condition. Speakers at the conference will include medical professionals specialising in the treatment of children with juvenile arthritis.

For more information on the next event, please contact us on 1800 011 041
Exercise Bursaries
Each year Arthritis Queensland provides support to children with arthritis and their parents through funding exercise bursaries.

Children with JIA need to stay active and keep their joints moving. It is so important to find the right exercise that works with your arthritis and that you enjoy. We provide bursaries for a range of sports activities including swimming, cycling, archery and surfing. These bursaries make a real difference for families that may also be struggling with the cost of medication and other treatments. Information will be posted on the AQ website when the next round is available.

Action Plan for JIA

Last year, Arthritis Queensland developed the 2013 Action Plan for Queensland Children with Juvenile Arthritis. The project was supported by a grant from the St George foundation, a generous donation from the Arthritis Queensland Ipswich support group, and the contributions of those who participated in state-wide surveys and workshops.

The action plan takes a detailed and multidisciplinary approach, addressing treatment and access to health care, the need for more awareness, information, and support, the education needs of children with juvenile arthritis, and transitions into adult life.

Have a look at our Action Plan for JIA, to see what Arthritis Queensland has been doing to improve the lives of children with JIA.

Arthritis Queensland commissioned a survey of families of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, as part of the project. Read a report on the findings  here.