Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Programs
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 (8:30am - 4pm).
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 people's stories on facebook, twitter and AQ's enews.
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
In 2013, 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.
Get in touch with James@Arthritis.org.au for your copy of the JIA Action Plan.
In 2017 we are undertaking a review of the progress that has been made towards achieving the recommendations set out in the Action Plan.
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.
Arthritis Queensland Partners with Zoe’s Angels to ensure that Queenslanders living with Arthritis are supported at every stage of life. Zoe’s Angels is an independent charity which raises fund and arranges events to support the families of children with JIA.
The following services are funded and arranged by Zoe’s Angels.
Camps Courageous and Little Warriors Weekends
Zoe’s Angels also host a Little Warriors Weekend for younger children with JIA (infants to 9 years old) and their carers and siblings. This weekend break provides respite and a supporting network to families learning to live with the impact of JIA.
2017 Fun Run
Education BursariesZoe’s Angels provide Annual Education Bursaries to support children with JIA to purchase equipment to assist with their school experience and learning. Applications for these bursaries open in September each year.
Parent Information Conference
Zoe's Angels conducts Parents Information Conference bi-annually. 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 conferences include medical professionals specialising in the treatment of children with juvenile arthritis.
The next Parents Information Conference is due to be held in 2018.