Courses and Seminars

Arthritis Queensland runs a range of courses and seminars for people with arthritis, their carers and family members, and health professionals.

For seminars specifically relevant to health professionals, please click here.

Community Seminars

Our community seminars provide up-to-date information on arthritis. They are a great way to learn more about your condition, or to hear about the latest treatments, in short sessions that aren’t overwhelming.

The seminars are hosted by our health educators and sometimes include guest speakers such as rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, and physiotherapists.

Upcoming seminars:

Arthritis Awareness Seminar - GOLD COAST

Date: Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm

Place: Robina Community Centre

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL - for bookings please call 1800 011 041 or email

For further details please click here  

Arthritis Awareness Seminar - MOUNT GRAVATT

Date: Tuesday 31 March, 2015

Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm

Place: Mount Gravatt Showgrounds

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL - for bookings please call 1800 011 041 or email

For further details please click here

Community Webinars

Webinars are an easy way to learn more about your condition and treatment, without even having to leave your home!

There are no upcoming Webinars, this will be updated as new webinars are scheduled.

Self Management Courses

If your goal is to take charge of your arthritis and to learn in-depth how to manage your condition, then the ‘Take Charge’ and ‘Challenging Arthritis’ courses are for you.

Held at specific times throughout the year, the ‘Take Charge’ courses are delivered in a group setting by an experienced health educator from Arthritis Queensland.

For those living in rural and remote areas who cannot attend the ‘Take Charge’ courses, there is still help! The ‘Challenging Arthritis’ course is a distance course that allows you access to a health coach from Arthritis Queensland to help you along the way.

‘Take Charge’ Course

Arthritis Queensland has developed the ‘Take Charge’ courses to enable people living with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid/inflammatory arthritis to improve their health and wellbeing by taking charge of their condition through information, education, self management and positive lifestyle change. The courses also support the person to communicate well with their health professional team.

The courses are delivered by an experienced health educator from Arthritis Queensland and include interactive sessions, focusing on goal setting, problem solving, and effective communication with your health care team. The four modules of the course cover:

- What is inflammatory arthritis and what are the impacts

- Medications
- Exercise
- Nutrition

- Pain management

- Safe use of complementary therapies

- Joint protection and energy conservation

- Dealing with negative emotions

The courses can be delivered as two weekly sessions of 2.5 hours duration or as a one day workshop (5 hours). For further support, a health coaching phone call can be made to each participant six weeks following course completion.

You can choose between the Take Charge of Osteoarthritis course and the Take Charge of Rhematoid/Inflammatory Arthritis course.

‘Challenging Arthritis’ Course

This program has been specifically designed for people living in rural or remote areas, or who cannot attend our seminars and 'Take Charge' courses held in metropolitan areas.

The program is designed to provide you with an opportunity to gain information and acquire skills that will help you self-manage your arthritis and make positive changes to your lifestyle.

This is a distance course that you take at your own pace. You will receive a handbook, workbook and a CD in the mail. While the program is self-directed, participants have access to a health coach from Arthritis QLD, who can provide support, information and assistance when needed.

The program, developed by Arthritis NSW, consists of eight topics, each providing educational material and activities to help participants implement lasting health behaviour change and use self-management skills to promote personal health and improve quality of life.

These topics are:

1. Managing Pain

2. Physical Activity and Exercise

3. Arthritis Medicines and Their Safe Use

4. Coping with Arthritis

5. Joining Forces: You and Your Healthcare Team

6. Healthy Eating

7. Stress Management and Relaxation

8. Caring for Your Joints.

Challenging Arthritis can be purchased for $60.00. For more information, please call Arthritis QLD on 1800 011 041 or email.