Support Groups and Services

Arthritis Queensland Support Groups

Sometimes, no one understands what you are going through quite like someone else who is in the same boat.

Arthritis Queensland’s support groups provide the opportunity to meet people who understand. Members share information, ideas, and experiences, so that everyone benefits. Each group is unique, but benefits include varied guest speakers, Tai Chi programs, and warm water exercise sessions.

Our support groups are run by generous individuals across the State, who volunteer their time to provide valuable support to people in their local communities. The groups work under the guidance and direction of Arthritis Queensland, and are bound by the Arthritis Queensland constitution, the Arthritis Queensland Support Group by-laws (2014), and the Arthritis Queensland policies.

An annual financial contribution to Arthritis Queensland is required by support group members. With membership, you will receive the quarterly Arthritis Queensland newsletter, Joint News, and regular notification of upcoming courses, seminars and events.

Arthritis Queensland's Support Groups 

New members are always welcome. Join in a group near you! Arthritis Queensland has support groups in: 

The Bundaberg Support Group meets the last Saturday of the month (February to October) at 9:30am. Meetings are held at the Bundaberg Catholic Community Centre, Centacare room 3, Cnr Barolin and Maynard St, Bundaberg.

The Cairns Support Group meets the third Saturday of every month at the West Cairns Bowels Club, Gatton St, Cairns. Meetings always include a presentation by an invited guest speaker and morning tea. Informative booklets and arthritis related resources are also provided for members to borrow and read. The cost to attend the meetings is $5.   

The Ipswich Support Group meets the last Friday of the month (January to November) at 10:30am. The meetings are held on level 3 of the Old Trades Hall Building, 4 Bell St, Ipswich.

The Kingaroy Support Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Meetings include guest speakers and various organised activities.

The Maroochydore Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month at the RSL Sub-Branch Room (opposite the RSL club), 106 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore. A presentation is made by a guest speaker at most meetings and twice a year a rheumatologist is invited to present to the group.

The Rockhampton Support Group meets the second Wednesday of the month. The meetings are held at the Community and Public Health Centre, cnr Bolsover and Cambridge Streets, Rockhampton at 9:30am. It is preferred that persons who wish to attend this meeting have completed an Arthritis Self Help Course, as this manual is used at the meetings.

The Sunnybank Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. The meetings are held at St Barnabas Church Hall, 187 Lister St, Sunnybank. Meetings include morning tea and a guest speaker.

The Toowoomba Support Group holds warm water exercise sessions. Click here, to view the session timetable. 

The Townsville Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month (February to November). The meetings are held at the Holy Family Church Hall, Corner of Mooney and Palmerston St, Gulliver at 9:30am. The meetings include future planning, sharing information, morning tea and raffle from 9:30 till 10:30 followed by a guest speaker. Twice a year, in April and December, a lunch is held for present and past members.

Call the helpline on 1800 011 041, for more information and contact details.

Other Support Groups in Queensland

There are also a range of other condition specific support groups in Queensland, which are independent of Arthritis Queensland.

Australian Pain Management Association Support Groups– Provides support for chronic pain. Please call 1300 340 357 for the Pain Link Line.

Scleroderma & Sjogrens Association– Provides support for people suffering from scleroderma, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjogrens syndrome, and other auto immune diseases. To contact the Association email:

Fibromyalgia– ME/CFS/FM Support Association of Queensland – Toowoomba. Ph: (07) 4632 8173.

Ankylosing Spondylitis– A support group with social events such as hydrotherapy exercise classes in Brisbane.

Lupus Australia, Queensland Inc– Provides support for people with lupus, and holds various meetings in Brisbane.