Improving the lives of Queenslanders living with arthritis.

About us 

Arthritis Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation that has been providing education, information and support services for Queensland children and adults living with arthritis since 1976.

Our Vision

An end to the pain of arthritis.

Our Mission

Improving the lives of Queenslanders living with arthritis.

What we do...

Consumer Information & Education

We provide information and education to people living with arthritis so that thay can take control of their condition. 

Education for Health Professionals

We help health professionals stay informed of best practice in the diagnoses and treatments for arthritis. 


We provide compassionate support to people facing life with arthritis.

Awareness Raising

We work to raise awareness  that arthritis is an important and urgent issue.


We fund research into better diagnoses, better treatments and to keep progressing towards a  cure.


We advocate for equality so that no one living with arthritis is disadvantaged as a result of their disease.

Our Team

Arthritis Queensland is run by a small team of staff who are committed to improving the lives of Queenslanders living with arthritis. 

Emma Thompson CEO
James Bayliss  Health Promotion Manager
Deborah Melloy  Fundraising Manager
(on maternity leave)
Ellen Murray  Acting Fundraising Manager
Jessica Neri  Supoort Services Coordinator

Claire Spokes  Administration & Legacies Coordinator
(Monday - Wednesday)
Jess Lusher Administration & Volunteer Coordinator
(Wednesday - Friday)
Wendy Angliss  Financial Controller
(Tuesday and Thursday)

Our Board

Arthritis Queensland is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. Our Directors are volunteers who are chosen for their skills and experience and who receive no remuneration for their services.

Dr Helen Benham
MBBS (Hons), B.App.Sci (Pod), FRACP
Dr Ian Dover
BSc, MEng, PhD, FAICD, CMP  

Vice Chair
Michele Galagher Company Secretary/ Director
Dr Jennifer Schafer Director
Ms Kate Templeman Director
Ms Molly Sheen Director
Ms Anne Gribbin Director

Mr David Cairns of Finavon  Director/ Chair of Finance Committee

Our  Patron

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland