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 (8:30am - 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 people's stories on facebook, twitter and AQ's enews.

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

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.

JIA Survey

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.

Zoe's Angels

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
Each year Zoe's Angels hosts a camp in Queensland for children aged 10-17 living with arthritis. Zoe's Angels Camp Courageous provides 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.

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
Zoe's Angels' Fun Run was held on Saturday, 25 March 2017 in Capalaba Regional Park. To take part for the next fun as well as to raise funds for children with JIA you can register your interest here.
Education Bursaries
Zoe’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.