Our Services We work hard to support Victorians like yourself who live with, or are at risk of developing, musculoskeletal conditions. Here is just a snapshot of our many programs and services, with links to more detailed information.
- Arthritis Map
- Community Programs and Activities
- Community Speakers Program
- MSK Help Line
- Professional and Peer Leader Training
- Peer Support Groups
- Resources to Download
- Update Magazine
- Youth and Family Services
This practical online tool helps to address the impact of arthritis, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions in communities across Victoria by helping people with, or at risk of, musculoskeletal conditions locate the programs and services they need. The Map can help you to quickly find: locations of local health providers, including doctors, physiotherapists and specialists, warm water classes and other activity groups, peer support groups for people with a musculoskeletal condition, disability accessible facilities, rates of arthritis and osteoporosis in your area. Access the Map now to find out about services in your area. For more information about the Map, click here.
Community Programs and Activities
We run a large range of seminars, workshops and classes to suit your needs. Learn more about managing your condition, take part in Nordic walking and tai chi classes, hear from experts about important workplace issues and much more. Access our Community Programs and Activities calendar here.
Community Speakers Program
Our trained volunteer speakers are available to speak to your community group about arthritis and common musculoskeletal conditions, practical ways you can manage your condition and about the services available at Arthritis Victoria. Many of our speakers are living with musculoskeletal conditions themselves and have the understanding that comes from firsthand experience. Our community speakers can also work with interpreters. Find out more about this program.
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Our unique library holds more than 2000 items covering a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, treatment options (including exercise, surgery, medication and complementary therapies) and inspirational stories of people who live with a musculoskeletal condition. Open to the public from 9am to 5pm weekdays, everyone is welcome to visit the library and look through our extensive range of resources.
MSK Help Line
Our MSK Help Line is staffed by clinically trained nurses and experienced volunteers. Most of our volunteers live with a chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) condition, and while both offer something different, our nurses and volunteers together offer a shoulder to lean on.
When to speak to a nurse:
Do you have questions about your condition, but always forget to ask your doctor about them during your visit? Or do you find you need more time to formulate your questions, and by that time your visit is over? Are you are bombarded with information from the media and the internet about new treatments or ‘cures’ and you’re not sure what to believe? Do you find the health system confusing, and aren’t sure how to access services? Are you a carer for someone with a musculoskeletal condition and need some information?
If any of this sounded familiar contact our MSK Help Line. It’s a free, confidential service, available to anyone affected by arthritis, osteoporosis or other musculoskeletal condition. You can speak with one of our registered nurses to access up to date information on:
They can provide information on:
- musculoskeletal conditions and commonly prescribed treatments,
- assistance in navigating the complex health, disability and social services systems,
- support and advice regarding the diagnosis of a musculoskeletal condition,
- information on community resources in your area.
When to speak to someone with a similar lived experience:
Do you need some general information on your condition, lifestyle and ways you can manage it? Have you just been diagnosed with a musculoskeletal condition and want some information sheets and booklets to help you understand what’s happening? Do you want to speak to someone who has a chronic musculoskeletal condition, and can understand what you’re going through?
Most of our volunteers have a musculoskeletal condition and have firsthand experience of living with a chronic condition. So you can speak to someone who really does understand.
Our volunteers can send you a variety of information including resources on diet, exercise, information on your condition, and pain management.
Contact the MSK Help Line weekdays on 1800 263 265.
Professional and Peer Leader Training
We are a Registered Training Organisation and offer nationally recognised education and training programs. Our programs are conducted by health educators who hold Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The health educators who conduct our Tai Chi for Arthritis and Better Health Self Management leader training and update programs are registered as Master Trainers with respective accrediting organisations. If you are working for professional development points, many of our training programs are accredited by Kinect Australia and professional development points are awarded on completion of the training program.
Peer Support Groups
We have a network of more than 65 Peer Support Groups across Victoria who can provide an opportunity for members to share advice, information, encouragement, experiences and self management strategies.
Research is essential to the successful promotion and protection of health and wellbeing, and provides a benchmark for effective health and social care services. We are committed to enhancing the contribution of research into musculoskeletal health Learn more about our work in research.
Resources to Download
We have a large range of information sheets, brochures and booklets that offer clear, easy to read information on a range of musculoskeletal conditions and management options. You can download these or you can receive a copy by contacting the MSK Help Line on 1800 263 265. Many of these resources are available in languages other than English.
Our magazine for member’s features news about our programs, courses, events and resources, tips on managing your musculoskeletal condition and other helpful information. Update is posted to members and is also available for reading in our library. Back issues are available to read here.
Youth and Family Services More than 1 in 1000 children have juvenile idiopathic arthritis. We have a range of information resources available to assist families affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis and provide support, including our annual Camp Limber Up, to help them deal with the specific challenges they face.