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Arthritis New Zealand

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    Arthritis New Zealand aims to improve the life of every person affected by arthritis. We are a national charity that provides information, advice and support to people diagnosed with any of the more than 140 forms of arthritis. Arthritis affects more than 700,000 New Zealanders and is a leading cause of disability.  There is no cure for arthritis, but the condition can usually be managed effectively. Most people with arthritis continue to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

    We also advocate for people with arthritis by funding research, contributing to health policy, and collaborating with healthcare professionals.

    Support services include:

    • A national toll free number for information and advice 0800 663 463
    • Regular information and sharing on facebook page
    • Online and other support groups
    • Support for Newly Diagnosed – a chance to talk with someone who has the same condition
    • Information about all forms of arthritis, treatments, pain management, employment issues and access to other support services.
    Family / whānau

    We offer information and advice services for families, children and young people with arthritis. 

    For more information click on the following link

    Pacific Island people

    We have a Pacific Community Development worker who supports families and communities to enhance their knowledge and management of arthritis with particular focus on gout.


    We provide advocacy services for people with arthritis for:

    • employment
    • and access to rheumatology services and medications
    • issues affecting people with arthritis and their families
    Wellness / healthy lifestyle

    We provide self management workshops which cover all aspects of learning to manage your arthritis and live an independent life. 

    Support groups exist in numerous locations around New Zealand. They are made up of people with arthritis and provide guidance, friendship and social interaction on a regularly scheduled basis.

    For details of the nearest support group ring 0800 663-463. If you would like to set up a support group in your area, then please also ring 0800 663-463.

     The following link with take you to more specific information about support groups, self management programs and seminars

    Information & support

    Comprehensive services are available for older people who are affected by arthritis.

    We run activities for teenagers and young adults who have arthritis. 


    Charges vary according to the event.

    Age groups

    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Adult / Pakeke
    • Older adult / Kaumātua