Updated: December 2023

Information on arthritis

Patients who understand their condition are more likely to cope with managing their day-to-day problems. Therefore, patient education is an important part of arthritis management.

AOA endorses Arthritis Australia's patient information for managing arthritis. Arthritis Australia is the peak arthritis body in Australia and is dedicated to improving quality of life for those living with arthritis.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with arthritis, we recommend that you access Arthritis Australia's resources below for more information on managing the condition.

New Arthritis Australia online resource – 'Moving with Arthritis'

Arthritis Australia has launched a new website, 'Moving with Arthritis', intended to help people with arthritis "move more and live better". The website features articles, links to resources and exercise programs, and advice on finding professional support.


Types of arthritis

The below information is designed to help patients with arthritis. Select the type of arthritis for more information:



Diagnosis and medical management

It is important that arthritis is diagnosed as early as possible as arthritis can get worse if left untreated. Visit your doctor for a diagnosis or to seek medical management for arthritis.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help patients stay active and independent.

Disclaimer: This information is intended to be used as a general guide and does not take into account individual circumstances. The information presented should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice or proper assessment by a doctor. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy, relevance and up-to-date nature of the information contained in this publication, AOA, its officers, councillors and employees assume no responsibility for its content, use or interpretation. AOA by this statement intends to exclude liability for any statements contained in this publication.