The Arthritis Foundation of South Australia, which trades as Arthritis SA, is a non-profit community health organisation established in 1975 in response to a perceived community need for the development of adequate services for people with arthritis.
A need was recognised for a service to explore ways of providing services to people with arthritis in the areas of medical assistance, support, education and research to find a cure or better treat the disease.
Arthritis SA now provides services to the 1 in 4 South Australians with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia and many others.
Arthritis SA is affliated with Arthritis Australia.
Arthritis SA aims to reduce the social and economic burden of arthritis through research, education and support. It is now an incorporated association employing more than 45 full and part-time employees, including a contact centre team. Only 1% of the required funds are provided by the government.
Members consist of South Australians from within the community who give active support to the aims and ideals of Arthritis SA through their membership and donations.
Arthritis SA is supported by rheumatologists, general practitioners, allied health professionals, regional branch and support group members, staff and a large pool of volunteers. This team is able to provide a professional, up-to-date approach to this community wide problem.
To improve the quality of life of people with arthritis and related conditions.
To be recognised as the leading provider in SA that empowers people with arthritis and related conditions to achieve the best quality of life through advocacy, education, self-management and the support of research.