Key info

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling of the joints.

The normal role of your body’s immune system is to fight off infections to keep you healthy.

In an autoimmune disease, your immune system starts attacking your own healthy tissues. In RA, the immune system targets the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and joint damage.

RA usually affects smaller joints, such as the joints in the hands and feet. However larger joints such as the hips and knees and also be affected.

To learn more about RA, download the information sheet and booklet to help you understand how you may be affected, the importance of early intervention, what you can do to manage it, as well as where to find further information and advice.

You can also visit the Arthritis Australia Empowered website for more information and support.