Surrounding yourself with a supportive team gives you the best chance.
Dr. Marina Kang
So one of the key that I find as a general practitioner is to help a patient to accumulate that information, to find out things that are relevant for them individually, and to be able to be basically the primary in their treatment profile. To be able to access all the different team members, healthcare professionals that they need and to help negotiate the best treatment that they can have so that their lifestyle is not impacted or minimally impacted by the condition itself.
Liverpool Hospital, NSW
So I would see the team being a bit flexible. You obviously as a patient are part of that team at all times. The family doctor is usually going to be someone who is there on a consistent basis. A rheumatologist for a lot of inflammatory diseases will be your key medical speciality but then the others will move in and out as needed.
Accredited Practising Dietitian and Sports Dietitian
Not everybody with arthritis will need to see a dietitian. I guess the people who I most commonly see with arthritis are those people who were perhaps above their healthy weight range; where I can help them get to a healthy weight and in that way reduce the pain and the pressure on their joints.
Occupational Therapist, Institute of Rheumatology and Orthopaedics
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
So they will be referred to me for most frequently people having difficulty with their hands. There will be different parts of their hands that are affected but it’s still their hand. So what I do with them will depend on where their disability is or where the arthritis is affecting them and how it’s affecting them.
Liverpool Hospital, NSW
As a physiotherapist my role is usually maintaining the same function, trying to look at their joints and maintain strength and getting their activities back to normal.
Dr. Irwin Lim
Sometimes, particularly for patients where we are not very good at controlling the disease, emotion, feelings of anxiety, a reactive depression to having a chronic disease needs to be dealt with and this is where a good counsellor plays a very important role.
Consumer Director Arthritis Australia
Chair, Arthritis Australia National Consumer Reference Group (rheumatoid arthritis)
For me over the years a clinical psychologist has also been a really critical part of that team. I think living with a disease like this is hard work and you’re often living with daily pain and that can be a really hard road to walk and I think the role of the psychologist can be really underplayed and undervalued and I would really encourage people to consider that as part of their healthcare management; that they look after their psychological wellbeing just as much as they do their physical wellbeing.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis
It's a marathon not a sprint
Maintaining a positive attitude
Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis explained
A Young Woman’s Journey
A team of practitioners
Role of practitioners
Centre of the team
Occupational therapist introduction
In your hands
Changing your focus
Living with the condition
Diet to cure arthritis
Resources & advice
The physiotherapists role
Psoriatic arthritis & ankylosing spondylitis
Proper exercise program
Living a full life
First steps after diagnosis
Getting to know your body
Learning your trigger points
Family & financial commitments
Maximising your potential
Calibrating your life
The financial impact
The lessons of hindsight
You're responsible for your health
Ray's best tip
Live a healthy lifestyle
Having a safe pregnancy
Planning a pregnancy
Medications & pregnancy
The post birth flare
Suzie's successful pregnancy
Suzie's post birth flare
Breast feeding & recovery
Wendy's pregnancy story
Recovery with biologics
Introduction to complementary therapies
Dr Whittle discusses complementary therapies
Complementary medicines may affect your treatment