Arthritis support is available in the Valley

A STAGGERING 6.1million people in Australia live with arthritis, osteoporosis and musculoskeletal conditions, and the Clarence Valley is no exception.

That's 28% of the Australian population and this figure is growing.

Of even further concern is that over half of those living with arthritis are of prime working age.

Now, more than ever, a support network is needed for people affected, to help people improve their quality of life and manage their condition and the Lower Clarence arthritis support group is here to help.

The group services Maclean, Yamba, Lawrence and Iluka and meet regularly in Maclean.

Group conveners Dorothy Moss and Ron Paul invite anyone seeking support to join the group.

"From sharing tips and information about arthritis, to the warm water classes at the hydrotherapy pool each week - the group has been a huge help for people in the region who are living with arthritis," Mr Paul said.

Head of Community Health Services for Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW Eloise Milthorpe said the benefits were undeniable.

"We often hear from people living with arthritis that the condition and the effects that it has can be frustrating and, at times isolating," Ms Milthorpe said.

"If your knees and feet are affected by arthritis, for example, getting out and about on a regular basis to see friends and be social can be very difficult.

"The Lower Clarence group provides an opportunity to get together with people who understand your condition and who can provide you with support - and a have a good laugh at the same time."

The group meets on the fourth Monday of every second month at 9.30am at the Maclean Hospital Community Health Centre, Union St Maclean.

If you would like more information about Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW and the Lower Clarence support group please contact us on 1800 011 041 or info@arthritisnsw.org.au.



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