Arthritis is a very common condition in Australia affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. Its symptoms often have a big impact on the daily lives of people, and although arthritis can be difficult to live with, there are many simple measures that can help anyone manage their symptoms.
Australian Dental Association Inc
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is an organisation of dentists which has as its aim the encouragement of the health of the public and the promotion of the art and science of dentistry. There are Branches of the Association in all States and Territories. Membership is voluntary and over 90% of dentists in Australia are members. By using the "Find a Dentist" search on the ADA website you can locate an accessible dentist in your area.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
The AIHW is the national agency set up to provide information on Australia's health and welfare, through statistics and data development that inform discussion and decisions on policy and services. We work closely with all State, Territory and Australian Government health, housing and community services agencies in collecting, analysing and disseminating data.
beyondblue - the national depression initiative
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments with a key goal of raising community awareness about depression and reducing stigma associated with the illness. beyondblue works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, to bring together their expertise around depression.
Black Dog Institute - Mood Assessment Program (MAP)
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder. The MAP is a computerised assessment and diagnostic tool for mood disorders. Based on the Black Dog sub-typing model of depression the MAP incorporates nearly a quarter of a century of sophisticated clinical expertise in assessment, diagnosis and management planning for people with mood disorders (both depressive and bipolar disorders). Referred patients access the MAP using a unique access code provided by their GP or psychologist, who has registered as a MAP referrer.
Chronic Illness Alliance
The Chronic Illness Alliance has 48 member organisations, both state and national. The aim of the Alliance is to build a better focus in health policy and health services for all people with chronic illnesses. It does this through education and research projects.
Chronic Pain Australia
Chronic Pain Australia's mission is to reduce the unnecessary suffering and isolation caused by chronic pain in the Australian community. No Australian living with persistent pain should suffer alone or without access to resources and information which help them effectively manage their pain in a manner promoting dignity and self respect, regardless of age, socio-economic or compensation status. Chronic Pain Australia’s key aims are to: improve knowledge and understanding about chronic pain across Australia; promote better understanding amongst health professionals about what it is like to live with chronic pain; and work towards supported self-management of pain.
Consumers Health Forum of Australia Inc (CHF)
CHF is the peak organisation providing leadership in representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. We work to achieve safe, good quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by the best health information and systems the country can afford.
Diabetes Australia is a national federated body made up of state and territory organisations supporting people with diabetes and those professional and research bodies particularly concerned with the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Our purpose is to help all people affected by diabetes and those at risk and to contribute to the search for a cure. Diabetes Australia works in partnership with diabetes health professionals and educators, researchers and healthcare providers to minimise the impact of diabetes on the Australian community.
Health Consumers of Rural and Remote Australia
At its heart, HCRRA is a group of people from across Australia with different backgrounds and experience who have come together under one banner because they believe that Australians living in the rural and remote areas of this country have the right to receive a reasonable level of health care. Our membership includes CEOs, researchers, doctors, allied health professionals, representative groups, politicians and, perhaps most importantly, individuals who are concerned at the level of health services provided in their local area.
healthdirect Australia is the collective trading name for the National Health Call Centre Network Limited (NHCCN Ltd) and those of its contractors who provide nationwide access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to healthcare triage, health advice and health information. The services available through healthdirect are wholly or jointly funded by federal, state and territory governments and include: the healthdirect Australia telephone triage, health advice and information line; the Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Helpline; and HealthInsite, the online health information service.
Health Issues Centre
Health Issues Centre is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that began in 1985 to promote equity and consumer perspectives in the Australian health system. Our mission is to improve the health outcomes for Australians, especially those who are disadvantaged. The focus of Health Issues Centre's work is mainly in Victoria but we take a national approach where appropriate.
Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services. Somewhere in Australia there is a new call to Lifeline every minute. People call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support service 13 11 14 about many things including: anxiety; depression; loneliness; abuse and trauma; physical or mental wellbeing; suicidal thoughts or attempts; stresses from work, family or society; or information for friends and family. Lifeline also provides national services and campaigns that promote emotional wellbeing, encourage help seeking, and address suicide prevention and awareness.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a severe, complex, acquired illness with numerous symptoms related mainly to the dysfunction of the brain, gastro-intestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. ME/CFS Australia is an affiliation of autonomous state ME/CFS organisations. It operates at the national level, approaching ME/CFS issues from an Australia-wide perspective. The organisation operates as a public, non-profit company limited by guarantee. A key goal of ME/CFS Australia is to improve the access of people with ME/CFS to the healthcare system and to influencing decision makers to make the system more responsive.
Medconsumer.info - a medical information portal
Medconsumer.info provides links to medical information found on the Web. Medconsumer.info sells no products or services and does not provide medical advice. The mission of Medconsumer.info is to provide a means of connecting patients with Web-based medical information, social groups, government agencies, and businesses associated with the medical industry.
MyHospitals is an Australian Government initiative to inform the community about hospitals by making it easier for people to access information about how individual hospitals are performing. On this website you’ll find information about bed numbers, patient admissions and hospital accreditation, as well as the types of specialised services each hospital provides. The website also provides comparisons to national public hospital performance statistics on waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department care, where data are available. This website draws on data collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, provided by state and territory health departments and private hospitals. For more information about the collection and reporting of hospital statistics in Australia, go to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
National Prescribing Service
NPS is the Quality Use of Medicines service agency for Australia’s National Medicines Policy. Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) means selecting management options wisely; choosing suitable medicines if a medicine is considered necessary; and using medicines safely and effectively.
QUM applies equally to decisions about medicine use by an individual or within a community. The term ‘medicine’ includes prescription, non-prescription and complementary medicines.
NPS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
National Rural Health Alliance
The National Rural Health Alliance comprises 31 Member Bodies, each a national body in its own right, representing health professionals, service providers, consumers, educators and researchers. The vision of the Alliance is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia, with the specific goal of equal health for all Australians by 2020.
This website allowed Australians to provide their views to the Australian Government about options to improve the health system. The site is operated by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. All external comments, feedback, videos and stories received via the website were published in the website, except at the express wish of the submitter, or where they contravened the moderation guidelines.