“I’m a school teacher and single mother of a gorgeous 12-year-old son – I work for him. You can’t believe the pain I encounter every day.”
Thanks to supporters like you, we continue to listen to the needs of people living with musculoskeletal conditions and provide the help they desperately require.
I want to share with you one of the key findings from our recent national consumer survey.
Alarmingly, 66% of people surveyed said that their condition affected their ability to work, and they needed support to continue working.
For many people, work is an integral part of their sense of self and key to achieving their goals in life, providing people with an income, independence and a valuable source of purpose and meaning. However, our survey revealed the profound impact that musculoskeletal conditions are having on people in this area.
“I have really struggled to find and hold down work over the years due to my many conditions. I often feel like a burden, both at home and at work, and use annual leave for sick days. My husband and I would dearly love to start a family but are not financial enough to do so and worry that I won’t have enough energy for a child and/or work.”
To support people to continue to work, we’ll be implementing a free workplace program – and we need your support to make it happen. The workplace program will help people in need by providing education and resources on career planning and transition, rights at work, disclosing their condition to an employer, nutrition, physical activity, managing pain and mental health…and much more.
The workplace program has been supported by a grant – but it’s only with your help that we can launch this program by the end of the year to ensure people with painful musculoskeletal conditions can continue to work.
Today, I’m asking for your help and support so that people with musculoskeletal conditions can continue to work and have the financial stability to live their lives and support the cost of their care.
Please give as soon as you can to ensure we have the funding to support this valuable program for anyone who needs it.
Thank you for your vital support!
CEO – Musculoskeletal Australia
If you would prefer to make your donation in person, please call us on 03 8531 8011.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible. If funds raised exceed the amount required for the workplace program, Musculoskeletal Australia will direct them to the next greatest area of need.