YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES


Most people don’t realise that kids get arthritis too.

However in Australia 1 in 800 (6,500) children has juvenile idiopathic arthritis.¹

How we can help

To help you and your family manage living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, we provide a range of support services:

  • MSK Help Line. Our nurses can help you understand the medical information you’re given, or you find on the internet or social media. They can also help you understand medications and treatments, and help you navigate through the complicated health and services systems. Contact the Help Line weekdays between 9.00am-4.00pm on 1800 263 265 or email helpline@msk.org.au.
  • Information resources. We have a range of resources for parents and kids with JIA. And these resources are continuing to grow. They include:
    • Information sheets for parents on JIA, Perthes’ disease, biologics, enthesitis-related JIA, polyarticular JIA (rheumatoid factor negative), polyarticular JIA (rheumatoid factor positive)
    • Infographics for young teens on biologics, enthesitis-related JIA, polyarticular JIA (rheumatoid factor negative), polyarticular JIA (rheumatoid factor positive)
    • Research reports
      • Painful transitions: Young people’s experiences of living with persistent pain, their interactions with health services and their needs and preferences for pain management including digital technologies
  • The Worst Pain in the World by Nicky Johnston. This beautifully illustrated children’s book offers practical advice for children living with pain.
  • School resource – watch this space for our new kit for schools to help explain JIA and help make your child’s experience at school more fun and less stressful.

Contact us

If you’d like to find out more about these services call us on 1800 263 265 or email info@msk.org.au.

Reference

¹ Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia’s health 2016. Canberra: AIHW; 2016. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129555544



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