Increase in funding to support arthritis care in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Ultan O'Dwyer, General Manager
Arthritis Queensland, WOTSO Chermside
Level 2 Westfield Chermside, CHERMSIDE QLD 4032
Total Signatures - 1,607
Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament
Posting Date: 1/5/2024
Closing Date: 9/6/2024
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the urgent need for further state government funding for arthritis sufferers through not-for-profit Arthritis Queensland.

Currently in Queensland more than 8% of the population lists arthritis as a long-term health condition, with the debilitating chronic illness having significant and lifelong impacts on individuals of all ages. With arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions already costing Australia’s health system an estimated $14 billion annually, there is a need for further outreach, support and education services. Arthritis Queensland plays a crucial role in providing this support and assistance to those affected, but current funding levels are insufficient to meet the growing demand for services. At least $1.75 million over four years is required.

Your petitioners, therefore, urgently request the House to do all within its power to ensure increased, ongoing funding to Arthritis Queensland: 

•         to enhance existing services

•         develop new rheumatology nurse programs 

•         expand online exercise programs

•         establish regional pilot programs.