Arthritis & Osteoporosis NT (AONT)

AONT is a not-for-profit organisation partly funded by the NT Government. It is run mainly by volunteers, assisted by two part-time employees and is administered by a Board.

We strive to provide support services and relevant information to improve the understanding of arthritis and osteoporosis.

We promote healthy lifestyles and self-management to reduce the burden of arthritis and osteoporosis.

No referrals are needed and we welcome all enquiries.

Our NT Government funding is for services to the Darwin and Palmerston areas only, however we are happy to send resources anywhere else in the Territory.

We are affiliated with Arthritis Australia and work with them and Arthritis organisations in other states.

My Health Record

Having a My Health Record has important benefits for all Australians.

Better connected care

As more people use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. The result is safer, faster and more efficient care for you and your family.

Personally controlled

It’s your choice who sees your My Health Record and what’s in it. You can choose to share your information with the healthcare providers involved in your care. By allowing your doctors to upload, view and share documents in your My Health Record, they will have a more detailed picture with which to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment to you. You can also ask that some information not be uploaded to your record.

Select from the following for more information:

Control your health information securely in one place

My Health Record for Older Australians

My wishes, my plan – advanced care planning

Latest News

MyRA website

Arthritis Australia has launched a ground-breaking Rheumatoid Arthritis patient-support website.

Arthritis Australia, in partnership with the Australian Rheumatology
Association, has launched a new online rheumatoid arthritis patient-support website.  The free MyRA website provides individually tailored information designed to help people seize control and become active participants in their journey with the disease.

“Our organisation worked collaboratively with Arthritis Australia to help
design and test the MyRA patient-support website, which involved valuable input from across the sector – including an AONT member,” said Joan
Crombie, President of AONT

Andrew Mills, CEO of Arthritis Australia said: “Prior to this program, we found many people were either using ‘doctor google’ to make important
decisions based on incorrect, irrelevant or alarming information, joining online forums without independent and trusted moderation, or joining programs that may only be suitable at a particular point in time due to the medication they are using.”

“A fantastic feature is the way the online patient-support website then links people with arthritis organisations nationwide and relevant local information, educational events, fitness activities, webinars and other support services,
including trained health educators,” continued Mr Mills.

The MyRA website was developed in collaboration with state and territory-based arthritis organisations, informed also by respected international arthritis peers.  The end result is a digital platform that provides a holistic patient-support system.  It covers topics such as symptoms, risks, treatment options, diet, exercise, day to day tips, support services and how to manage pain,
mental health and fatigue. It looks at how to build good relationships with healthcare teams and provides updates about COVID-19.  The website also links through to the National Arthritis Infoline.

Rheumatologist, Prof. Susanna Proudman said that the holistic approach is a game-changer for people with rheumatoid arthritis:  “Patients may only have face to face time with their rheumatologist for a few hours each year and GPs can’t be expected to cover everything outside of that.  The MyRA website provides a holistic resource, trusted support and will save people a lot of time going down rabbit holes that they don’t need to that may offer unproven or even unsafe advice.  People with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from the wisdom of others who have already been down the same path.” said Proudman.

For more information go to the website at: https://myra.org.au

GLA:D Program for knee and hip osteoarthritis

Go to our website page ‘What we do’ for more information

Endone 5 mg tablets —
warning about potential for incorrect medicine in the pack

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

We will soon be open again after Covid-19!

We look forward to opening our doors again to the public, and of course to our membership.

We will be open from Tuesday 9th June

Physical distancing and hygiene measures will be implemented to comply with our COVID safety plan checklist submitted to the NT Government.  We are confident that all visitors to the office will cooperate in this regard.  Staff and volunteers have completed Infection Control Training – COVID 19 to ensure the continued well being of all our visitors.  The office opens at 9:30am.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Joint Movement

  • has been developed to encourage older Australians to become more active
  • is exercises delivered by licenced exercise professionals with specialised training
  • is brought to you through Arthritis Australia and the Arthritis Foundation of the NT, funded by a grant from Sports Australia

Contact the office for more information on 8948 5232

Moving in the Water

We are delighted to announce that the Warm Water version of The Joint Movement will shortly be available in Darwin. It will be held in Coconut Grove between 10 June and 20 July, two sessions per week.

Contact Nikki Higgins on 0421 986 252 or email to nicole.higgins@cdu.edu.au to find out more.

AONT office at Rapid Creek
AONT office at Rapid Creek

Thank you to the  Northern Territory Government

We recently made a successful small grant application to the NTG Community Benefit Fund to purchase a replacement fridge for our kitchen corner and two new computers to improve our efficiencies.