What we Do

Our work includes:

  • responding to walk in enquiries
  • providing an ongoing telephone advisory service
  • providing personalised information packs in response to enquiries
  • producing our publication, joiNTed, four times a year
  • hosting pain self-management courses for consumers (refer to Services)
  • providing information stands at a range of forums throughout the year
  • promoting Arthritis Awareness Week and other special occasions
  • delivering bulk materials to both the private and public hospitals in Darwin as well as to a range of health service providers
  • community presentations
  • making applications for various small grants to assist with special projects
  • liaising with Arthritis Australia.

News Continued

GLA:D Program –

for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA)

This education and exercise program reflects the latest research on what works  in the real world to help patients manage OA symptoms in the hip and knee.  In developing the program feedback was also obtained from people with OA and experienced trainers.

The program consists of:

  • Two education sessions;
  • Training sessions twice a week for six weeks.

Some of our members have completed the program and found it very worthwhile.

“The GLA:D program that I did at the Palmerston Hospital was fantastic. I went to the program with knee pain which was very bad at times.  I was thinking of getting my knee operated, but as I got on into the exercises my knee has improved a lot. I don’t think I will need an operation in the near future. But I do have to keep up with the exercises.” Ranjit

“I completed the GLA:D program in 2018. I found both the education sessions and the exercise program excellent. I would highly recommend the program to anyone with hip/knee OA. Even if you are planning replacement surgery the program is beneficial to strengthen the muscles around the affected joint/s and will help recovery.” Carol

In Darwin, the GLA:D program is available at:

  • Palmerston Regional Hospital — the program is free but has a long waiting list. Ring 79799502 and ask to speak to Paul Gerkin.
  • Tangibilis Physiotherapy in Berrimah — the next program is starting on August 26. Ring 8914 8880 for more information re times and cost. Click here to see their flyer.

You may get a referral from a GP or self-refer yourself for the program.

Click here to look at the GLA:D Australia website.


Arthritis Australia has announced the release of a comprehensive tool to help people manage lower back pain (LBP).  The website has been developed by a team of researchers, led by the University of QLD.

Professor Paul Hodges said that despite the widespread occurrence of LBP many people receive ineffective and unnecessary treatments.  For example, many
people think they should rest, but rest can actually make it harder to get over back pain.

Arthritis Australia CEO, Andrew Mills, said that MyBackPain.org was created to
provide accurate information to counter misinformation about back pain.  The
input from people living with LBP was crucial when creating the content and functionality of the website.  It contains resources for people with LBP to find out what treatments work, learn from the experience of others, receive
recommendations that are tailored to them, and to feel empowered to manage their own condition and know when to seek help.

The website is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Medibank Better Health Fund is funding a clinical trial into the effectiveness of the website.

Click here to go to the website MyBackPain.org.au

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

Product defect correction notice for Endone 5 mg tablets (batch number CW612, expiry Nov 2020).

A pack in SA has been found to contain a
blister sheet of Anamorph 30 mg tablets. The name on the back of the blister sheet is correct but the tablets look similar to the Endone
Anamorph 30 mg tablets have about four times the dose of morphine as Endone 5 mg tablets and could result in overdose and
serious health risks if taken inadvertently

Before taking any tablets from the affected batch patients should visually inspect the blister sheets to ensure they contain the correct medicine.

If you find any incorrect tablets do not take them. Return the pack to your pharmacy.