Ella talks Footloose

What's it like having arthritis at 15?
When I first heard about Camp Footloose to be honest I was a bit hesitant and didn’t really want to go, and as it turns out, choosing to go was one of the best decisions of my life. I met kids just like me. I didn’t have to explain why I couldn’t do something…
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Sofia’s story

Sofia suffers from JIA and is a patient of The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Generally thought of as an adult disease, it might surprise you to know that 1 in 800 Australian children are affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Rachelle said, “we were completely shocked when Sofia was diagnosed, because we’d never heard of arthritis in children. We thought it was a disease that only affected…
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Rohan’s story

Rohan Bright on the blocks at a swimming meet, Paediatric Rheumatology Network, Sydney Children's Hospital Network
Champion swimmer Rohan Bright’s story is one of true courage and great persistence. When Rohan was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at eight years old it came as a huge shock to his family. They were already dealing with his diagnosis with hypochondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, when he was a baby and another illness…
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Get ready for Camp Footloose

Thank you for holding a great camp. I met heaps of great people and had an amazing time. Its time to start thinking about Camp Footloose.  If you are between 9 and 18 year of age, why don’t you consider attending Camp Footloose.   Camp Footloose is an annual event run by Arthritis…
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Hydrotherapy for children. What’s it all about?

Hydrotherapy for children. Paediatric Rheumatology Network, Sydney Children's Hospital Network. Photo by Frank McKenna on Unsplash
Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy that uses the body’s natural buoyancy, warmth and the water’s resistance to bring about therapeutic effects. In children with rheumatologic conditions, hydrotherapy can alleviate symptoms associated with juvenile arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis and other inflammatory conditions.
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