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ARMA is a member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, disseminating information from these organisations to the musculoskeletal community across the UK.

Being the UK’s National Action Network (NAN), ARMA actively collaborates with other national and international organisations, as well as representing the UK on an international stage.

EULAR, G-Musc and International musculoskeletal news items:

World Spine Care

At a recent meeting of the World Federation of Chiropractic in Washington, founder of World Spine Care, Scott Haldeman MD, DC, reported on the latest developments. The WSC is a collaboration of people working in MSK care, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from spine related conditions in communities underserved by health care. Desmond Tutu and Elon Musk have put their names to WSC. Work goes on in India, Ghana, Botswana and the Dominican Republic. Besides facilitating and funding clinicians’ work in these countries, the WSC also funds college education for future chiropractors from these countries. The Global Spine ...

Announcing Experts in Arthritis videos

To coincide with October’s World Arthritis Day, the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) has released three new animated videos. These form part of their public education Experts in Arthritis programme, an exciting element to aid in their efforts to educate the public about taking control of Arthritis. The videos can be seen at www.ControlArthritis.org.     The goal of USBJI is to significantly increase the number of Americans who will become better educated about how to alter their lifestyle and take control of their Arthritis.  Please help by sharing the videos with your professional network, your patients, the visiting public, ...

Bone & Joint Action Week 2016

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it. During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions: 12 October: World Arthritis Day 16 October: World Spine Day 17 October: World Trauma Day 19 October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day 20 October: World Osteoporosis Day The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days. World Arthritis Day (WAD) - 12th October 2016 EULAR ...

Lace up for Bones and World Osteoporosis Day

The National Osteoporosis Society’s annual awareness campaign, Lace up for Bones, is now in full swing with thousands of orange laces being sold, swapped and shared on social media. Charity Ambassador Craig Revel Horwood tweeted his photo to his followers, generating a peak of interest. The campaign runs until World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October and laces can be bought at www.laceupforbones.co.uk.

World Health Organisation landmark action plan will tackle tidal wave of musculoskeletal conditions

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, an alliance of prominent health charities, professional and research bodies, today [Thursday 15th September 2016] welcomed a ground-breaking World Health Organisation action plan to tackle a tidal wave of musculoskeletal conditions in Europe [1]. The Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the WHO European Region, which was approved by WHO Europe’s Regional Committee today, includes specific priority actions by all European countries to stem the rise in musculoskeletal conditions and to improve overall health. Musculoskeletal conditions affect the bones, muscles and joints, and are the single biggest cause of disability and ...

October 16th is World Spine Day

It's an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health that is coordinated each year by the World Federation of Chiropractic. This year the theme is "Straighten Up and Move" which accords with evidence supporting optimum care for spinal disorders and the World Health Organization's focus on physical activity as a way to combat a range of health disorders including cardiovascular disease, obesity and, of course, musculoskeletal disorders. For information and resources about how organisations can get involved go to http://www.worldspineday.org/

The First European Civic Prize on Chronic Pain launched

The Active Citizenship Network has launched a competition to provide examples of good practice (within European countries) in working with people with chronic pain.Tell us about your way of working with chronic pain and win!Please see the competition webpage for more information including the project leaflet, the guide and the link to fill the form by the 31st of August 2016.The winners will be given an expenses-paid visit to another winner, and will be published in English in a suitable journal.

Sharing experience of Biosimilars

In Portugal, the authorities are planning what to do regarding the introduction of biosimilars. Biologic medicines are fully reimbursed by the NHS (either patients do the treatment in a hospital setting, or they can have the prescription to collect the product in hospital pharmacies, according to which biologic treatment they are prescribed).Patients and patients organisations are concerned with the possibility of interchangeability if the authorities decide to make biosimilars available by purchase only.Could you let us know how is this being dealt with in your countries?Are you aware of any evidence regarding interchangeability?If you would like to share your experiences ...

BMUS goes to Capitol Hill

Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS): The Executive Summary has been published and distributed to Congressional legislators in DC and their health affairs staff, editorials based on BMUS are slated to appear in a number of publications, and work on the next round of updates has begun.The Executive Summary of the current edition of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost (BMUS) was released by the USBJI earlier this year. Titled The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans — Opportunities for Action, this colorful booklet with clear and colorful graphs ...

A Framework to Evaluate Musculoskeletal Models of Care

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health is pleased to announce the first internationally-informed Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care.  This has been developed by a team of Australian researchers in partnership with the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health.  Models of Care are guides or policies that outline the principles of care for particular conditions and how to implement that care in a local setting. The Framework is intended to help those tasked with planning, implementing or evaluating health services to achieve an optimal Model of Care and its sustainable implementation. While the World Health Organization has ...

For the NHS, multidisciplinary working is the way forward

It’s hard to describe a month like the one we’ve just had, which has been characterised by many positive things for our community, but overshadowed by external events. Like me, many of you will feel worried and dismayed at the result of the EU referendum. There is no denying that whatever the practical implications of it – politically, for the NHS, for our respective areas of work – and whatever actually ends up happening at the end of what could well turn out to be a long and winding road, this result casts tremendous uncertainty over the UK, and Europe, ...

Edgar Stene Prize 2017 open for entries

The EULAR 2016 congress was held at the Excel Centre London from 8-11th June, which included the presentation of the Edgar Stene Prize to Simon Stone from the UK. You can read the 2016 prize booklet here.EULAR have now announced that the Edgar Stene Prize 2017 competition is open. It is open to people 16 years and over who are living with a Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal (RMD) disease. The prize was established in memory of the late Edgar Stene, the founder and Secretary-General of the Norwegian Rheumatism Association who also lived with Ankylosing Spondylitis.The 2017 prize will be awarded to ...

BJD Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care

The first internationally-informed Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care has been developed by a team of Australian researchers in partnership with The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health.What are Models of Care? Models of Care are guides or policies that outline the principles of care for particular conditions and how to implement that care in a local setting.Who is the Framework for? The Framework is intended to help those tasked with planning, implementing or evaluating health services to achieve an optimal Model of Care and its sustainable implementation. While the World Health Organisation has developed a ...

 

World Arthritis Day 2015 and 2016

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The topic for World Arthritis Day in 2015 and 2016 is ‘It’s in your hands, take action’.  The aim is to encourage people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) along with their carers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers, researchers and the general public to seize every opportunity to take action and make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMDs.

Join us on Social Media and take action! 

Find resources and more info on our official website: www.worldarthritisday.org

WAD on Facebook
WAD on Twitter

Bone & Joint Action Week 2015

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.

During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

12 October: World Arthritis Day

16 October: World Spine Day 

17 October: World Trauma Day

19 October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days.

Visit the official website for full details.

Browse World Arthritis Day posts, or click here to expand all in full:

Happy 15th Birthday NRAS!

Last week NRAS was delighted to celebrate its 15th Birthday with an evening reception held at our offices in Maidenhead. We were delighted to welcome His Honour Charles Elly representing the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and the Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor John Lenton and his Escort, Deputy Mayoress, Mrs …Read More

Announcing Experts in Arthritis videos

To coincide with October’s World Arthritis Day, the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) has released three new animated videos. These form part of their public education Experts in Arthritis programme, an exciting element to aid in their efforts to educate the public about taking control of Arthritis. The videos can be seen at www.ControlArthritis.org. …Read More

Westminster Hall Debate and DCLG consultation

Westminster Hall Debate We have, through our ‘Arthritis Champions’ in the House of Commons, moved a backbench debate in Westminster Hall, to be held on Thursday 20 October.  This debate will be discussing, primarily the themes of Arthritis Research UK’s Share Your Everyday campaign and we will be briefing MPs as such. In support of …Read More

Bone & Joint Action Week 2016

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it. During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions: 12 October: World Arthritis Day 16 October: World Spine Day 17 October: World Trauma …Read More

NRAS – World Arthritis Day 2015 & Rheum2Talk

Monday 12th October was World Arthritis Day and NRAS Founder and CEO, Ailsa Bosworth, had a very busy day as she was interviewed on 21 different radio stations’ day time programmes, reaching over 6 million listeners across the UK.  Raising awareness of RA and JIA is vitally important and it will continue to be at …Read More

World Arthritis Day 2015

The topic for World Arthritis Day in 2015 and 2016 is ‘It’s in your hands, take action’.  The aim is to encourage people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) along with their carers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers, researchers and the general public to seize every opportunity to take action and make a difference to the quality of life of …Read More

EULAR – the European League Against Rheumatism

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The UK is one of many countries across Europe represented within EULAR, a diverse organisation that lobbies at the european level. The varying size, structure and activities of EULAR’s members means different approaches to issues must be represented, however all members work with a common goal to improve the lives of people with rheumatic diseases.

EULAR’s activities include raising awareness of the diseases, defending the rights and interests of people with RMDs, and promoting access to the latest and most appropriate treatments. EULAR collects and collates research on the different musculoskeletal conditions, and specifically develops information for broadcast to a non-medical audience.

For more information see EULAR website.

Recent EULAR posts:

EULAR PARE Best Practice Webinars

EULAR has decided to organise a webinar every 3-4 months which will be run by one of the member organisations of EULAR PARE and which will highlight and introduce some of their activities. You and your colleagues are kindly invited to join us for our second webinar. Everyone is welcome so please spread this information …Read More

Upcoming EULAR educational events

Dear colleagues, We would like to bring to your attention the below EULAR courses and educational events. During the year of EULAR’s 70th Anniversary, we offer some special courses and a new seminar. If one or the other triggers your interest, please feel free to register and pass on the information to your fellows and …Read More

Bone & Joint Action Week 2016

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it. During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions: 12 October: World Arthritis Day 16 October: World Spine Day 17 October: World Trauma …Read More

Edgar Stene Prize 2017 open for entries

The EULAR 2016 congress was held at the Excel Centre London from 8-11th June, which included the presentation of the Edgar Stene Prize to Simon Stone from the UK. You can read the 2016 prize booklet here. EULAR have now announced that the Edgar Stene Prize 2017 competition is open. It is open to people …Read More

EULAR International News and e-Breakthrough Magazine

The next Annual European Congress of Rheumatology – EULAR 2016 – is at the Excel Centre, London 8th-11th June 2016. Since its introduction in 2000, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology has become the primary platform for exchange of scientific and clinical information in Europe. The conference’s scientific programme has now been published and the …Read More

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (G-Musc) is a global initiative intended to improve the lives of people with musculoskeletal disorders and to advance understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders through prevention, education and research.

G-Musc used to be known as the BJD, after the United Nations, the World Health Organization and 37 countries proclaimed the years 2000-2010 as the Bone and Joint Decade. Due to the success of this organisation it was extended to become the Bone and Joint decades, with a scope lasting until 2020. The initial 10-year global initiative was launched by the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who urged governments around the world to start taking action to draw attention to the growing pervasiveness and impact of musculoskeletal diseases, and to reduce the social and financial burdens to society.

What is ARMA’s Role in the Global Alliance?

As a supporter of the lobal Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, ARMA is part of a worldwide effort to:

  • raise awareness and educate the world on the increasing societal impact of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders
  • empower patients and service users to participate in decisions about their care and treatment
  • increase global funding for prevention activities and treatment research
  • continually seek and promote cost-effective prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders

The World Health Organization estimates that several hundred million people already suffer from bone and joint diseases, with dramatic increases expected due to a doubling in the number of people over 50 years of age by 2020. Musculo-skeletal conditions are the most common causes of severe long-term pain and physical disability, affecting hundreds of million of people across the world. The extent of the problem and its burden on patients and society can be understood from some examples:

  • Joint diseases account for half of all chronic conditions in persons aged 65 and over.
  • Back pain is the second leading cause of sick leave.
  • Fractures related to osteoporosis have almost doubled in number in the last decade; it is estimated that 40% of all women over 50 years will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture.
  • The severe injuries caused by traffic accidents and war produce a tremendous demand for preventive and restorative help. It it anticipated that 25% of health expenditure of developing countries will be spent on trauma related care by the year 2010.
  • Crippling diseases and deformities continue to deprive children of their normal development.

Please visit the Global Alliance site for more information.

 

Recent Global Alliance posts:

Bone & Joint Action Week 2016

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it. During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions: 12 October: World Arthritis Day 16 October: World Spine Day 17 October: World Trauma …Read More

A Framework to Evaluate Musculoskeletal Models of Care

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health is pleased to announce the first internationally-informed Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care.  This has been developed by a team of Australian researchers in partnership with the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health.  Models of Care are guides or policies that outline the principles of care for particular …Read More

BJD Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care

The first internationally-informed Framework for Developing and Evaluating Musculoskeletal Models of Care has been developed by a team of Australian researchers in partnership with The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health. What are Models of Care? Models of Care are guides or policies that outline the principles of care for particular conditions and how to implement …Read More

Guest Blog: An Opportunity for Joint Action

by Professor Anthony Woolf, Chair of ARMA and Chair of the Bone and Joint Decade: A Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health Musculoskeletal conditions continue to be the greatest cause of disability in the UK according to the Global Burden of Disease study [click for summary], accounting for 30%. Low back pain is the greatest specific …Read More

Bone and Joint Decade Action Week

Key dates and activities during BJD Action week 12th to 20th October 2015 are: Monday 12th October               World Arthritis Day (WAD) ‘It’s in your hands, take action’ – EULAR PARE are asking people to take action for WAD share virtual High 5s on social media, using the hashtag #WADHigh5. Lots of other activities are also …Read More

 

EULAR PARE Trustee – Di Skingle

di-skingle1Diana SKINGLE has had rheumatoid arthritis since 2005. After a career in HM Diplomatic Service that took her all over the world, she has now settled in London. She is a member of the EULAR PARE (People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe) Board and is a Director of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. She is also Hon Secretary and Executive Committee member of Age Concern Chiswick, London.

Di considers that it is vital that the views of all those who use medical and welfare services should be at the heart of how they designed and delivered. She said “I think that it particularly important that the voice of those with musculoskeletal diseases should be heard loudly at local, national and international levels. It is only then that the complex needs associated with these chronic conditions can be fully considered and met.”

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