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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

About Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the membranes (“synovium”) that hold together and protect your joints. As RA develops, this inflammation causes swelling, pain and stiffness of the joints and eventually may damage the cartilage and bones of your joints. RA may also affect other body organs and tissues.

For more information, please visit Arthritis Australia  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


Please note that the information on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. Speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health, medical condition, symptoms or treatment options.


Rheumatology and Arthritis Information   (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

The Arthritis Foundation   (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases   (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


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