Osteoarthritis (OA) affects almost half a million New Zealanders, causes people a lot of pain, disability and hardship, and costs the country around $3 billion per year.
Each year, more and more New Zealanders get OA of their hips or knees. The burden is increasing because injury and obesity rates are rising, the age of onset of OA is getting younger, and people are less active and living longer. It's a major problem for the health system - increasingly so.
Research has clearly shown what we should be doing to manage this huge burden of OA, but our health system is failing to delivery what is most recommended. We need to change this.
I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm a Research Professor at the University of Otago Medical School, and am NZ's highest-ranked OA researcher. I've partnered with Arthritis New Zealand to support OA research by raising money. From February 17 to March 17, I will bicycle the length of New Zealand - 3000km - to raise public awareness, policy questions, and $ for research & action. Along the way, I'll be giving a few public lectures, media interviews, and blog posts about OA, and what we can do about it.
Please help us by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. All proceeds will go directly to our OA research and research translation action.
Please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!