Young Women’s Arthritis Support Group

Young Women’s Arthritis Support Group (YWASG) was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1996 as a means for younger women to contact others to exchange support and ideas for coping with rheumatoid arthritis and the many other forms of arthritis affecting young women of child-bearing age.

Our support group meets each month at Ashburton Community Centre, 160 High Street, Ashburton. Here, members get together to chat and hear interesting talks from guest speakers. Women of all ages are welcome and partners and friends are encouraged to come along too. Members receive an email each month with full details of the upcoming meeting. A $2 donation at each meeting covers room hire costs, tea, coffee and biscuits. Meeting start at 7.30pm and run until about 9.30pm, but members are welcome to arrive or leave any time during the 2 hour period.

As well as our monthly support group meetings, our website offers information about arthritis and our Forum is growing into a very active community. You do not have to be a YWASG member to join the Forum, so if you are not located in Melbourne, or do not have access to your own support group, this is a great place to meet other women with arthritis and talk to them in a friendly environment whenever you want!

As an informal companion to the our website, we have created a blog called ‘Stiff Chicks’. The blog will be an active place to comment on regular posts and to participate in discussions about living with arthritis.

More Info: http://www.ywasg.com/

stiffchickslinkStiff Chicks is the blog of the Young Women’s Arthritis Support Group, and is written by a team of girls from YWASG with the occasional guest author. Here we share with your our experiences with arthritis, news, information, tips, suggestions, resources and anything else that other young women or their friends and families may find useful. We hope you enjoy your visit.

More Info: http://ywasg.com/blog/

3 Comments
3 comments
  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi RA Guy,
    Thanks so much for giving us a plug on your web site :-) We welcome new members, gals and guys (please don’t be put off by the name) including family and friends of people with musculoskeletal conditions. More the merrier!

  2. Candi says:

    This forum and support group have been an excellent resource and support for me.
    Although I have had RA for 11 years, I knew no one else and hadn’t spoken to anyone else with RA.
    Stumbling across the forum was a godsend last year when I was going through a terrible time with my RA and I don’t know what I would do without it.
    The support from the people on the forum on good days and bad is so helpful and I find it easy to ask a question as there are people with all different experiences who are members and they are always willing to help where they can.
    Come by and have a look :)

  3. Wendy says:

    Hi there,
    i have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.Can anyone recommend a kind rheumatogist in melbourne. The one i have am not sure of.
    Thanks Wendy.

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