The Pain is Real

October 2023

Rattle Ya Bones Day on Tuesday 31 October is the national call to action for all Australians to be muscle, bone and joint aware. It is an opportunity to get informed and get supported and help Musculoskeletal Australia raise awareness and funds to make a real and significant impact to improve Australia’s musculoskeletal health.

“We want all Australians to shake, rattle, be informed and support our national call to action for better musculoskeletal health,” Ms Jentz said. “It is time the people who live with the real pain of musculoskeletal conditions, our friends, family, work colleagues, stop feeling invisible!”

Read the full statement here.


You spoke, we listened, and you won! 

May 2022
Consumers who took part in our 2020 national survey and those who contact our MSK Help Line every day have told us that the cost of prescription medicines causes significant financial stress.

Using this information and working with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, we’ve been lobbying the government to make prescription medicines more affordable.

And over the weekend, both major parties committed to reducing the PBS general co-payment if elected to government.

Your voice matters; and it has brought about change.


‘Rattle Ya’ Bones Day’ raises awareness of invisible conditions at Halloween

October 2021
Traditionally October 31 has been all about Halloween. That’s until now! We’re also planning on October 31 becoming known as ‘Rattle Ya’ Bones Day’, because 7 million Australians have a musculoskeletal condition that affects their muscles, bones, and joints. And it’s all too easy for these 7 million people to blur into a statistic.

Until now! Rattle Ya’ Bones Day is a national awareness day for all of these conditions. It’s a day that will shine a light on them, making visible the very real impacts they can have on the people we care about. Fnd out more about Rattle Ya’ Bones Day and how you can become involved.

Valuing self-care for people living with musculoskeletal conditions

24 July 2021
International Self-Care Day is observed each year on 24 July, or 24/7. This date symbolises that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Musculoskeletal Australia is a strong supporter of International Self-Care Day, which focuses on the importance of empowering people with the knowledge and ability to be active participants in their own health and wellness.

Living with a musculoskeletal condition has negatively impacted the lives of 93% of Australian people surveyed according to results from Musculoskeletal Australia

17 March 2021
Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK) conducted the largest and most comprehensive consumer-driven survey in Australia to understand the impacts experienced by 7 million Australians with musculoskeletal conditions. At any stage in life bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and bursae can be affected by musculoskeletal conditions.


Musculoskeletal Australia launches first ever national consumer-driven survey to better the lives of people living with musculoskeletal conditions. 

19 August 2020
Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK) will conduct the largest and most comprehensive consumer-driven survey in Australia of people living with musculoskeletal conditions, or those caring for someone with a condition, to determine how their care can be improved.


Musculoskeletal Australia to launch ‘MSK Kids’ program in support of kids living with juvenile arthritis nationwide 

29 November 2019
The voice of more than 7 million Australians living with musculoskeletal conditions, Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK), has welcomed funding from several partner organisations to launch MSK Kids. This program will provide the first comprehensive suite of information and support resources for kids, and their families living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Congratulations Tiger!

16 April 2019
Open Letter from MSK on behalf of all Australians living with back problems to Tiger Woods on winning the US Masters golf tournament.

$1.00 per person with arthritis is just not good enough

1 April 2019
Consumers are asking how long do people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions have to wait before there’s real commitment to improving their health outcomes?

Despite the much celebrated budget surplus, this week the Commonwealth Government has announced they will invest a paltry $4 million toward an action plan on a condition that affects millions of Australians and costs $13.8 billion.

Musculoskeletal Australia to launch ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ across 1000 Neighbourhood Houses across Australia

6 February 2019
Musculoskeletal Australia has received funding from the Australian Government through Sport Australia, as part of the Move it Aus – Better Ageing Program, to help older Australians become more active through Neighbourhood Houses.

For all media enquiries, or for further information about any of our stories, please contact:
Genevieve Nolan
Programs Coordinator
Musculoskeletal Australia
T 03 8531 8018
A 263-265 Kooyong Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185

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