Donations made here will help fund an new initiative to improve the quality of osteoarthritis care in the NZ public healthcare system
Osteoarthritis - mainly sore hips and knees - is a very common, painful and disabling disease.
There are a lot of misleading myths about what is good and bad for osteoarthritis that lead to poor care, and unnecessary pain and suffering.
And there is a lot that can be done in the public health system to help people with osteoarthritis lead active, productive lives with less pain and better quality of life. But currently, the most recommended treatments are not being routinely delivered, and instead less effective, more costly, and even harmful treatments are being delivered instead.
For nearly 15 years, our research has looked into what are the best, most effective, and most cost-effective treatments for osteoarthritis for the NZ healthcare system - and getting them delivered for the benefit of all New Zealanders. You can look at the kind of things we've done here: [http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10718], here: [http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10422] and here: [https://cmor.shinyapps.io/cmor-evidence-table/]. We need your help to get this knowledge put into action.
Donations in 2021 go toward sponsoring the “Kōtihitihi Kaikōiwi Aotearoa | New Zealand Osteoarthritis Summit”, to be held in Wellington, November 2021. We will be inviting the Minister of Health and MoH, DHB and PHO policymakers, to present them with research and policy recommendations.
Last year I rode my bike 3,000km in a month, raising around $3,000 for osteoarthritis research.
This year, I'm teaming up with ArthritisNZ, healthcare professional organisations & researchers to ride a message for change to the policy-makers in Wellington.