Date: 12 October 2022
Rattle Ya' Bones Day, a National Day of Awareness for all muscle, bone and joint conditions, will be held on Halloween, Monday, 31 October 2022.
Muscle, bone and joint conditions such as osteoarthritis, back pain, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia are the leading contributors to disability worldwide. And yet, most people are unaware that seven million Australians live with these conditions.
Musculoskeletal Australia says that's why Rattle Ya' Bones Day was created; to make these invisible, painful conditions visible and to let people know that help and support are available.
Rattle Ya' Bones Day is an outcome of a consumer survey report – 'Making the Invisible Visible'. The report uncovered that people with muscle, bone and joint conditions feel unseen. They also feel that the community is largely unaware of the significant impact these conditions have on their lives.
As a result, Rattle Ya' Bones Day was born – a National Day to raise awareness and share support.
People are encouraged to create and post a message of support on Monday, 31 October, and share it with their networks and on social media.
The message can be as simple as: "Join me in supporting Rattle Ya' Bones Day on 31 October by sharing your story and encouraging friends and loved ones to share theirs about what it's like to live with arthritis, back pain or another muscle, bone or joint condition. Together we can raise awareness of these common, painful conditions." Or they can share their story.
Use the hashtags #MyMskStory #RattleYaBonesDay and tag us @MSKAust.
Musculoskeletal Australia, which has been supporting people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions for more than 50 years, has a message on its website for patients.
“Pharmacies are Australia’s most accessible health destination, and their staff are ready and willing to give you and your loved ones health advice whenever you need it. Pharmacies are expanding the range of health services they provide to their patients and are now evolving into community health hubs,” Musculoskeletal Australia says.
Contact: The Guild