Advantage Hers Australia: In Conversation with Caroline Wozniackiv
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Advantage Hers has launched in Australia
Living with a chronic inflammatory disease (also known as an autoimmune disease), such as rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis can be difficult for anyone. These chronic conditions can place substantial physical and emotional strains on those living with them.1,2,3,4,5
One in seven Australians are affected by some form of arthritis.6
More than 400,000 Australians have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a condition which is more commonly diagnosed in women than men.7 The number of Australians living with rheumatoid arthritis is projected to rise to more than half a million by 2030.8
Ankylosing spondylitis affects about 1–2% of the Australian population.9 The disease usually first appears between the ages of 15–40 years.9
Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis has a similar burden of disease to ankylosing spondylitis10 and is more commonly diagnosed in females.11 Up to 20% of people diagnosed with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis will progress to ankylosing spondylitis within a few years.10
Psoriatic arthritis is a rheumatic condition often associated with psoriasis.12 Approximately 10-20% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis.12
Advantage Hers is a global campaign, which has launched in Australia, to show you that no woman living with a chronic inflammatory disease should let her condition get in the way of her dreams.
Inspired by tennis star Caroline Wozniacki’s own experiences of working to gain an advantage over her rheumatoid arthritis, Advantage Hers provides the tools to help you build your own treatment and management plan (‘game plan’) with your healthcare provider and take a more active role in your care.
Creating a Game Plan
When living with chronic inflammatory diseases sometimes you will have the advantage, and at other times your disease will.
If you want help in creating your own game plan, download Caroline’s helpful tip sheets. In addition, a Health Team Discussion Guide is available to help you get the information you need from your doctor and team. Together, you can have an active and informed role in shared decision-making about your care.
Want to know more about chronic inflammatory diseases in general? Check out our quick glance fact sheet or click here for more detailed information about rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.