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Get to know MOVE

 
Our statement of purpose

The purpose of MOVE is to improve the quality of life of people who have, or at risk of developing musculoskeletal conditions.

Our Vision

To be a leader in promoting excellence in musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. 

Our Values

Our values are vital to who we are and our success in what we do:

  • Respect and integrity 

  • Service and stewardship 

  • Excellence and knowledge 

  • Collaboration 

  • Leadership

 
Strategic Directions

1. Creating a sustainable future
2. Providing access to a range of evidence-informed services
3. Developing a highly respected research capability that provides a demonstrated impact in consumer-centred outcomes
4. Delivering community education to increase awareness of, and responsiveness to, the impact of musculoskeletal conditions
5. Achieving recognition as a musculoskeletal health industry worker


Our History

MOVE muscle, bone & joint health is the new voice of Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria. Our name may be new but we have a long history as the leading provider of supported solutions and expert knowledge to Australians who live with these conditions.

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  • 1968

     

    The Rheumatism and Arthritis Association of Victoria (RAAV) is formed by Dr Leslie Koadlow AO (rheumatologist and Medical Director of the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital), his secretary Alice Petty and patient Mollie Riches.

    1969


    RAAV registers as a charitable body.

  • 1973

     

    Support groups are formed in rural and metropolitan areas for people with arthritis.

    1976


    The Living with Arthritis courses begin running in community health centres.

  • 1977

     

    World Rheumatism Year. RAAV is incorporated under the Hospitals and Charities Act and we receive our first Victorian Government funding for salaried staff.

    1978


    Public speakers start providing presentations to community groups.

  • 1980

     

    RAAV establishes a unique warm water exercise program with trained volunteers leading classes.

    1983


    Information sheets are translated into several different languages, as well as Braille. We start providing workshops for health professionals, produce the film Any Ache or Pain and launch the first National Arthritis Week awareness campaign.

  • 1984

     

    Volunteers are trained to run arthritis self-management classes and exercise classes in the community.

    1985


    Our name changes from RAAV to Arthritis Foundation of Victoria.

  • 1986

     

    We became one of the first organisations in Australia to run The Arthritis Self Help Course, developed by Kate Lorig of Stanford.

    1988


    Arthritis Update magazine replaces News Review as the official member publication. We begin recruiting and training volunteers to take calls on the help line.

  • 1990

     

    Our mission expands to include all musculoskeletal conditions including back pain and osteoporosis. We develop an internationally-acclaimed osteoporosis self-management course.

    1993


    A partnership is developed with the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital to establish the Centre for Rheumatic Diseases. A new program for juvenile arthritis - Youth and Family Services - begins, providing peer support for families, teenagers and children with arthritis.

  • 1994

     

    We host the Asia-Pacific Arthritis Youth Forum and move to our permanent headquarters in Kooyong Road, Elsternwick.

    1995


    Arthritis Foundation of Victoria incorporates Osteoporosis Victoria.

  • 1996

     

    The Smart Moves curriculum package for primary schools is developed.

    1998


    Our first website goes live www.arthritisvic.org.au

  • 2000

     

    A busy year, we produce a CD and web-based stretch break program for Victorian workplaces and launch the Healthy Bones Bus, a mobile information and education resource funded by the Victorian Ladies Bowls Association.

    2001


    Move it or Lose it, a television show featuring exercise classes for people with muscle, bone and joint conditions is developed and airs on Channel 31.

  • 2002

     

    The Australian Government declares musculoskeletal health a National Health Priority Area.

    2005


    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recognises that there are over 150 types of musculoskeletal conditions.

  • 2008

     

    We award the inaugural Helen Moran Gift to emerging researchers.

    2009


    Nordic walking exercise courses begin.

  • 2011

     

    We launch the Rheumatology Help Line, staffed by nurses, and the Arthritis Map, an online local service directory.

    2012


    The website is redeveloped to make it more user-friendly. Page views double over the next two years.

  • 2013

     

    We published the landmark report "A problem worth solving: the rising cost of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia" and lobby the Victorian Government to form the "Musculoskeletal Clinical Leadership Group" to guide government policy.

    2014


    We convene the Victorian Pain Forum, bringing together health professionals to develop a state wide strategy for the sector. Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter start being used to raise our profile. Our website now attracts over 1.3 million page views annually.

  • 2015

     

    Our new research strategy is launched. A partnership with YMCA to deliver warm water exercise classes in Victoria begins, as well as a partnership with Bowls Victoria to roll out the MOVE with Bowls program.

    2016


    The organisation begins a new era, with a new voice as MOVE muscle, bone & joint health representing 1 in 3 Australians who live with muscle, bone and joint conditions and the health professionals who care for them.


Our People

Our Team

Meet our team