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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.


    RAAV registers as a charitable body.

  • 1973


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


    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.


    Public speakers start providing presentations to community groups.

  • 1980


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Arthritis Foundation of Victoria incorporates Osteoporosis Victoria.

  • 1996


    The Smart Moves curriculum package for primary schools is developed.


    Our first website goes live

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    Nordic walking exercise courses begin.

  • 2011


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


    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.


    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.


    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