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MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.25pm): I rise to commend the work of Arthritis ACT. In late July, I attended an information session on falls prevention with speakers Brad Butt from Cooleman Court Pharmacy, Marion Shaw from the Independent Living Centre and Shirley Syme from Arthritis ACT. I want to thank and acknowledge those speakers on the information they provided, but I would also like to pay tribute to Arthritis ACT, who hosted this event.

Arthritis ACT aim to provide quality services, contribute to research and improve the health and wellbeing of people in the ACT and surrounding regions suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. They were established in 1977, and they are affiliated with Arthritis Australia and other state and territory arthritis foundations. More than 30 per cent of Australians, adult and child, male and female, will be affected by arthritis or some form of musculoskeletal condition in their lifetime.

I would like to acknowledge the executive members of Arthritis ACT for the fantastic job they do in keeping this valuable organisation front and centre and active within our community, including their CEO, Ms Helen Krig, and Ms Anna Hackett, their president, as well as all the other valued members of the committee.

I would also like to acknowledge all the other members of our community who volunteer with and donate to Arthritis ACT. And of course you can find out more about that fantastic organisation at www.arthritisact.org.au. It is well worth a look if you have not already done so.

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