We have a special message all the way from Scandinavia from Professor Ewa Roos!

Here from the IBJR we wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season!

At this time of the year, as you all well know, it is time for Santa to fill up his sack with presents for everyone, including those middle‐aged and elderly suffering from pain due to knee and hip osteoarthritis. And wow, there seem to be more and more of them every year! And they complain. They complain they can no longer dance around the Christmas tree. Neither can they sit for as long as the Christmas dinner lasts, without feeling stiffness. Santa thought about his own painful knees for a while, sighed, and then contemplated what treatments to put in his sack.....

Click Here to download the rest of the message



Here is Professor Hunter's final post about how he went while stepping up in September.

The month of Stepping UP in September for osteoarthritis research is now over. For all those wondering how I fared I exceeded the target of 300,000 steps and took 378, 450 steps or 12,615 steps per day (about 10km). I lost a couple of kilos along the way and will try to keep on stepping.

For all those that have supported me-your encouragement is greatly appreciated. Thank-you.

For those who would like to, it is not too late. Go to the fundraising link on donate planet https://donateplanet.com/charities/read/institute-of-bone-and-joint-research/ and commit some funds (all donations over $2 are tax deductible (Au)).

Thanks for your support and keep on STEPPING.



Professor Hunter's Week 3 Update


Week 3 is well underway and we are just about to enter the last week of Stepping UP for September.
So far the step count is not diminishing and in fact my average is picking up slightly to about ~13,000 steps per day.
For those considering getting more active I will leave you with a bit of inspiration from T.S Eliot
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. “

Keep on walking!

week 3.png


Week 2 update from Professor Hunter and he's still going strong!

2 weeks into the Stepping UP for September and I am starting to reap the benefits of increased activity- a bit more focused than normal and sleeping better at night (with the exception of the late night calls last week from the hospital).
A couple of lazy days there last week were just over the 10,000 steps a day threshold but I am averaging about 12,000-thus more than meeting the benchmark I set.
For those of you questioning my judgment and my capacity to maintain this look forward to Thursday this coming week as the day I might buckle. The day starts at about 5am and then is fully loaded with different appointments and as it is our oldest son’s last day at school, social functions into the wee small hours of Friday morning.
For all of you out there increasing your physical activity-keep it UP.

week 2.PNG


A week 1 update from Professor Hunter about Steptember!

One week in and still going strong-was a little harder on the weekend than what I envisaged but still cracking the 10,000 steps a day barrier.
Couple of thoughts for the day:
Conditions are never just right. People who put off doing things until all factors are favourable, achieve nothing.
Force yourself outside the door, once your out, that’s the hardest bit of the workout over and done with.

week 1.png


Today we have another guest blogger who is definitely a familiar face around the IBJR: Professor David Hunter, our Chairman. You will be hearing more from David in the coming month on All Over the Joint while he is taking a step for he is passionate about : Bone and Joint Health.
For years I have been telling my patients they need to change their behaviour to help their joints. One major piece of advice I frequently give is to increase their physical activity. Needless to say sometimes their behaviour changes and sometimes it doesn’t. Not infrequently my patients will come back to me and say “I found it hard to increase my physical activity”, “I didn’t have time” or they call my bluff and say “how much activity do YOU do”?

Well as we step into September it is time for me to “put up or shut up”. In an effort to raise awareness about the role of physical activity in arthritis and to raise funds for research into bone and joint diseases (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/ibjr/index.php) I have set myself a goal.

I regularly tell others to walk 10,000 steps a day so I commit to walk at least 300,000 steps in September i.e. 10,000 steps a day. Like you I am time poor but the burden of disability from bone and joint diseases is pressing so it is time for me to mobilize.

How can you help?

Go to the fundraising link on donate planet and commit some funds (all donations over $2 are tax deductible (Au)). For those challenging my ability to do this who want to see my progress I will post a weekly update on this blog of my step count from my Jawbone UP (an activity monitor I wear) and tweet about my activity regularly. You can make a commitment per step (yes if you want to pay me a $1 per step that will be gratefully received) or just contribute to the grand total. Either way the intent is to draw awareness to the role of physical activity in arthritis and raise some much needed research funds for bone and joint research.

Join me in Stepping UP in September for Bone and Joint Research. Make a donation at: https://donateplanet.com/charities/read/institute-of-bone-and-joint-research/



Congratulations to our very own Dr Marita Cross, Dr Emma Smith and Professor Lyn March for making publication of the day!