Rattle Ya’ Bones Day

31 October 2022


Rattle Ya’ Bones Day (RYBD), held annually at Halloween, is a National Day of Awareness for all muscle, bone and joint conditions. Also known as musculoskeletal conditions, they include arthritisback paingout, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

RYBD aims to bring awareness to these conditions and their impact on people’s lives.

Muscle, bone, and joint conditions are often downplayed as “normal wear and tear” or misunderstood as being “just aches and pains”. We know that they’re much more than that. These conditions can cause chronic, often debilitating pain, fatigue, and reduced mobility. They cause sleep deprivation, time off work, loss of employment, financial pressures and can significantly affect a person’s emotional and mental wellbeing.

However, because there’s often little visible sign of the pain and suffering caused by musculoskeletal conditions, the general population is mostly unaware of their impact.

These conditions really are invisible

7 million Australians, like Cassie,  live with muscle, bone, and joint conditions. Many have told us they feel invisible. RYBD will help change that so these conditions and the people who have them are finally seen and understood.



How you can help

RYBD provides an opportunity for people everywhere to come together and find a common voice to help bring much needed awareness to these invisible conditions.

Share your “MSK story” at school, at work, with family and friends and on social media media to let people know what it is like to live with a musculoskeletal condition

Don’t forget to tag us @MSKAust #RattleYaBonesDay #MskAware.

From 24-31 October, you can receive a free medicines review at your community pharmacy if you have a musculoskeletal condition. Take your medicines (including prescription, over-the-counter – like paracetamol, for example – vitamins and supplements) for review.

When visiting your pharmacy, simply mention that you would like to receive a free medicines review as part of MSK’s Rattle Ya’ Bones Day.

A medicines review can help you:

    • reduce costs
    • eliminate duplicate medicines and excessive doses
    • avoid dangerous medicine interactions
    • safely dispose of unneeded medicines.

Make a Donation

By donating $22 in 2022 you can help make these invisible conditions visible and support people whose lives they impact. Monies raised will ensure people have access to the resources they need to help manage their conditions.

RYBD Charity Golf Day

Our Annual Charity Golf Day gives our corporate and business partners the opportunity to sponsor and support the work of Musculoskeletal Australia, while enjoying a round of golf on one of Australia’s premier courses.

To find out how you can get involved in this RYBD fundraising event, please contact us for more details.

Partner with us

Is your organisation interested in supporting Rattle Ya’ Bones Day? Your organisation’s support will help create awareness around the wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and the impact they have on people’s lives. Contact us to learn more.

Did you know?**

    • 1 in 3 people have one or more musculoskeletal conditions
    • Musculoskeletal conditions aren’t just conditions of old age. Babies, children, and young adults are affected as well
    • 93% of people told us that their lives were negatively impacted by their condition
    • 58% of people are of prime working age (25-64)
    • Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common cause of early retirement
    • Musculoskeletal conditions cost the economy $55 billion each year.

*Making the invisible visible: Australians share the impacts of musculoskeletal conditions on their lives

*A problem worth solving

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Musculoskeletal Australia (or MSK) is the consumer organisation working with, and advocating on behalf of, people with arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, gout and over 150 other musculoskeletal conditions.

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