Rattle Ya’ Bones Day ☠

31 October 2022


Rattle Ya’ Bones Day is a National Day of Awareness for all muscle, bone and joint conditions. It’s held every year on Halloween (31 October).

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Also known as musculoskeletal conditions, these conditions are often downplayed as “normal wear and tear”, “just aches and pains” or “part of getting older”. 

💀 But they’re much more than that! 💀 

These conditions can cause chronic, often debilitating pain, fatigue, and reduced mobility, not to mention sleep deprivation, time off work, loss of employment and financial pressures. All of which can significantly affect a person’s emotional and mental wellbeing. 

Staggeringly, 7 million Australians live with conditions like arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgiaand over 150 other musculoskeletal conditions. And, because there are often few visible signs of the pain and suffering caused by musculoskeletal conditions, most people are unaware of the enormous impact they can have.  

👻 Many people have told us they feel invisible. 👻

That’s why we created Rattle Ya’ Bones Day. We want to bring awareness to these invisible conditions so that those who have them are seen and their pain understood. 

How you can get involved

Rattle Ya’ Bones Day is a great opportunity for people everywhere to come together to bring awareness to these invisible conditions. 

Share yourMSK story”(like Cassie has in the video above) at school, work, with family and friends and on social media.

If you don’t have a musculoskeletal condition but support someone who does, we’d love for you to share your story too. Don’t forget to tag #MyMskStory

Visit your community pharmacy

Did you know your community pharmacy does more than just dispense medication?

Pharmacies are Australia’s most accessible health destination, and their staff are ready and willing to give you and your loved ones health advice whenever you need it. Pharmacies are expanding the range of health services they provide to their patients and are now evolving into community health hubs.

Your local community pharmacy may offer a range of services to assist with the management and treatment ongoing musculoskeletal conditions.

Show your support by as little as $7 a month. 

As a regular donor you will help provide a reliable source of funding and help give hope and support to people that rely on us in their time of need. 

Will you pledge $7 a month as a show of support to the 7 million Australians whose lives are impacted by musculoskeletal conditions? 

You can become a part of our regular giving family here.

Share your MSK Story

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The stats*
    • 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

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.

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Supported by:

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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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