Ankylosing Spondylitis group of Victoria

Phone (+61 ) 0408 343 104 



Annie Mc Pherson
P.O. Box 3166
Burnley North, VIC 3121


General Information

Membership 1 January 2017
62 members
Local branches
Based at Austin Spondylitis Clinic, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria
4 Officers and 2 committee members;  
Office staff 
Important persons running the society
President: Annie McPherson
Treasurer: Paul Fallon
Secretary: Vicky Genius 
Vice President: Adam Collard
International contacts and Delegate to ASIF Council
Annie McPherson  
Medical advisors
Dr Lionel SCHACHNA: Rheumatologist & Consultant, Austin Spondylitis Clinic, Austin Health;
Margaret Lewington, Physiotherapist, Brisbane
Newsletter Editor
AStretch (4 per year), a combined effort of the Australian AS groups in Queensland and Victoria
AS Victoria Inc contributes to Arthritis Victoria’s publications; educational and information seminars;  Editorial Board:  Dr Lionel SCHACHNA, Margaret LEWINGTON, Annie MCPHERSON,
Further publications
AS QLD water exercise DVD
Most impor-tant events in past and coming year
2017: 3 x social dinners, 1 x educational seminar
Annually: 2 x Community AS Information Stand 
Access to bi-annual Physiotherapy AS training course
Monthly “Coffee & Chat” sessions 
Financial sources
Membership fees, donations and grants
Mostly discussed problems and intentions & Remarks
  We are a not for profit peer support group for people and families living with Ankylosing Spondylitis, our goals and objectives include:-
• Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
• Distribute information to patients and medical professionals on AS.
• Provide and co-ordinate educational information, events, workshops and seminars on AS.
• Co-operate and interact with local, interstate, international Arthritis and peer support groups including participation in their events and activities.
• Arrange social events and activities for our group members, their families and friends.


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Updated: June 2017