Health & Wellbeing


Exercise, arthritis and balance

Getting older and exercise
Haemophilia physiotherapist Abi Polus, haemophilia nurse Megan Walsh and Zev, who is an older man with severe haemophilia, come together for a fun and interesting discussion about exercising when you are getting older with haemophilia. This webinar was filmed during Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week in October 2020.

Arthritis Australia and Musculoskeletal Australia have some excellent information on their websites. There are various types of arthritis; the arthritis that arises from haemophilia that most clinically aligns is osteoarthritis.
Visit the ARTHRITIS AUSTRALIA website to find out more
Visit the MUSCULOSKELETAL AUSTRALIA website to find out more (includes support services in Victoria)

Exercise and arthritis
Physiotherapist Cameron Cramey explains how exercise can improve knee pain in people with haemophilia. 
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Exercises for people with haemophilia
World-renowned Canadian physiotherapist Kathy Mulder has put together a resource of exercises for people with haemophilia. This is a general guide and should be used as such. Exercises are best when tailored to the individual, so individual guidance from your HTC physiotherapist is recommended. 
This resource is published by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and has been linked here with permission. 
© 2006 World Federation of Hemophilia
Visit the WFH website to find out more  

COTA Strength for life program 
Interested in strength and fitness? Benefits from strength training for people with haemophilia include improved muscle strength, joint health, bone density and balance. COTA provides a nationwide supervised and subsidised gym program for Australians over the age of 50 (or over 40yrs old if indigenous) under their Strength for life program. The level of professional supervision may vary from state to state so we suggest discussing your plans with your local Haemophilia Treatment Centre physiotherapist before attending.
Visit the COTA website and click on your state/territory to find out more

Hydrotherapy in haemophilia
Why is hydrotherapy so popular for older people with haemophilia? There are many benefits for exercising in water, says physiotherapist Josh Wakefield. 
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Balance, bone density and falls
What is the good news about balance, bone density and falls for people with haemophilia? Physiotherapist Rebecca Dalzell gives the facts and how to reduce your risks.
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Bleeding problems

Mouth care – gum bleeding
Having trouble with gum bleeding? Mouth care is an important factor in haemophilia. Haemophilia nurse Penny McCarthy describes some simple preventive steps. 
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Blood in the urine - haematuria
If you have blood in your urine (haematuria), it is important to ring your Haemophilia Treatment Centre for advice. Treatment may not be what you would normally do, explains haemophilia nurse Megan Walsh.
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Professor Lorimer Moseley explains that pain is all in the mind, but not the way you think!
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Mental health

Mental health options
Life is challenging and can be more so when living with a bleeding disorder, or if you are the partner or caring for someone with a bleeding disorder. When do you seek help? What kind of help is available? Psychologist Diana Harte gives an overview of the options.
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Bleeding disorders and surgery – what to expect
What do you need to do to prepare for surgery? Haemophilia nurse Alex Connolly explains what will be involved if you have a bleeding disorder.
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Joint surgery
Joint replacement is a common topic of discussion between people with haemophilia and their medical team. When would you consider this? What is the best time? How do you prevent the need for a joint replacement? Physiotherapist Abi Polus answers these questions
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Date last reviewed: 27 October 2020
Important Note: This information was developed by Haemophilia Foundation Australia for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a treating health professional. Always see your health care provider for assessment and advice about your individual health before taking action or relying on published information.
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