Patient PrepRheum Podcast

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A podcast exploring important and
often-misunderstood arthritis topics.

Naomi Creek - host


Patient PrepRheum is a podcast series hosted by Naomi Creek, CreakyJoints Australia’s National Coordinator, who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 40 years.

In this series, Naomi speaks with fellow patients and renowned doctors to explore important and often-misunderstood aspects of living with autoimmune arthritis and related conditions in Australia. Listen to interesting, relevant discussions with people who live with arthritis to help you feel more empowered.

Diagnosed at age 12, Naomi’s personal experience living with rheumatoid arthritis has made her a passionate advocate for others living with arthritis and chronic pain. She believes patients must have access to the right resources to understand their condition and feel empowered to manage their own health. She is a firm believer in a holistic approach to living well through healthy eating, regular exercise, medication and reducing stress.


Check out season one of Patient PrepRheum below and wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe for access to future episodes. Tell your family and friends to listen too, so they understand more about what you’re going through.


Episode 4: Methotrexate; Management, Myths and Milestones

In this episode, we’ll be talking about methotrexate and clarifying how it is used in rheumatology settings. Methotrexate is one of the main medications used to slow or stop the progression of autoimmune arthritis and reduce disease activity.

We’ll hear from Janine Fisher, a patient who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for 31 years. Janine shares her journey with methotrexate, starting with her initial concerns about taking it. She has tried various other treatments over the years and now uses methotrexate successfully in combination with a biologic medication to manage her condition.

Rheumatologist, Dr Irwin Lim will explain why methotrexate is widely used as a front-line treatment for many forms of autoimmune arthritis. He will also explain how it can safely be used by most people and dispel the myths that have developed around it.

Episode 3: Improving Patient/Doctor Communication

In our third episode, Naomi learns some top tips from fellow patient Sarah Clark about having good communication with your doctor. Sarah tells of her rocky start with her initial diagnosis and early treatment until she found a specialist who really listened to her. Rheumatologist, Dr David Liew shares some wonderful insights and what helps him provide the best care possible to his patients. Click info button for full description and transcript.

Episode 2: Accessible Medication Through the TGA & PBS

In episode 2, we hear from Janine Monty, who lives with multiple autoimmune conditions. Janine shares why having access to a large range of affordable medicine is key to her being able to manage her everyday life. Rheumatologist Paul Bird explains the important role the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) play and how patients can have a say in improving access to a medicine. Click info button for full description and transcript.

Episode 1: The Next Step with Biosimilars

In our premiere episode, we’ll be talking about biologic medicines and biosimilars.  These are medicines that are used to slow or stop the progression of autoimmune arthritis and reduce disease activity when conventional tablet-form medications aren’t working well enough for you. We’ll hear from Ann-Laherty-Hunt, a patient with RA and from Rheumatologist Dr David Liew. Click info button for full description and transcript.


Want to learn more about these topics? We’ve taken the hard work out for you by summarising all the important facts and packing them into short, easy-listening podcasts. Breeze through these mini-presentations and come out with a whole lot of knowledge! Check them out below and be sure to subscribe for access to future episodes.


Audio Guide 4: Methotrexate

Learn more about the medication Methotrexate in this short audio guide that accompanies Episode 4: Methotrexate – Management, Myths and Milestones. The guide gives an overview of Methotrexate and delves deeper into how the medication works, how it is used and its side effects.Click info button for transcript.

Audio Guide 3: Improving Patient/Doctor Communication

Listen to helpful tips for patients and doctors to bridge the gap between patient and doctor. Click info button for transcript.

Audio Guide 2: Medicine approval and access in Australia

Learn more about the role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Click info button for transcript.

Audio Guide 1: Biosimilars

Learn more about biosimilars – what they are, how they are made and why they are an important treatment option for patients to consider. Click info button for transcript.


Here’s a sample of some of resources found on our website. Be sure to visit often to see the latest offerings.

10 Things to do After an Arthritis Diagnosis: Top Tips From Patients

You’ve just found out you have arthritis. Now you need to know how to live with it. These practical tips will help you get started.


Patient Guidelines

Patient Guidelines for Living With Arthritis

These patient guidelines offer detailed, accessible explanations of symptoms, treatment options, integrated medicines and therapies, diet and exercise, as well as how to talk to family and friends about your condition.


Government Support and Benefits for People With Chronic Conditions

Government Support for People With Chronic Illness

Are you searching for government pensions and benefits for Australians with chronic health conditions? We’ve listed the most common ones here.


Maly from The Rheuma Mill with her family

Patient Stories

We’ve devoted this page to your personal stories so you can read about other people’s experiences and learn from them. We hope they will help you feel less isolated and that they will validate your own feelings and concerns.


What Will Post-Lockdown Life Be Like With Chronic Illness?

Living With Arthritis During Covid-19

We’ve sourced the latest information from the Australian Government, the Australian Rheumatology Association and a selection of other official and reputable sources to bring you important resources to live well through Covid-19.


Choosing your healthcare team

Choosing Your HealthCare Team

Choosing your own healthcare team will help you gain a better understanding of your condition, assess which treatments are right for you and help you manage your health more effectively.


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Patient PrepRheum is a podcast series produced by the non-profit Global Healthy Living Foundation, its arthritis patient community CreakyJoints Australia, and made possible with support from our generous sponsors.