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Rheumatoid Arthritis XPLAINED written by doctors, for patients.

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What is RA Xplained?

Medical jargon can be confusing, but, we take away that confusion through storytelling. Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained follows the story of Carly, a 32-year-old mother of two.

Through this illustrated flip-through story, learn about Rheumatoid Arthritis, symptoms, treatments, support groups and the emotional roller coaster that comes with being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Carly has opened up about her condition to help others learn about Rheumatoid Arthritis. Download or view the story to learn about Rheumatoid Arthritis today.


Based on Carly’s journey with
Rheumatoid Arthritis.

WRITTEN BY Professionals

Written by doctors for up-to-date and
correct information.


Reviewed by doctors,
specialists and nurses.


Shared with a focus group of patients with
RA for first hand experience.

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I am 33 years old and I am married to an amazing man and have 2 beautiful children that take up most of my time.

I was diagnosed with RA after suffering from an anaphylactic reaction to N.S.A.I.D.S. Apparently the shock to my system, brought out the disease as it was lying dormant in my body. It has taken almost 3 years to get my RA under control as a lot of the medications haven’t touched my pain or helped in any way up until recently.


“This is fantastic! an excellent way to show the story of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Congratulations.”
“Looks great – should be an amazing resource.”


Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, explained through storytelling. Download your free app today.

Our Community


A wide community of people have contributed to the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained. The starting point being the story of Carly, as well those of people who participated in our focus group.

From this, medical experts, relevant medical bodies and medical institutions were all involved to create reliable and accurate information you can depend on. Along the way, the story has been reviewed by these experts and shared with the focus group to help evolve and optimise the content. Thank you to all of those who were involved!

Dr. Daniel Ching
Dr. Rebecca Grainger
Dr. Doug White
Dr. Daniel Ching
Dr. Rebecca Grainger
Dr. Doug White

Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained for medical professionals

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained story has been such a great help to people with Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as friends, family members and carers. In an effort to help explain this complex condition, medical professionals or organisations can order webkeys and flyers to help let patients know about this valuable learning resource. Order yours today!



Medicine X would like to thank their sponsor Pfizer New Zealand for their collaboration
on Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained.

Pfizer believe that innovation comes from working in partnership with others. We are innovating to bring therapies to patients that allow them to live better and longer lives and vaccines to prevent them from becoming sick in the first place.

We are proud to be part of an industry that has helped treat, cure and eradicate life-threatening diseases. We play an active role across the New Zealand healthcare spectrum working with  patient organisations and government for the benefit of each patient.

Pfizer New Zealand Limited,
Auckland, New Zealand.

To find out more about Pfizer visit www.pfizer.co.nz

Working as a medical doctor, Medicine X founder, Kim Chilman-Blair realised that far too many people are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. The language that doctors use, and what everyday people understand can be two totally different things.

Here at Medicine X, we believe that everyone should feel informed and empowered so they can engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions. That’s why Medicine X isn’t just another boring and complicated fact sheet – we explain medical issues through stories based on real people. It’s relatable, simple, and gives you the information you need.

We hope this helps you on your journey!

For more info about Medicine X visit www.medicinex.com

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Arthritis NZ exist to support the 620,000 Kiwis living with arthritis.

They provide comprehensive info about arthritis, how to manage your condition and can put you in touch with others going through the same thing. Trained Arthritis Educators are on hand to offer support and answer your questions.

Arthritis NZ also advocate for your wellbeing and fund research on the cause and treatment of arthritis.

To get in touch call 0800 663 463, visit www.arthritis.org.nz or join Facebook Monday evenings 7-9pm.

OUR Associates

Dragon Claw Charity is design for people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, their care givers and supporters. It is free and provides a range of services to address questions around self care, diet, pain, exercise, mental health, research and sharing to name a few. Once you join feel free to browse our video and research libraries and the members Forum. It a very useful resource for these chronic diseases.

To find out more about Dragon Claw Charity visit

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The information in the app is of a general nature and is not intended as a substitute for professional health advice. Nobody should act in reliance on any statement contained in this book and all persons should always obtain specific advice from a health professional. Medicine X Ltd has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the health information contained in this book is accurate and up to date. To the extent permitted by law, medicine X limited, its employees and agents accept no liability (even if negligent) for any injury, loss or damage caused by reliance
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A huge thanks to all that have contributed to Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained!

Case Study

Expert health professionals:
Associate Professor Paul Bird
Associate Professor Maureen Rischmueller
Professor Michelle Leech
Dr Irwin Lim
Dr Mona Marabani

Thank you to other community members who contributed feedback on the Medicine X Facebook page.

Medical Writer: James Hogg
Script Writer: Lena Thomas
Art: Akinseye Brown, Amelia Nevarro, Aveliya Design



Rheumatoid Arthritis Xplained is kindly sponsored by Pfizer New Zealand.
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The information in this app is of a general nature only and not intended as a substitute for professional health advice. Nobody should act in reliance on any statement contained in this app and should always obtain specific advice from a health professional. Medicine X Pty Ltd has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the health information contained in this application is accurate and up to date. To the extent permitted by law, Medicine X Pty Ltd, it’s employees and agents accept no liability (even if negligent) for any injury, loss or damage cause by reliance on any of this information.

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