Ms. Annie McPherson
Annie McPherson has been living with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) for over 50 years. This
inflammatory arthritis condition affects her mobility and flexibility including her back, neck and
peripheral joints. After complications from her AS, related osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, Annie was
forced to retire aged 47 years. In 2005, Annie co-founded the Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria Inc. peer support group and remains President.
Annie has been a consumer representative with the ANZMUSC network for over 5 years. She is
passionate about health advocacy, awareness and supporting people with Axial Spondyloarthritis (ax-
SpA). She has been involved in health consumer representation, advocacy work, medical student
education and research within the Musculoskeletal community in Australia for over 15 years, including
as a consumer representative on local and international health advisory committees, projects and
seminar presentations for over 10 years.