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Arthritis sufferers excluded from everyday life - 12 October 2014


Media Release: 12 October 2014 

Arthritis is the second leading cause of disability in Australia with many sufferers so severely disabled they cannot engage in basic everyday activities, new UNSW research has found.

The research, to be released to coincide with World Arthritis Day this Sunday, 12 October, was conducted by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) for Arthritis Australia.

Key findings include:


  • Nearly all people with arthritis experience difficulty with daily activities;
  • One third of people with arthritis are unable to manage their home or garden;
  • One in four are permanently unable to work or study due to their condition;
  • Five per cent require assistance with basic personal care, such as showering and dressing;
  • One in five experience significant hardship as a result of the added costs and/or reduced work capacity associated with their condition.


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Reviewed and updated October 2014

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