What does arthritis look like in Australia? We’ve put some infographics together to help show just how huge of an impact arthritis is:
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Arthritis in Australia
- 3.6 million Australians have arthritis. That’s 1 in 7 people
- Baby boomers are more than twice as likely to report having arthritis as the general population
- The most commonly reported long-term health conditions were a mental health condition, arthritis and asthma
- The most common co-morbidities in the 2021 census were arthritis and mental health, arthritis and asthma, and arthritis and heart disease
- 20% of people living alone have arthritis, compared with 7.3% of people living in family or group households
- Over 20% of people with arthritis need assistance with a core activity
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions account for 13% of the total burden of disease in Australia
- Arthritis is the leading cause of chronic pain and the second most common cause of disability and early retirement due to ill health in Australia.
- There are more than 100 different types of arthritis
- Most forms of arthritis are thought to be auto-immune conditions, where the body’s immune system attacks its own joint tissues
- Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the most common forms of arthritis
- Children get arthritis too
- Around 2 million people with arthritis are of working age (15-64 years)
- 52,000 people (aged 15-64 years) unable to work due to arthritis
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions cost the health system an estimated $14 billion in 2018
- Extra welfare costs and lost tax revenue due to early retirement due to arthritis cost $1.1 billion in 2015
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