Arthritis statistics

Arthritis stats

You’re not alone

Did you know that arthritis is one of the most common long term diseases in Australia? According to recent research, more than 15.2% of Australia’s population (3.85 million people) have arthritis (AIHW 2010). Arthritis is also the 8th most commonly managed problem by GPs in Australia (Britt et al. 2009).

So the next time your arthritis has you feeling a bit flat and isolated, take heart in the fact that you are not alone and help is available.

10 fast facts about Arthritis

  1. Arthritis affects more than 3.1 million Australians – that’s 15.2% of the total population at last count
  2. Arthritis is more common in females than in males
  3. Arthritis is the 8th most frequent problem managed by GPs in Australia
  4. One third of people living with arthritis in Australia say that it affects their ability to do basic activities
  5. One in seven Australians with arthritis say that their activities are ‘profoundly’ affected
  6. For every 100 visits to an Australian GP, 3.6 visits are related to arthritis
  7. There are more than 100 types of arthritis
  8. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types of arthritis
  9. More than 1.6 million Australians have osteoarthritis
  10. Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 428,000 Australians

(Data source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2010. A snapshot of arthritis in Australia 2010. Arthritis series no. 13. Cat. no. PHE 126. Canberra: AIHW.)

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