News

Arthritis – Count the Costs and Bank the Savings – 30 May 2016

A major new report shows the growing multi-billion dollar costs of arthritis to the economy, individuals and to the healthcare system and how relatively small investments could yield savings of more than $170 million a year.

Media release click here to download

Key findings of the report include:

  • There are 3.9 million Australians with arthritis and this will grow to 5.4 million by 2030.
  • Arthritis currently costs the health system $5.5 billion and this will grow to $7.6 billion by 2030 unless more is done to prevent and better manage the condition.
  • Providing better care for people with arthritis can save the health system over $170m a year by reducing demand for joint replacements
  • Arthritis is a major cause of disability and early retirement due to ill-health. This costs the government $1.1 billion in extra welfare payments and lost taxation revenue and costs the economy $7.2 billion in lost GDP alone.

Counting the cost: the current and future burden of arthritis to download the report click the below links:

Executive Summary

Counting the Cost: Part 1 Healthcare costs

Counting the Cost: Part 2 Economic costs

Arthritis – Count the Costs and Bank the Savings – 30 May 2016

A major new report shows the growing multi-billion dollar costs of arthritis to the economy, individuals and to the healthcare system and how relatively small investments could yield savings of more than $170 million a year.

Media release click here to download

Key findings of the report include:

  • There are 3.9 million Australians with arthritis and this will grow to 5.4 million by 2030.
  • Arthritis currently costs the health system $5.5 billion and this will grow to $7.6 billion by 2030 unless more is done to prevent and better manage the condition.
  • Providing better care for people with arthritis can save the health system over $170m a year by reducing demand for joint replacements
  • Arthritis is a major cause of disability and early retirement due to ill-health. This costs the government $1.1 billion in extra welfare payments and lost taxation revenue and costs the economy $7.2 billion in lost GDP alone.

Counting the cost: the current and future burden of arthritis to download the report click the below links:

Executive Summary

Counting the Cost: Part 1 Healthcare costs

Counting the Cost: Part 2 Economic costs

Events

Living Well With JIA

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Living Well for JIA is a fundraising campaign being run to help the youngest members of the community who live with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania is encouraging people to share the best bits of life and fill social media with positive stories – all while raising money for JIA. If you want to join the challenge to get the most out of your own life while raising money for kids with JIA – go to http://livingwellforjia.gofundraise.com.au/ make a donation or sign up for your own ‘Living Well with JIA’ fundraising page!

Empowered

EmpoweredArthritis Australia has launched a new online resource EMPOWERED. A website dedicated to education and support for Australians who believe they are at risk, have recently been diagnosed, or are living with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. To visit the EMPOWERED website click here.