Arthritis Statistics

  • 3.9 million Australians have arthritis. That’s 1 in 6 people.
  • By 2030, it is projected there will be 5.4 million Australians with arthritis.
  • Around 2 million people with arthritis are of working age (15-64 years)
  • Arthritis cost the health system $5.5 billion in 2015. This will rise to $7.6 billion by 2030.
  • Arthritis accounts for 8% of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia
  • Children get arthritis too
  • 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.
  • 52,000 people (aged 15-64 years) unable to work due to arthritis
  • Extra welfare costs and lost tax revenue due to early retirement due to arthritis cost $1.1 billion in 2015
  • 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
  • We do know you’ve got to move it or lose it; rest can make pain and other symptoms much worse.

There’s no cure… yet, but there’s a lot that can be done and with your help we can make life for people with arthritis a whole lot better!

Source and credit: Arthritis Australia



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Last reviewed 31 August 2022.