2021 Census Insights
The recent Census collected information on diagnosed long-term health conditions for the first time. According to the census data, over 2.1 million Australians reported being diagnosed with arthritis.
Arthritis is the second most reported chronic health condition overall in the census, next to mental health.
Women were more likely to report having a long-term health condition, with arthritis being the most commonly reported.
More than 4.8 million people said they suffered one of the 10 long-term conditions listed in the census, 1.5 million reported living with two, and 750,000 have three. Many of these long-term conditions share similar risk factors to those for arthritis.
New census data on arthritis can show governments where more services are needed. You can explore the full census data here