AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR—metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards Privacy of data
By subject Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse Chronic disease indicators Deaths
Disability Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Hospitals Height and weight data sources Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM)
Medical indemnity Mental health National indicator catalogue National core maternity indicators (NCMI) Perinatal data Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
Many primary carers of people with disability due to arthritis
and osteoporosis are older Australians who themselves need
assistance and whose caring duties were often making their problems
worse, according to a report released today by the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
'As Australia's population ages, the number of people with
profound or severe disability from arthritis and osteoporosis is
projected to rise and the ageing of the primary carers is likely to
become a major issue,' said Dr Naila Rahman of the AIHW's National
Centre for Monitoring Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions.
In 2003, about 50,000 Australians received help from primary
carers because of a severe or profound disability caused mainly by
arthritis or osteoporosis.
The report, Primary carers of people with arthritis and
osteoporosis, shows that over 40% of these carers were 65 years or
older and 70% had physical problems and limitations of their own,
which were sometimes exacerbated by the care giving process.
'We found that often the carers themselves needed assistance
with daily activities, such as self-care, housework, and transport
and mobility,' Dr Rahman said.
'They also have unmet needs for respite care.'
'Primary carers of people with disability due to arthritis and
osteoporosis often see their caring role as a mark of their
relationship with the care receiver and many reduce work hours or
leave the paid workforce to meet their caring responsibilities,' Dr
'In general, women assume the role of a primary carer more often
than men. However this pattern is reversed among carers of people
with arthritis, with men making up about 55% of primary
'One reason for this reversal is that osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis are both more common in women than in men,
particularly among older age groups,' Dr Rahman said.
Friday 21 May 2010
Further information: Dr Naila Rahman, AIHW,
tel. (02) 6244 1057, mob. 0403 336 293.
For media copies of the report: Publications
Officer, AIHW, tel. (02) 6244 1032.
Primary carers of people with arthritis and
(Report summary) (Full