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Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that mostly affects the hands, spine and joints such as hips, knees and ankles, and usually gets worse over time. It is the predominant condition leading to knee and hip replacement surgery in Australia.

Additional resources for osteoarthritis (including factsheets and PowerPoint slides).

This information was last updated in December 2015.

1 in 13 Australians have osteoarthritis PNG

1 in 13

Australians (8%) have osteoarthritis based on self-reported data, approximately 1.8 million people in 2011–12.

2 in 3 people with osteoarthritis are female PNG

2 in 3

people who have osteoarthritis, based on self-reported data, are female.

1 in 4 people with osteoarthritis report fair or poor health PNG alt

1 in 4

people with osteoarthritis self-reported fair or poor health (24%), compared to about 1 in 8 people (13%) without these conditions.

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rise in the rate of total knee replacements for osteoarthritis and a 25% rise in hip replacement from 2004–05 to 2013–14.

expenditure on osteoarthritis PNG

$1.6 billion

was spent on osteoarthritis in 2008–09. That's 29% of the $5.7 billion spent on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.