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released: 12 Oct 2007 author: AIHW media release

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic joint disease, causing large amounts of disability and pain in the Australian community. Osteoarthritis impacts on the mental health and quality of life of people with the disease. There are a number of risk factors for osteoarthritis including excess weight or obesity, joint injury, repetitive kneeling or squatting and repetitive heavy lifting. Osteoarthritis can be effectively managed with medication, exercise and in some cases surgery. This report brings together the latest data to highlight the impact of osteoarthritis in Australia. The report includes information on the causes, treatment and management of the disease. The information included in the report should be useful to the broader community, policy makers and anyone with an interest in osteoarthritis.

ISSN 1833-0991; ISBN 978 1 74024 725 2; Cat. no. PHE 93; 32pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • What this booklet is about
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
  • Sections
    • Key facts about osteoarthritis
    • What is osteoarthritis?
    • Joints most commonly affected
    • How common is OA?
    • Factors associated with getting OA
    • Impacts of OA
    • Osteoarthritis management
    • Support and health-care services
    • Health spending on OA
    • Preventing OA
    • Where to get more information
  • End matter
    • References and further reading

Recommended citation

AIHW 2007. A picture of osteoarthritis in Australia. Arthritis series no. 5. Cat. no. PHE 93. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468033>.