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released: 17 Dec 2008 author: AIHW media release

Arthritis and osteoporosis are among the world's leading causes of pain and disability, and impose a substantial burden on the Australian community. These highly prevalent conditions are major reasons for the use of health and allied health services, community assistance programs, and formal and informal care. Under the National Health Priority Area of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, national action is focused on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis and osteoporosis. This report brings together data and information from a wide variety of sources to provide a picture of arthritis and ostoeporosis in Australia, and highlight some of the main issues relating to these conditions. The report should be useful to policy makers, the broader community, and anyone with an interest in arthritis and osteoporosis.

ISSN 1833-0991; ISBN 978 1 74024 864 8; Cat. no. PHE 106; 172pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (115KB PDF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body material
    1. Introduction (136KB PDF)
      • A global problem
      • The Australian picture
      • Potential for change
      • National action
      • National monitoring and surveillance
      • Purpose and structure of this report
      • References
    2. Overviews of the focus areas (148KB PDF)
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
      • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
      • Osteoporosis
      • Expenditure on arthritis and osteoporosis
      • References
    3. Arthritis, disability and quality of life (252KB PDF)
      • Describing disability
      • How arthritis leads to disability
      • Prevalence of arthritis-associated disability
      • Physical impairments
      • Activity limitations
      • Workforce participation
      • Social participation
      • Mental health
      • Environmental and personal factors that affect disability
      • Impacts on quality of life
      • Self-assessed health
      • Assistance with everyday tasks
      • References
    4. Arthritis in children (232KB PDF)
      • Types of juvenile arthritis
      • Causes
      • Diagnosis
      • Impacts
      • Management
      • References
    5. Reducing the burden of arthritis (236KB PDF)
      • The disease continuum
      • Prevention
      • Detection and diagnosis
      • Arthritis management
      • References
    6. Osteoporosis and fractures (570KB PDF)
      • Prevalence and detection of osteoporosis
      • Risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures
      • Impacts of osteoporotic fractures
      • Prevention of osteoporosis and fractures
      • Treatment and management of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures
      • References
    7. Trends and patterns in arthritis and osteoporosis (172KB PDF)
      • Trends over time
      • Population variation
      • References
  • End matter (280KB PDF)
    • Appendixes
      1. Indicators for arthritis and osteoporosis
      2. Data sources, methods and classifications
        • Data sources
        • Statistical methods
        • Classifications
        • References
    • Glossary
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Arthritis and osteoporosis in Australia 2008. Arthritis series no. 8. Cat. no. PHE 106. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 October 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468194>.

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