This report estimates that in 2018-19, $2.4 billion was spent managing diseases caused by insufficient physical activity. The amount of physical activity that Australians did participate in prevented $1.7 billion in spending on diseases. At the same time, a further $1.2 billion in health spending could have been avoided through improved injury prevention and management in sport and other forms of physical activity (11% of total injury costs). Information is presented on the web pages using interactive visualisations, and downloadable Microsoft Excel workbooks.
- Cat. no: INJCAT 235
$2.4 billion was spent on diseases caused by physical inactivity, the fourth highest spending risk factor in 2018-19
$1.7 billion in disease spending was prevented by physical activity, including sport, in Australia in 2018-19
$149 million was spent on osteoarthritis following sport and physical activity injuries in 2018-19
Overall, sport and physical activity had a net positive impact on the health system of $321 million in 2018-19