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Arthritis - Count the Costs and Bank the Savings - 30 May 2016

A major new report shows the growing multi-billion dollar costs of arthritis to the economy, individuals and to the healthcare system and how relatively small investments could yield savings of more than $170 million a year.

Media release click here to download

Key findings of the report include:

  • There are 3.9 million Australians with arthritis and this will grow to 5.4 million by 2030.
  • Arthritis currently costs the health system $5.5 billion and this will grow to $7.6 billion by 2030 unless more is done to prevent and better manage the condition.
  • Providing better care for people with arthritis can save the health system over $170m a year by reducing demand for joint replacements
  • Arthritis is a major cause of disability and early retirement due to ill-health. This costs the government $1.1 billion in extra welfare payments and lost taxation revenue and costs the economy $7.2 billion in lost GDP alone.

Counting the cost: the current and future burden of arthritis to download the report click the below links: 

Executive Summary

Counting the Cost: Part 1 Healthcare costs

Counting the Cost: Part 2 Economic costs

Speak Up 4 Arthrtis 
From now until the Federal election on 2 July, Arthritis Australia is running the #SpeakUp4Arthritis campaign to lobby Federal Parliamentarians for better programs to support people with arthritis.

Tell your local Member of Parliament (MP) and the Minister for Health how arthritis affects you and your family, and demand programs to give you better care and support. To find out more click here.




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Kids get arthritis too - 16 March 2015

Please support our campaign to raise awareness of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) for Arthritis Awareness Week, 15-21 March 2015. Just post a photo of yourself as a child or with your favourite childhood possession such as a toy or balloon on Facebook or Twitter (#KidsGetArthritisToo).


JIA is a painful, autoimmune form of arthritis that can cause severe joint damage and permanent disability.

Most people don’t know that kids get arthritis, but JIA affects 6000 Australian children including babies and toddlers.


Kids get arthritis too - Media release


Time to Move: JIA report The report addresses how to improve care of people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis


JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis) information sheets:

In response to parents' needs, 22 additional JIA information sheets have been developed by the
Australian Paediatric Rheumatology Group and Arthritis Australia.



Reviewed and updated March 2015


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