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4-2. Arthritis prevalence

4-2-1. Arthritis prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network

4-2-2. Arthritis prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex

4-2-3. Arthritis prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status

4-2-4. Arthritis prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

4-2-5. Arthritis prevalence – Aboriginal people

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4-2-1. Arthritis prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2015, around one in five (20.8%) South Australians aged 18 years or more were living with arthritis.
  • There is no statistically significant difference between the Country SA rate of 20.3% and the metropolitan Adelaide rate of 21.0%.
  • No statistically significant underlying trend over the last decade in the proportion of people reporting living with arthritis was identified in the metropolitan Adelaide time series
  • However, the Country SA time series statistically significantly declined between 2005 and 2015.

 

Arthritis prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Local Health Network%
Northern Adelaide LHN22.3%
Central Adelaide LHN19.1%
Southern Adelaide LHN22.2%
Metropolitan Adelaide21.0%
Country SA LHN20.3%
South Australia20.8%
Australian.a.

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4-2-2. Arthritis prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2015, the proportion of the population aged 18 years and over that was living with arthritis was statistically significantly higher for females (25.7%) than males (15.3%).
  • Arthritis prevalence is also correlated with age.

 


Arthritis prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Age (years)MalesFemales
18-240.7%0.6%
25-341.2%7.5%
35-444.5%9.2%
45-5415.4%19.9%
55-6424.8%41.6%
65-7435.0%55.8%
75+39.9%60.7%
All ages15.3%25.7%

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4-2-3. Arthritis prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2015, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who are living with arthritis and the socio-economic status of the geographic area in which they live.

 

Arthritis prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Socio-economic status (SES)%
Lowest SES25.9%
Low SES19.3%
Middle SES24.2%
High SES18.2%
Highest SES17.5%

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4-2-4. Arthritis prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey for people of all ages reporting living with arthritis. This is not directly comparable with data presented from the state-wide survey for ages 18 years and over in 4-2-1 to 4-2-3 above.
  • The national survey reports figures that broadly corroborate the statewide figures, showing that an estimated 15.2% of the age-standardised population in South Australia are living with arthritis.
  • The South Australian rate is a little higher than the Australia-wide estimate (13.9%) and is at the top end of the range of rates for the states and territories, although it is lower than that for Tasmania.

 


Arthritis prevalence (all ages), 2014–15 (age-standardised)
State/Territory%
Northern Territory10.2%
Western Australia12.3%
Queensland12.4%
Australian Capital Territory13.6%
Victoria13.7%
New South Wales14.7%
South Australia15.2%
Tasmania19.3%
Australia13.9%

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4-2-5. Arthritis prevalence – Aboriginal people

  • The 11.2% of Aboriginal people in South Australia who reported living with arthritis was above the national average for Aboriginal people of 9.5%.
  • Arthritis prevalence for Aboriginal people varied between states and territories, with South Australia ranked equal third highest with New South Wales.
  • The rate for Aboriginal people in South Australia during 2012-13 (11.2%) is below the 14.6% for all persons in South Australia recorded in 2011-12 (see 4-2-4 above).

 


Arthritis prevalence - Aboriginal people (aged 15+ years), 2012-13
State/Territory%
Northern Territory5.5%
Western Australia6.5%
Queensland8.5%
Australian Capital Territory9.6%
New South Wales11.2%
South Australia11.2%
Victoria12.8%
Tasmania15.3%
Australia9.5%

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Sources

  1. Based on Health Information Portal database 2016, 'Management Reporting, Reports, South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System Online, Arthritis prevalence (Age 18+)', SA Health, Adelaide, accessed 14 December 2016.
  2. Based on ABS 2015, ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, viewed 6 June 2016.
  3. Based on ABS 2013, 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics by State/Territory,' Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: First results 2012-13, cat. no. 4727.0.55.001, viewed 4 February 2014.