4-2. Arthritis prevalence
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.
|Local Health Network||%|
|Northern Adelaide LHN||22.3%|
|Central Adelaide LHN||19.1%|
|Southern Adelaide LHN||22.2%|
|Country SA LHN||20.3%|
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.
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.
|Socio-economic status (SES)||%|
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.
|Australian Capital Territory||13.6%|
|New South Wales||14.7%|
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).
|Australian Capital Territory||9.6%|
|New South Wales||11.2%|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.