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4-7. Osteoporosis prevalence

4-7-1. Osteoporosis prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network

4-7-2. Osteoporosis prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex

4-7-3. Osteoporosis prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status

4-7-4. Osteoporosis prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

4-7-5. Osteoporosis prevalence – Aboriginal people

Sources

 

4-7-1. Osteoporosis prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2018, around one in thirteen (7.6%) of South Australians aged 18 years or more were living with osteoporosis1.
  • The rate varies between local health networks (LHNs) from 4.4%** in the Flinders and Upper North LHN to 13.4% in the Yorke and Northern LHN.
  • The prevalence of osteoporosis in metropolitan Adelaide (7.7%) is not statistically significantly higher than Country SA (7.3%)1.
  • No time series is available for this indicator due to a change in survey methods. In 2018, SA Health discontinued the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) and moved to the improved South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS). Results between the collections are not comparable.

 

Osteoporosis prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2018
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 7.3%
Central Adelaide 7.9%
Southern Adelaide 7.9%
Metropolitan Adelaide 7.7%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 7.4%
Eyre and Far North 6.7%*
Flinders and Upper North 4.4%**
Limestone Coast 4.8%*
Riverland Mallee Coorong 4.4%*
Yorke & Northern 13.4%
Country SA 7.3%
South Australia 7.5%
Australia n.a.

* Relative standard error is between 25% and 50%. Please treat the estimate with caution.

** Relative standard error is greater than 50%. Please treat the estimate with extreme caution.

Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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4-7-2. Osteoporosis prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2018, the proportion of the population aged 18 years and over living with osteoporosis was statistically significantly higher for females (10.5%) than males (4.0%)1.
  • The prevalence of osteoporosis is also correlated with age1.

 


Osteoporosis prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2018
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 0.0% 5.1%*
25-34 0.0% 1.3%*
35-44 1.5%* 3.5%*
45-54 4.5%* 7.0%
55-64 5.0% 14.2%
65-74 6.9% 21.0%
75+ 11.7% 28.4%
All ages 4.0% 10.5%

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* Relative standard error is between 25% and 50%. Please treat the estimate with caution.

Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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4-7-3. Osteoporosis prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2018, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over living with osteoporosis and the socio-economic status of the geographic area in which they live1.

 

Osteoporosis prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2018
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 6.9%
Low SES 9.1%
Middle SES 5.9%
High SES 7.5%
Highest SES 8.2%

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Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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4-7-4. Osteoporosis prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2017-18 National Health Survey for people of all ages reporting living with osteoporosis. This is not directly comparable with data presented from the state-wide survey for ages 18 years and over in 4-7-1 to 4-7-3 above.
  • The national survey estimates that 2.8% (age-standardised) of the population in South Australia is living with osteoporosis2.
  • The South Australian rate is below the Australian average (3.3%, age standardised)2.

 

Osteoporosis prevalence (all ages), 2017–18 (age-standardised)
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 1.2%
South Australia 2.8%
Western Australia 2.8%
Victoria 2.9%
Queensland 3.3%
Tasmania 3.5%
New South Wales 3.8%
Australian Capital Territory 4.8%
Australia 3.3%

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Data source: ABS 2018

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4-7-5. Osteoporosis prevalence – Aboriginal people

  • The prevalence of osteoporosis in the South Australian Aboriginal population was 2.3% in 2018-19, same as the national average for Aboriginal people3.
  • The prevalence of osteoporosis in the South Australian Aboriginal population is similar to the all-population figure for the state (2.8%, age standardised) reported in 4-7-42.

 

Osteoporosis prevalence - Aboriginal people (all ages), 2018-19 (crude rates)
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 0.6%
Western Australia 1.2%
Queensland 2.3%
South Australia 2.3%
Victoria 2.3%
Australian Capital Territory 2.6%
New South Wales 3.1%
Tasmania 3.4%
Australia 2.3%

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Data source: ABS 2019


Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Population Health Survey customised extract 2020, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 3 February 2020.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2018), ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, 12 December 2018.
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019), 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics, by State/Territory, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, 2018–19, Proportion of persons,' National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19, cat. no. 4715.0, 11 December 2019.