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4-9. Back pain prevalence

4-9-1. Back pain prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

4-9-2. Back pain prevalence – Aboriginal people

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4-9-1. Back pain prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

  • An estimated one in six (16.4%, age standardised) of the population in South Australia is living with back problems (dorsopathies) which has lasted, or is expected to last, six months or longer1.
  • This measure includes sciatica, disc disorders, curvature of the spine and other back pain/problems1.
  • The South Australian rate is higher than the Australian average (15.7%, age standardised)1.

 

Living with long-term back problems (all ages), 2017–18 (age-standardised)
State/Territory %
New South Wales 13.9%
Northern Territory 14.0%
Queensland 16.2%
South Australia 16.4%
Victoria 16.4%
Australian Capital Territory 16.6%
Tasmania 16.9%
Western Australia 17.2%
Australia 15.7%

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Data source: ABS 2018

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4-9-2. Back pain prevalence – Aboriginal people

  • An estimated one in six (15.6%) of the Aboriginal population in South Australia is living with back problems (dorsopathies) which has lasted, or is expected to last, six months or longer1.
  • This measure includes sciatica, disc disorders, curvature of the spine and other back pain/problems1.
  • The South Australian rate for Aboriginal people is higher than the Australian average for Aboriginal people (12.6%)1.
  • The South Australian prevalance of long-term back problems among Aboriginal people in South Australia is similar to the all-person rate (16.4%, age standardised) reported in 4-9-1 above1 2.

 

Living with long-term back problems - Aboriginal people (all ages), 2018–19 (crude rates)
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 6.1%
Western Australia 11.0%
Queensland 11.1%
New South Wales 13.6%
South Australia 15.6%
Victoria 16.8%
Australian Capital Territory 19.5%
Tasmania 21.5%
Australia 12.6%

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Data source: ABS 2019


Sources

  1. 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.
  2. 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.