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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

Sources

 

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

  • An estimated one in six (17.0%) of the age-standardised population in South Australia are living with a back problem which has lasted or is expected to last six months or longer.
  • This measure includes sciatica, disc disorders, curvature of the spine and other back pain/problems.
  • The estimate for South Australian rate is higher than for any other state or territory, although margins for error in the estimation mean that there is little to distinguish between the estimates for the various jurisdictions.

 


Prevalence of long-term back conditions, 2014–15 (age-standardised)
State/Territory%
Northern Territory14.1%
New South Wales15.4%
Victoria15.4%
Western Australia15.6%
Australian Capital Territory15.9%
Queensland16.1%
Tasmania16.8%
South Australia17.0%
Australia15.6%

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

Data not available for this indicator.

 


Sources

  1. 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.