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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 (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

Data not available for this indicator.

 


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.