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Arthritis: Impact on Australia's workforce

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Arthritis
Impact on Australia's workforce
Arthritis can effect many joints in the body, but most commonly impacts on the spine, knee or hip The personal and societal burdens are enormous and lead to substantial impacts on the economy
80, 032 Australians are not working due to arthritis
$24.9 Billion
3.9 million Australians have arthritis
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direct and indirect costs due to arthritis in Australia
67% of Australians with arthritis have moderate-substantial work-related disability
$9.4 Billion lost in GDP as a result
People diagnosed with arthritis
People with no arthritis
39%
17%
In work-force
Not working
Arthritis more than doubles the likelihood you will not be in the workforce
People with arthritis plus other chronic health conditions are less likely to work
Arthritis + 1 other chronic condition
Arthritis + 2 other chronic conditions
Arthritis + 3 or more other chronic conditions
53%
56%
83%
3 out of 4 Australians
report at least one other chronic health condition
Cardiovascular Disease
Back Problems
Mental Health
Asthma
Diabetes
COPD
Cancer
44%
5%
29%
23%
14%
12%
7%
Annual medical costs = >$4 Billion
$505K
$84K
$366K
$68K
Males retiring early (45-54 y/o) due to arthritis will have an average of 83% less savings to fund their retirement compared to males who work to 65
Females retiring early (45-54 y/o) due to arthritis will have an average of 81% less savings to fund their retirement compared to females who work to 65
Early retirement due to arthritis can ruin your retirement
Retire at 65 y/o
Retire 45-54 y/o
Retire 45-54 y/o
Retire at 65 y/o
THE GOOD NEWS
With the right advice, arthritis can be well managed and its impact on your ability to work reduced A number of safe treatments are effective, including: - Exercise - Weight loss and diet - Simple pain medications like paracetamol
See your local GP or physiotherapist for more guidance on how best to manage osteoarthritis
You are not alone
Want to develop your own management plan? Want to connect with other people managing arthritis?
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