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Arthritis and Osteoporosis (NHPA)

Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85 million Australians affected at a cost to the Australian economy of more than $23.9 billion each year in medical care and indirect costs such as loss of earnings and lost production.

There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and people of all ages are affected, including children, adolescents and young adults as well as older Australians. In fact more than half of people with arthritis – or around 1.9 million people - are of working age.

It is also estimated that, in Australia, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men over 60 years will have an osteoporotic fracture.

As the population ages, the number of people with arthritis and osteoporosis is growing. According to researcher Access Economics, current trends suggest that, by 2050, 7 million Australians will suffer from some form of arthritis.

In 2013 NHMRC research expenditure for arthritis and osteoporosis was more than $24million for 153 active research grants. More than $228 million has been invested in this priority area in the ten years since 2004.

Arthritis and osteoporosis - research funding summary

Calendar Year

Financial Year

2004

$14,591,150

2004-05

$15,890,425

2005

$17,189,687

2005-06

$18,106,485

2006

$19,023,258

2006-07

$20,473,473

2007

$21,923,669

2007-08

$24,306,964

2008

$26,690,237

2008-09

$26,673,421

2009

$26,690,237

2009-10

$26,500,617

2010

$26,344,620

2010-11

$26,807,656

2011

$27,270,671

2011-12

$25,884,835

2012

$24,489,979

2012-13

$24,334,432

2013

$24,169,875 2013-14 $21,016,197

 

NHPA Type

Period

Status

Updated

Arthritis and Osteoporosis Dataset (XLS, 1.86MB)

2000-2013

Updated

20/12/2013

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Page last updated on 26 May 2014