Statistics & Burden of Disease

Statistics and Burden of Disease

Osteoporosis and low bone density (osteopenia) are common in Australia. Minimal trauma fractures resulting from osteoporosis are also common. Generally osteoporosis is under-diagnosed and the prevalence of the disease is expected to increase over the next decade. 

Statistics on osteoporosis

  • 4.74 million Australians over 50 have osteoporosis or poor bone health.
  • There is 1 fracture every 3.6 minutes in Australia (2013). By 2022 there will be 1 fracture every 2.9 minutes.
  • 144,000 fractures occured due to osteoporosis or osteopenia in 2013.
  • Over the next 10 years, the total cost of osteoporosis and associated fractures is estimated to be $33.6 billion.

Costs and Burden of Osteoporosis in Australia

Osteoporosis Australia released a new report in 2013 titled Osteoporosis Costing All Australians, 2012 - 2022 A new burden of  disease analysis. The report, co-authored by Jennifer Watts and Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Deakin University, and Kerrie Sanders, Australian Institue of Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Melbourne was launched at special event at Parliament House Canberra. This comprehensive report details the cost and prevelance of osteoposis, osteopenia and related fractures in Australia. It is essential reading for policy makers, health professionals and the community. 

Author: Osteoporosis Australia Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee
Last updated: 07/09/2014 - 14:28