AIHW: More Australians are being hospitalised

AIHW: More Australians are being hospitalised

More Australians are being hospitalised from arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions, according to new information released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on 3 December.

'The overall hospitalisation rate for these types of conditions rose by 13% between 2004-05 and 2013-14,' said AIHW spokesperson Ann Hunt. 'Hospitalisation rates increased across most musculoskeletal conditions, and dramatically across some.’ For example, some types of arthritis had risen dramatically.

Osteoporosis Australia CEO Greg Lyubomirsky responding to the new information said, “We know osteoporosis leads to fractures and that creates a burden on hospitals, and yet we also know many of these fractures could have been prevented.”

Greg said, “We need improved outcomes in 2 critical areas, firstly patients with risk factors for osteoporosis must be investigated with a bone density test and then managed appropriately. Secondly we must capture any patients who have a first fracture, investigate them for osteoporosis and treat them to prevent future fractures. These positive actions will result in reduced hospitalisations.”
 
Osteoporosis currently affects over 1 million Australians.