Chronic disease a big problem in Australia
The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) released new data that found about half of all Australians have a chronic disease.
The two most common chronic diseases which can occur in combination with other chronic diseases were heart disease and arthritis.
Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO of Osteoporosis Australia said, “This is a timely reminder we need to find better solutions to tackling chronic disease in Australia.”
“In the area of osteoporosis we know that capturing patients earlier through better diagnosis and management of osteoporosis can prevent fractures. This in turn can have a very positive outcome for patients and a far reaching benefit for the healthcare system in general,” he said.
Osteoporosis is recognised as a significant chronic disease by AIHW in the Musculoskeletal Diseases area (which also includes arthritis and back pain).