Media release - 21st September 2015.
Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia in September confirms that lost productivity due to back pain and arthritis currently costs Australia more than $14 billion a year and will grow to $22 billion by 2030 unless more is done to prevent and better manage these conditions.
"If the government genuinely wants to increase labour force participation, especially in older workers, then urgent improvements to care for people with back pain and arthritis are needed in the health system as well as targeted interventions to help them stay in the workforce,” said Ainslie Cahill CEO of Arthritis Australia.
“This research shows that one third of the productivity loss due to chronic conditions overall is due to back pain and arthritis, but the impact of these conditions continues to be poorly recognised by government, industry and the community,’ Ms Cahill said.
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