Arthritis and the Workplace

Did you know?

2.4 million Australians of working age have arthritis. Over half of $7.6 billion related to arthritis can be attributed to productivity costs reflecting reduced employment rates and an increase in absenteeism resulting from arthritic conditions

The average weekly earnings for each respective age group, the annual cost of lost earnings due to workplace separation and early retirement due to arthritis is estimated as $3.7 billion in 2007.

In 2005, it is estimated that 224,000 Australians aged between 15 and 64 took time off work each year due to arthritis including 125,000 males and 99,000 females.

Access Economics estimated that in 2007, the total cost of absenteeism due to arthritis is $304 million.

For people age 15-64 with arthritis, the estimated annual cost due to lost productivity from premature death is $7.5 million in 2007.

What can you do?

Arthritis affects approximately 11% of the Australian workforce which means a significant number of people may need help to make their daily tasks easier.  Obtaining the right information is important to help you learn how to conserve your energy and protect your joints so that you can reduce the impact of your arthritis.

There are many appliances available that can make your daily tasks easier and less tiring. Using the right appliance such as a jar opener, places less stress on the wrist joint.

If you need specific information in relation to your work environment or would like a community session at your workplace contact our assistance line on 1800 011 041 or info@arthritisnsw.org.au. The Independent Living Centre www.ilcnsw.asn.au or 1300 885 886 or an occupational therapist can also advise you on suitable aids and equipment that can make life at work or in the home easier.

 Become a member of Arthritis NSW today!

Arthritis NSW offers a comprehensive membership program that aims to help people improve their quality of life and is working to keep NSW moving. At Arthritis NSW, our focus is to ensure that members are well-informed, educated and supported to aid in managing their condition and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

Joan who is in her 60s and has Osteoarthritis.

“For many years I don’t remember being in pain, but eventually found that I had Osteoarthritis. As time went, more and more joints became involved and I was treated with non-steroidal medication. I joined Arthritis NSW because I like to know what I have and what can be done about it. I can’t remember how I found out about Arthritis NSW, but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. The information and sharing of stories has been invaluable. Also being able to meet up with various members at functions, camps and meeting was great. At present, it [Osteoarthritis] isn’t enough to stop me carrying out the activities I enjoy and I know this is good for me.”

Mary from Orange and has osteoarthritis

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