Better Arthritis and Osteoporosis Care – Continue funding

3.6 million Australians who have arthritis or osteoporosis will benefit from improved health care arrangements, skills development for health professionals and better community awareness and support.

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Why is this important?

  • Arthritis and osteoporosis are serious and debilitating diseases which affect 3.6 million Australians. The Government is committed to ensuring a better quality of life for people with arthritis and osteoporosis. This measure will assist by promoting uptake of treatment and self management techniques to aid prevention and help reduce and control the effects of these conditions.

Who will benefit?

  • 3.6 million Australians who have arthritis or osteoporosis will benefit from improved health care arrangements, skills development for health professionals and better community awareness and support.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed continuing funding of $14.8 million over four years to this initiative.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Government provided $11.5 million over four years in the 2002-03 Budget for improved arthritis and osteoporosis care under the "Better Arthritis Care" initiative.
  • In 2002, the Federal Health Minister also agreed to establish arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions as a National Health Priority Area, together with all Australian Health Ministers.
  • In November 2005, the Australian Health Ministers’ Conference endorsed a National Service Improvement Framework which outlines best care practices for people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. This document is being used by the Australian, state and territory governments and other stakeholders to guide activity and service improvement in this area.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be subject to review in the 2010-11 Budget.

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