Key findings of Burden of Disease Study 2018

Key findings of Burden of Disease Study 2018

Key findings of Burden of Disease Study 2018

A report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Australian Burden of Disease Study 2018: key findings, reveals that Australians overall health is improving. However, the report notes that 5 disease groups caused the most burden with musculoskeletal complaints accounting for 13% of the burden, second only to cancer at 18%. Injuries accounted for 8.4%. For chiropractors, this result is not surprising and confirms previous international reports that have shown that back pain is the leading cause of disability globally (1).

The study showed that risk factors contributing the most to the burden were tobacco use and overweight (including obesity) and 5 million years of health life were lost in 2018.

Apart from providing evidence-based care for the management of musculoskeletal complaints, and in particular back and neck pain, chiropractors are also well placed to assist their patients with respect to other modifiable risk factors to maintain a healthy lifestyle such as weight reduction and smoking cessation.

Further details of the report can be found here:

https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2021-1/august/one-third-of-disease-burden-caused-by-modifiable-r

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/burden-of-disease/burden-of-disease-study-2018-key-findings/contents/about

  1. Hoy, D., March, L., Brooks, P., Blyth, F., Woolf, A., Bain, C., … Buchbinder, R. (2014). The global burden of low back pain: Estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73(6), 968–974. https://doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204428

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As the peak national organisation & recognised voice for allied health professions in Australia, (AHPA) has an important strategic leadership role & is the body that the Federal Government & other national organisations turn to when they seek a collective view of allied health. As of November 30th 2021, CA has officially been inducted as a valued member of AHPA, joining the 23 other allied health peak bodies that comprise the AHPA membership. This is a significant development for CA & our members & we remain committed to driving the chiropractic profession forward.
Earlier this week, the CA CEO, President, & Clinical Lead & Policy Advisor met with the Chief Allied Health Officer Dr Anne-Marie Boxall & senior departmental staff to discuss key strategic priorities, the role of allied health in the broader healthcare landscape and solutions offered by primary care for improving patient outcomes across Australia. Encouraged by Dr Boxall’s commitment to bringing together allied health professions and practitioners, CA looks forward to continuing this positive dialogue.
A graduate of the CQU in Brisbane, Dr Joshua Steen completed his Bachelor of Chiropractic and Masters of Clinical Chiropractic in 2019. Over the past few years of clinical practice in Brisbane, Joshua has developed a strong interest in human movement which has contributed to his passion for incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach to treating patient’s injuries. Joshua uses a range of therapies and is passionate about continuing his professional development to constantly enhance his techniques and practice for the benefit of his patients.

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