3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Selected Health Conditions and Diseases >> Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (M00-M99)


Arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases are conditions in which there is inflammation of the joints that can cause pain, stiffness, disability and deformity. It also includes other joint problems and disorders of the bones, muscles and their attachments. Arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases (M00-M99) were the underlying cause for 1,078 registered deaths in Australia in 2009. Arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases were identified as either an underlying cause or associated cause of death for 6,410 deaths registered in 2009.

The standardised death rate for arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases was 4.3 per 100,000 population in 2009. The standardised death rate for males in 2009 was 3.2 per 100,000, and 5.2 per 100,000 for females.

Of all deaths due to arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases in 2009, 761 or 70.6% were females, predominantly in the age group 75 to 94 years. Median age at death for deaths due to these diseases was 80.9 years for males, 84.0 years for females and 83.0 years overall. Potential life lost due to deaths from these diseases was 1,898 years for males and 3,250 years for females.

Arthritis (M00-M25) was the underlying cause of 374 deaths, which accounted for 34.7% of all deaths due to these diseases, with the most common age group for males and females being 80-89 years.

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