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Table 1 Demographics and relevant health status: Comparison between Queensland and Australia.

From: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors and paracetamol use in Queensland and in the whole of Australia

Demographics and relevant health status: comparison between Queensland and Australia
  QLD AUS
Demographics and health status
Demographics   
   • Total adults aged 65 and over 12% 13%
   • Males aged 65 and over 46% 45%
   • Females aged 65 and over 54% 55%
Health Status – Prevalence of musculoskeletal disease as a long term condition
   • Total Musculoskeletal disease 34% 32%
◦ Arthritis 14% 14%
◦ Rheumatism 1% 1%
◦ Back pain/problems neck/disc disorders 23% 21%
◦ Osteoporosis 2% 2%
◦ Other 5% 5%
Utilisation of health care services
   • Average Medicare services processed per person 11 11
   • Average Medicare services processed per person aged ≥ 65 22 23
   • Pension Card and Commonwealth Seniors health cards as a proportion of all concessions 60% 64%
Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (services related to the musculoskeletal system)
   • Average number of services per person 8 8
Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (overall)
   • Average number of services per person 1 1
Risk factors
   • Overweight/obese adults (males aged 18 and over) 56% 54%
   • Overweight/obese adults (females aged 18 and over) 41% 38%
   • Adults who are physically inactive males aged 18 and over 40% 42%
   • Adults who are physically inactive females aged 18 and over 31% 31%
  1. Data extracted from the 2001 Australian Census and Medicare Australia annual report 2000–2001 and 2002–2003 [45]