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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect anyone at any age, and may cause significant pain and disability.

This information was last updated in December 2016.


2%

of Australians reported having rheumatoid arthritis in 2014–15. That’s approximately 407,900 people.


18%

of people with rheumatoid arthritis self-reported poor health, compared to 3.9% of people without rheumatoid arthritis.


59%

rise in the rate of hospitalisation for people with rheumatoid arthritis, from 2005–06 to 2014–15—females accounted for most of this increase.