Investment in health and medical research has been widely found to lead to both direct and indirect benefits to patients, the economy and the community at large.

The Medibank Better Health foundation aims to be a catalyst for positive change – investing in, translating and disseminating research insights to promote healthy behaviours, inform policy and improve clinical practice.

We are committed to prevention and improved management of musculoskeletal conditions with a specific focus on osteoarthritis. At Medibank we are proud to continue our long standing tradition of supporting health and medical research.

Why target osteoarthritis research?

  • Osteoarthritis is a highly prevalent, disabling and costly condition that affects 1.9 million or one in 12 Australians.
  • Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of chronic pain, disability and lost productivity in Australia, costing the health system $3.75 billion and the economy around $22 billion annually.
  • The burden of osteoarthritis is expected to increase exponentially in coming decades due to an ageing and increasingly obese population, with prevalence expected to reach three million Australians by 2032.
  • Up to 70 percent of osteoarthritis is preventable by avoiding excess weight gain and join injuries.
  • This is a key area of interest for many Medibank members with Medibank facilitating more than 35,000 surgical procedures related to musculoskeletal conditions a year.

Dr. Linda Swan

“Musculoskeletal conditions are one of the biggest health issues today, yet it remains one of the most neglected areas of health care. There is substantial scope to improve the management of osteoarthritis in Australia to alleviate the personal, social and economic burden of the condition. To achieve this, a significant shift is required in the design and delivery of health services for people living with osteoarthritis, from the current mainly palliative disease management approach to one that supports prevention and improved management.”

Dr. Linda Swan

Chief Medical Officer, Medibank

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