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.
18% of people with rheumatoid arthritis reported poor health, compared with 3.9% of people without the condition
72% rise in hospitalisations for people with rheumatoid arthritis from 2005–06 to 2015–16
2% of Australians reported having rheumatoid arthritis in 2014–15. That’s approximately 407,900 people
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