[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world’s 12th-largest economy. In 2014 Australia had the world’s fifth-highest per capita income. Australia’s military expenditure is the world’s 13th-largest. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.

 

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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is an Oceanian country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

 

 

 

What is little known, however, is that many Australians suffer from #backpain and #neckpain.

Australians are not aware that studies say that 1/138 to 1/276 Australia’s 1.4 trillion US dollars GDP is spent on spine related problems, costing $5 – $10  billion US dollars. Furthermore, the spine affects the physical, emotional and financial well-being of each of  Australia’s 23 million citizens.

 

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A recent study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and published in Lancet shows that in 1990 and in 2013, the world’s #1 source and burden of disability is low back pain, and the world’s #4 source and burden of disability is neck pain.

 

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Australians are suffering. They want answers and strategies to stop this suffering. Every year more and more Australian citizens get permanently stuck with #backpain, and #neckpain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]