162212 - TransfusEd workshop for GPs: Anaemia in primary care
- : Online
Anaemia is common. In Australia in 2011–12, around 760,000 people =18 (4.5%) were at risk of anaemia, with women more likely to be at risk than men (6.4% v 2.5%) and prevalence increasing with age. Iron deficiency (ID) is one of the most common causes of anaemia. ID has an estimated prevalence of 20% in Australian women <50 (based on serum ferritin <20 µg/L). ID and IDA are associated with significant morbidity and mortality.
General Practitioners play a central role in the identification; diagnosis and management of patients with or at risk of anaemia and iron deficiency. Despite this, there were 53,045 potentially preventable hospitalisations for iron deficiency anaemia in Australia in 2015-16.5