Muscle pain as an indicator of vitamin D deficiency in an urban Australian Aboriginal population

Jill Benson, Anne Wilson, Nigel Stocks and Nicole Moulding
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (2): 76-77.

The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among Aboriginal people in Australia is unknown. One of the possible sequelae of vitamin D deficiency, muscle pain, appears to have a higher prevalence in Aboriginal people.

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  • Jill Benson1,2,3
  • Anne Wilson4
  • Nigel Stocks3
  • Nicole Moulding3

  • 1 Migrant Health Service, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Parklands Medical Practice, Adelaide, SA.
  • 3 Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 4 Discipline of Nursing, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.



This research was funded through a Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development Associateship in the Department of General Practice at the University of Adelaide. I would like to thank the staff at Nunkuwarrin Yunti and Jenni Caruso at Yaitya Purruna (Indigenous Health Unit) for their patient assistance and guidance.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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