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4367.0 - Aspects of Disability and Health in Australia, 2007-2008  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2011  First Issue
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Graph 1 compares age by disability status from the 2007-08 NHS. The proportion of people with Profound/severe disability increased with age, most dramatically after 65 years. People generally develop more serious conditions as they age and are therefore more likely to be diagnosed or reported as having a Profound/severe disability in the later stages of life.

1 Disability status, by Age group
1 Disability status, by Age group graph

Graph 2 shows the related measures as recorded in SDAC 2009, the benchmark survey of disability in Australia. These graphs, when compared, highlight the alignment of Profound/severe disability in the two surveys and the apparent over-identification of people in the Other disability category as reported in the 2007-08 NHS.

2 Disability status, by Age group
2 Disability status, by Age group

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