4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2003
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Disability, Ageing and Carers: Final Survey Results from ABS
One in five people (20%) in Australia had a disability in 2003, unchanged from five years ago (after age standardising), according to final results released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The disability rate steadily increased with age from 4% of 0-4 years olds to 41% of 65-69 years old to 92% of people 90 years and older.
Just over half (51%) of people aged 60 years and over had a disability. Most of these people (59%) did not need any assistance to manage health conditions or cope with everyday activities. For those who did, the most commonly reported needs were help with property maintenance, health care and transport.
There were 2.6 million carers who provided some assistance to others who need help because of disability or age. Just over half (54%) of all carers were women. Women were also more likely to be primary carers (71%), that is people who provided the majority of informal help to a person with a disability.
The proportion of people who needed help with self care, mobility and/or communication activities (i.e. profound or severe core-activity limitation) was 6.3% which was much the same as in 1998 (after age standardising).
The rate of profound or severe disability increased with age from 3% of 0-4 year olds to 10% of 65-69 year olds to 74% of people 90 years and over.
Other key findings from the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers include:
Further details are in Disability, Ageing and Carers: Summary of Findings, Australia, 2003
(cat. no. 4430.0).
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