4724.0.55.004 - Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Females, 2004-05  
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SELF-ASSESSED HEALTH STATUS

Self-assessed health status provides an overall measure of a population's health based on individuals' personal perceptions of their own health.

Graph: Self-assessed health for Indigenous females, 2004–05



Generally, assessment of health decreased with age with young people more likely to perceive their health positively than older people. Of Indigenous females aged 15 to 24 years, over half (56%) rated their health as being ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’, compared with only one in five (20%) of those aged over 55 years and over. Nearly half (46%) of Indigenous females aged 55 years and over rated their health as fair or poor.

Fair or poor health ratings were almost twice as likely to be reported by Indigenous females, than non-Indigenous females.