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Long -Term Health Conditions

Summary of Long Term Health Conditions

The table below shows the proportions of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population who reported a long term health condition in the 2004-2005 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (cat. no. 4715.0).

For every selected long term condition, there was a higher proportion of Indigenous population reporting it, compared to the non-Indigenous population. For example, Indigenous people were 3.4 times more likely to have diabetes/high sugar levels than non-Indigenous people, and 10 times more likely to report kidney disease.

The rate ratios are calculated by dividing the proportion of Indigenous people with a particular characteristic by the proportion of non-Indigenous people with the same characteristic.

Summary of Health Conditions, by Indigenous status, 2004–05
Long term conditions (b)
Indigenous %
Non-Indigenous %
Rate Ratio (a)
Asthma
16
10
1.6
Diabetes/high sugar levels
12
4
3.4
Heart and circulatory problems/diseases
22
17
1.3
Kidney disease
3
0.3
10
(a) See glossary for information on Rate Ratios.
(b) Persons age 15 years and over.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)

Rate of Selected Health Conditions, by Indigenous status (a), 2004–05
(a) Persons aged 15 years and over.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)


Further Information: See National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)

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