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Health Risk Factors

Health risk factors are those behaviours or environments which can increase the chance of developing a disease. A behavioural risk factor arises from lifestyle activities such as smoking or daily diet; an environmental risk factor arises from aspects of the surrounding environment (such as housing, access to services, etc) that can impact on health outcomes.

The 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) provides the most recent data for the majority of the risk factors presented in this topic. Where possible, information from the 2004-05 National Health Survey (NHS) has also been included in order to provide comparisons between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
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