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Long-Term Health Conditions

Data collected during the 2004–05 NATSIHS revealed around two-thirds (65%) of Indigenous people reported at least one long-term condition. A long-term condition was defined in the survey as a medical condition (illness, injury or disability) which has lasted 6 months or more, or which the respondent expects to last for 6 months or more.

Indigenous people in remote areas were less likely to report a long-term health condition than those in non-remote areas (57% compared with 68% respectively).

The proportion of Indigenous people with at least one long-term health condition varied with age. Approximately 44% of Indigenous persons aged 0–14 years reported one or more long-term medical condition, compared to 97% of those aged 55 years and over.



Long-term health conditions, Indigenous persons by Age, 200405
Age group (years)
Number of long-term health conditions
One
Two
Three or more
Total (one or more)
%
%
%
%
0–14
26
10
9
44
15–24
22
16
21
59
25–34
23
20
34
77
35–44
19
18
46
84
45–54
12
18
65
95
55 and over
5
13
79
97
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).



Long-term health conditions, Indigenous persons by Age, 200405

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


After adjusting for age differences between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, the percentage of people who reported at least one long-term health condition was similar across all age groups except 15-24 year olds. In this age group, a higher percentage of non-Indigenous persons reported at least one long term health condition (66% to 59%).



At least one long-term health condition,
by age, by Indigenous status and age, 200405
Age group (years)
Indigenous
%
Non-Indigenous
%
0–14
44
41
15–24
59
66
25–34
77
77
35–44
84
81
45–54
95
95
55 and over
97
99
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).


At least one long-term health condition by age, by Indigenous status and age, 200405

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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