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released: 10 Feb 2012 author: AIHW

This report investigates the prevalence of mental illness in association with common chronic diseases and shows that in 2007: 12% of Australians aged 16-85 had a mental disorder and a physical condition at the same time; the most common comorbidity was anxiety disorder combined with a physical condition, affecting around 1.4 million (9%) Australian adults; people living in the most disadvantaged areas of Australia were 65% more likely to have comorbidity than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.

ISBN 978-1-74249-264-3; Cat. no. PHE 155; 42pp.; Internet Only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Background
      • Main findings
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Why comorbidity matters
      • What this report offers
      • A note on terminology
      • Structure of the report
    • 2 Overview of comorbidity
      • Introduction
      • Comorbidity of mental disorders and any physical condition
      • Comorbidity of physical conditions and any mental disorder
    • 3 Comorbidity and selected sociodemographic characteristics
      • Socioeconomic status
      • Geography—section of state
      • Country of birth
      • Labour force status
    • 4 Comorbidity and selected risk factors
      • Tobacco smoking
      • Alcohol
      • Overweight and obesity
      • Physical inactivity
    • 5 Comorbidity and health service use
      • Hospitalisations
      • Professional consultations
    • 6 Comorbidity and quality of life
      • The Kessler Psychological Distress Scale
      • Delighted–terrible scale
      • Days out of role
  • End matter
    • Appendix A Additional and supporting data
    • Appendix B Data sources and methods
    • Glossary
    • References

Notes and corrections

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  1. (7 Aug 2014) Minor correction to verso page.
    Previous version: Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007 (1.5MB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007. Cat. no. PHE 155. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737421146>.

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