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released: 25 Feb 2016 author: AIHW media release

This report examines how health-related factors affect the health status of Australians with disability at the national population level. In 2011–12, half (51%) of people aged 15–64 with severe or profound disability reported poor or fair health, compared with 6% for those without disability. Half (50%) of people aged under 65 with severe or profound disability had mental health conditions, compared with 8% for those without disability. Higher proportions of people aged 15–64 with severe or profound disability compared with those without disability were obese (43% versus 25%), doing no physical exercise (46% versus 31%), daily smokers (31% versus 15%) and having a very high level of psychological distress (22% versus 1%).

ISBN 978-1-74249-895-9; Cat. no. DIS 65; 37pp.; $10

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Disability and self-assessment of health
      • Long-term health conditions
      • Health risk factors and behaviours
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Data source, scope and statistical methods
    • 2 Disability and self-assessment of health
    • 3  Prevalence of long-term health conditions
      • Comorbidity of mental and physical long-term health conditions
      • Age at onset of long-term health conditions
    • 4  Health risk factors and behaviours
      • Overweight and obesity based on measured data
      • Physical inactivity
      • Current daily smoker
      • Risky alcohol consumption
      • Psychological distress
  • End matter
    • Appendix tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Health status and risk factors of Australians with disability 2007–08 and 2011–12. Cat. no. DIS 65. Canberra: AIHW.

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