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released: 11 Feb 2009 author: AIHW media release

With the Australian population ageing and experiencing increasing rates of some risk factors such as obesity, chronic disease prevalence is on the rise. Chronic disease can result in functional limitation and disability associated with ill health. As a result, people with chronic disease may be limited in their ability to participate fully in the workforce. For this report, the 2004-05 National Health Survey has been used to assess the association between selected chronic diseases and workforce participation and absenteeism from work. The report also includes an estimate of the loss to the workforce due to death from selected chronic diseases. This report is a timely reminder of the cost of chronic disease to both the community and economy and provides further evidence for national action to prevent chronic disease.

ISBN 978 1 74024 878 5; Cat. no. PHE 109; 48pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
      • Key findings
      • Other findings
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
    2. Scope, definitions and data limitations
      • 2.1 Scope
      • 2.2 Definitions
      • 2.3 Data limitations
    3. Overview of chronic disease status and labour force status
      • 3.1 Chronic disease status
      • 3.2 Labour force status
    4. Chronic disease and employment
      • 4.1 The association between chronic disease and employment
      • 4.2 The association between multiple chronic disease and employment
    5. Chronic disease and absenteeism
      • 5.1 Absenteeism
      • 5.2 Occupation
      • 5.3 Multiple chronic disease and absenteeism
    6. Loss in workforce participation
      • 6.1 Loss associated with reduced employment
      • 6.2 Loss associated with absenteeism
      • 6.3 Loss associated with death from chronic diseases
    7. Discussion
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Data and methods
        • Data sources
        • Statistical methods
      2. Detailed tables
    • References

Notes and corrections

  1. Text corrections have been made to pages 16 and 19 (changes below in bold). (19/02/2009)
    • Page 16: the second sentence should read 'For example, among people with one chronic disease, 52% were employed full-time and of those with three or more chronic diseases, 14% were employed full-time.'
    • Page 19: The last sentence in the first paragraph should read 'On average, males and females with three or more chronic diseases had 2.0 days and 0.9 days off, respectively, in the previous fortnight, compared with 0.5 and 0.4 days for those with one chronic disease (Figure 5.3).'

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Chronic disease and participation in work. Cat. no. PHE 109. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 17 January 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468211>.

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