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released: 9 Sep 2009 author: AIHW media release

The number and type of disabilities a person has is highly related to the severity of disability and need for assistance. This report examines the severity of disability and complex support needs of people with multiple disabilities in Australia. The analysis examines people with multiple disabilities in different age groups: children (0-14 years), people of working age (15-64 years) and older people (aged 65 years or over).

ISSN 1444-3589; ISBN 978 1 74024 947 8; Cat. no. DIS 55; 60pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
    • Introduction
  • Body section
    • Prevalence of multiple disabilities
    • Combinations of disabilities
      • Mean number of long-term health conditions and multiple disabilities
    • Severity of disability and multiple disabilities
      • Likelihood of severe or profound core activity limitation and number of disabilities
      • Likelihood of severe or profound core activity limitation, for a given combination of multiple disabilities
      • Frequency of need for help with core activities
      • Participation in education and employment
      • Participation in community activities
    • Support needs and assistance for people with multiple disabilities
    • Is need for assistance among people with multiple disabilities being met?
      • Education restriction and support received
      • Employment restriction and support received
    • Use of aids and equipment and multiple disabilities
  • End matter
    • Technical appendix
      • Concepts and terms of the ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers
    • Appendix tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Disability in Australia: multiple disabilities and need for assistance. Cat. no. DIS 55. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468280>.

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