Self-assessed health status

Definition: The proportion of people aged 15 and over who self-assess their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

Source: ABS 2015d; Table S1.4.9.

  • In 2014–15, 56% of Australians aged 15 and over described their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ (ABS 2015d). This proportion remained relatively stable over time; it was 56% in 2004–05 and 2007–08, and 55% in 2011–12 (ABS 2013c).
  • Nearly two-thirds of 15–24–year-olds (63%) and 25–44-year-olds (64%) rated their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. One-third (34%) of people aged 75 and over rated their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.
  • Slightly more females than males described their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’—58% of females compared with 55% of males.

For more information, see Chapter 1.3 'How healthy are Australians?'