In 2017–18, the ratio of hospitalisations for diabetes, as a principal and/or additional diagnosis, was higher among Indigenous Australians compared with non-Indigenous Australians in all age groups.
Between 2015–16 and 2017–18, the ratio of hospitalisations for diabetes increased slightly from 3.4 to 3.9 times as high.
Age and sex
In 2017–18, the ratio peaked in those aged 45–54 (6.6 times as high) and was consistently higher among females than males in all age groups (Figure 5.2.1) .
The ratio of diabetes-related hospitalisations for Indigenous Australians compared to non-Indigenous Australians in 2017–18 increased with remoteness, from 2.6 times as high in Major cities to 9.2 times as high in Remote and Very remote areas.
State and territory
There was some variation in the ratio by state and territory in 2017–18, with the greatest difference in the rate of hospitalisations for diabetes recorded in Western Australia (9.2 times as high) and the smallest in Tasmania (1.4 times as high) (Figure 5.2.2).
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5.2 Ratio of hospitalisations for diabetes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to non-Indigenous Australians, by diagnosis type, age group and sex, 2015–16 to 2017–18 and by selected population group, 2017–18