Goal 6: Reduce the impact of diabetes among other priority groups

Goal 6 focusses on the impact of diabetes among other priority groups. This includes culturally and linguistically diverse people, older Australians, people living in rural and remote areas, and people with mental health issues. Due to significant data gaps, this report does not include data for culturally and linguistically diverse people and includes only very limited information relating to those with mental health problems. Further data development is required to examine outcomes within these priority groups.

A number of indicators were identified to measure the progress of Goal 6, some of which were included in Goals 1-4 and, where possible, have been included under the relevant goal above:

The indicators reported specifically for Goal 6 are:

Indicator 6.1 People with diabetes by mental illness status

In 2014–15, an estimated 9% of adults with self-reported mental illness had diabetes. Among those with no self-reported mental illness, the prevalence of diabetes was 6%. This difference in diabetes prevalence by mental illness status was consistent in both men and women, and across age groups (Figure 6.1.1).

Within socioeconomic groups, there were no significant differences in the proportion of adults with diabetes by mental illness status (Data tables). In Major cities, 9% of adults with mental illness had diabetes compared with 5% of adults no mental illness. However, there were no significant differences by mental illness status among those with diabetes living outside of Major cities.

Figure 6.1.1 People with diabetes by mental illness status, by age group, 2014–15

Source: AIHW analysis of ABS 2016a. See data table ‘Indicator 6.1’ for data notes.

Indicator 6.2 Overweight or obesity by mental illness status

In 2014–15, based on self-reported data, the prevalence of overweight and obesity did not differ significantly between those with and without a self-reported mental illness (63% and 64%, respectively). This was consistent for men and women, and across socioeconomic groups and remoteness area (Figures 6.2.1 & 6.2.2).

Figure 6.2.1 Overweight and obesity by mental illness status, by age group, 2014–15

The vertical bar chart shows the percentage of people who were overweight or obese by mental illness status. The proportion who were overweight and obese increased with increased age. There was no consistent difference between overweight and obesity by mental illness status.

Source: AIHW analysis of ABS 2016a. See data table ‘Indicator 6.2’ for data notes.

Figure 6.2.2 Overweight and obesity by mental illness status, by population characteristics, 2014–15

The vertical bar chart shows the age-standardised percentage of people who were overweight or obese by mental illness status and population characteristics. The proportion who were overweight and obese among those who did and did not have mental illness did not vary substantially by remoteness area or by socioeconomic group.

Note:

  1. Age-standardised to the 2001 Australian Population

Source: AIHW analysis of ABS 2016a. See data table ‘Indicator 6.2’ for data notes.