Health status

One way to measure health is to ask people how they feel about their health, their state of mind and their life in general. This section looks at the health status of Australians with disability based on 2 common survey tools:

  • self-assessed health status
  • Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10).

These indicate that people with disability experience poorer general health and higher levels of psychological distress than people without disability.

Where can I find out more?

Detailed data tables are available at Data.

More information on:


ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2018a. National Health Survey: first results, 2017–18. ABS cat. no. 4324.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.[email protected]/mf/4364.0.55.001.

ABS 2018b. ABS sources of disability information, 2012–2016. ABS cat. no. 4431.0.55.002. Canberra: ABS.[email protected]/mf/4431.0.55.002.