General health

An estimated two-thirds (65%) Australians without disability consider their health as excellent or very good (Figure 1). This is not the case for people with disability, with only one-quarter (24%) rating their health as excellent or very good.

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In general, adults with disability rate their health as poorer than adults without disability:

  • adults with disability (42%) are 6 times as likely as those without disability (7%) to assess their health as poor or fair
  • adults with severe or profound disability (62%), are almost 9 times as likely as adults without disability (7%), and almost twice as likely as adults with other disability (37%) to assess their health as poor or fair
  • men with disability (44%) are around 6 times as likely as men without disability (8%) to assess their health as poor or fair
  • women with disability (40%) are around 6 times as likely as women without disability (6%) to assess their health as poor or fair (Figure 1).

There was little difference between health status of older (aged 65 and over) and younger (aged 18–64) adults with disability (Figure 2).

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References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2019. Microdata: National Health Survey, 2017–18, main unit record file. ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. Findings based on AIHW analysis of ABS microdata.

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Figure 1

Stacked column chart showing three categories of health status for men, women and all adults, with and without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by disability status. The chart shows adults with severe or profound disability are more likely (62%) to rate their health status as fair or poor than adults without disability (7%). Back to figure 1

Figure 2

Stacked column chart showing three categories of health status for adults aged 18-64, 65+ and all adults, with and without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by disability status. The chart shows adults aged 18-64 with severe or profound disability are more likely (16%) to rate their health status as very good or excellent than those aged 65+ (10%). Back to figure 2