1.17 Perceived health status

This measure reports on self reported, self-assessed health status of Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

Self assessed health status provides a measure of the overall level of a population’s health based on individuals’ personal perceptions of their own health. Self-assessed health status is dependent on an individual’s awareness and expectations about their health. It is influenced by various factors, including access to health services and information, the extent to which health conditions have been diagnosed and level of education (Delpierre et al. 2009).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Health Survey
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
  • National Health Survey

References

  • Delpierre C, Lauwers‑Cances V, Datta G, Lang T & Berkman L 2009. Using self‑rated health for analysing social inequalities in health: a risk for underestimating the gap between socioeconomic groups? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 63:426–32