Health conditions & remoteness

People living outside Major cities were more likely to have long-term health conditions including arthritis, asthma, back problems, deafness, long-sightedness, diabetes, heart, stroke and vascular disease. However, people living outside Major cities were less likely to be shortsighted. Rates of cancer, osteoporosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were generally similar across all areas.

 
Disease type Major cities Inner regional Outer regional/
Remote
Arthritis 14% 20% 18%
 Back pain and problems 16% 18% 16%
 Asthma 10% 12% 12%
 COPD 2.4% 3.4% 2.7%
 Blindness 0.5% 0.9% 0.8%
 Deafness 9.8% 15% 14%
 Diabetes 4.7% 6.0% 6.7%
 CVD 4.7% 6.7% 5.8%
 Cancer 1.6% 1.7% 1.8%
 Mental health problems 17% 19% 19%

Notes

  1. '%' represents prevalence of chronic diseases in each region (excluding Very remote areas of Australia).
  2. Proportions are not age-standardised, and in some instances higher prevalence may reflect the older age profiles in Inner regional and Outer regional/Remote areas.
  3. 'COPD' refers to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  4. 'Blindness' includes partial and complete blindness.
  5. 'CVD' refers to heart, stroke and vascular disease.

References

  1. ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2015. National Health Survey: First Results, 2014–15. ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.