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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Jun 2006  
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OUT NOW - THE FIRST NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH SURVEY

The findings of the first NATSIHS were published in April. The survey collected information from over 10,000 Indigenous Australians about a range of health issues, including health status, long-term health conditions, risk factors, health-related actions, and women's health.

Key findings for New South Wales include:
43% of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over considered their health to be excellent or very good in 2004-05
Eye/sight problems were the most commonly reported long-term health conditions (34%), followed by asthma (17%)
Just under one-third (31%) of Indigenous persons reported having no long-term health conditions.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0) presents summary results at both the national and state/territory levels and by remoteness category . This publication also presents comparisons with selected results from the Indigenous supplements to the 1995 and 2001 National Health Surveys, and with data for non-Indigenous Australians from the 2004–05 National Health Survey. Summary information is also available in spreadsheet format (cat. nos. 4715.0.55.005–4715.8.55.005). The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4715.0.55.004) was released in May. These publications are available free of charge from the ABS web site.

For further information contact Sharon Pech on (02) 6252 6301, or the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au.


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