4715.0.55.006 - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Summary Booklet, 2004-05
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Around one in seven Torres Strait Islander people (14%) live in the Torres Strait Area, with a further 45% in other parts of Queensland and 18% living in New South Wales.
Overall, the health of Torres Strait Islander people is generally similar to that of the total Indigenous Australian population.
In the 2004–05 NATSIHS, 77% of the Torres Strait Islander population assessed their health as either 'good', 'very good' or 'excellent'.
Around 60% of Torres Strait Islander people reported long-term health conditions. The most commonly reported long-term health conditions were eye/sight problems (26%) and asthma (13%). One in eleven Torres Strait Islander people (9%) reported heart and circulatory problems/diseases, slightly lower than the rate for other Indigenous Australians.
Almost two-thirds of the adult Torres Strait Islander population (61%) were overweight or obese according to the BMI - similar to the total Indigenous population. Overall, Torres Strait Islander people reported diabetes/high sugar levels at a similar rate to the total Indigenous population (around 6%). However, the proportion of Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes/high sugar levels was greater among those living in the Torres Strait Area, at 11%.
Nearly half the adult Torres Strait Islander population (49%) reported smoking one or more cigarettes per day and 13% had consumed alcohol at risky/high risk levels in the week before the survey. Those living in the Torres Strait Area reported lower levels of daily cigarette smoking and risky/high risk alcohol consumption than Torres Strait Islander people in other parts of Australia.
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