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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2008  
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LONG TERM CONDITIONS

Long term conditions are defined as an illness, injury, or disability which has lasted at least six months, or is expected to last for six months or more. In the 2004-05 National Health Survey, an estimated 79.0% of Tasmanians had one or more long term conditions.

For Tasmanian males, the most common long term conditions were: long sightedness (26.7%); back pain and disc disorders (18.3%); and arthritis (16.9%).

For Tasmanian females, the most common long term conditions were: long sightedness (31.5%); arthritis (23.8%); and short sightedness (22.2%).

Long Term Conditions(a), Tasmania, 2004-05
Males
Females
Persons

Condition

%

%

%

Long sightedness
26.7
31.5
29.1
Arthritis
16.9
23.8
20.4
Short sightedness
16.0
22.2
19.1
Back pain & disc disorders n.e.c.(b)
18.3
13.6
15.9
Hayfever & allergic rhinitis
14.7
14.8
14.7
Asthma
11.2
15.2
13.2
Hypertensive diseases
11.4
14.8
13.1
Mental and behavioural problems
11.1
12.4
11.7
Deafness (complete/partial)
13.7
8.8
11.2
Total with one or more condition(c)
77.8
80.2
79.0
Total(c)(d)
100.0
100.0
100.0


(a) Condition has lasted, or is expected to last for 6 months or more.

(b) Not elsewhere classified.
(c) Many individuals have more than one condition, consequently the individual conditions listed do not add up to the total with one or more condition.
(d) Total includes people classified as not stated.
Source: National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05 (Cat. No. 4362.0).


SELF-ASSESSED HEALTH

The 2004-05 National Health Survey asked people to assess their overall health. In 2004/05, 81.2% of the Tasmanian population aged 15 years and over reported their health as good, very good, or excellent.

SELF-ASSESSED HEALTH STATUS(a), Tasmania, 2004-05
Males
Females
Persons

Status

%

%

%

Excellent
20.8
21.5
21.2
Very Good
34.6
35.9
35.3
Good
25.8
23.8
24.8
Fair/Poor
18.8
18.8
18.8
Total(b)
100.0
100.0
100.0

(a) Persons aged 15 years and over.
(b) Any discrepancies between the sums of component items and totals are due to rounding.
Source: National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05 (Cat. No. 4362.0).



ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have the lowest health status of any identifiable group in Australia. For health statistics and information for Tasmania, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au.


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