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The main measure of disability from the National Health Survey (NHS) used in this publication is the combined Profound/severe core activity limitation classification, referred to as 'people with Profound/severe disability'. These are people who need some ongoing help or supervision with communication, self-care and/or mobility for six months or more.
This combined classification in the NHS 2007/08, consistently aligns to measures of Profound/severe disability in the benchmark Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC), see Disability, Ageing and Carers: Summary of Findings, 2003, (cat. no. 4430.0). While the two measures differ, the measure in the NHS is useful for describing the characteristics of people within the survey who have a disability compared to those who have no disability. The main comparison in this publication is between 'people with Profound/severe core activity limitation' and 'people with no disability'.
The category 'Other disability' refers to people who have a disability that is not profound or severe This is a derived category which includes:
For a comprehensive discussion of disability measures, comparing the NHS and SDAC results, see Sources of Disability Information Australia, 2003-2008, (cat. no. 4431.0.55.002).
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