4715.0 - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004-05
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Largest national Indigenous health survey released: ABS
The results of the largest ever national health survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Over three-quarters (78%) of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over considered their health to be 'good to excellent' in 2004-05. However those reporting their health as 'fair or poor' was nearly double the rate of non-Indigenous Australians.
Eye/sight problems the most common
Eye/sight problems were the most commonly reported conditions among Indigenous people (30%), followed by asthma (15%), various back problems (13%), heart and circulatory diseases (12%) and ear/hearing problems (12%).
Indigenous Australians were 1.6 times more likely to report asthma as a long-term health condition than non-Indigenous Australians.
High blood pressure was reported by one in five (22%) of those aged 35 years and over.
Indigenous Australians were more than three times as likely as non-Indigenous Australians to report having diabetes (including high sugar levels). Indigenous people in remote areas were almost twice (9%) as likely to have diabetes than those in non-remote (5%) areas. Nearly one-third (32%) of those 55 years and over had diabetes (including high sugar levels).
One in ten Indigenous children under 15 years old reported having ear/hearing problems, about three times the rate of non-Indigenous children.
Consulting health professionals
Indigenous Australians were more likely to have consulted health professionals (other than doctors or dentists) than other Australians. In remote areas, Aboriginal health care workers were consulted by 13% of the population.
More than one in ten (11%) Indigenous Australians aged 15 years and over had never visited a dentist (or other health professional) about their teeth, in remote areas almost a quarter (24%) had never visited a dentist.
Indigenous people: Summary Health Characteristics, by State and Territory and Australia, 2004-05
Further details can be found in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4715.0). State and territory versions of national tables are also available.
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