4724.0.55.004 - Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Females, 2004-05  
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LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS

A long-term health condition is one that is medical in origin and lasts for six months or more. Long-term health conditions that are responsible for much of the ill health experienced by Indigenous people include circulatory diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal conditions, kidney disease, and also eye and ear problems.

Graph: Indigenous females with at least one long-term health condition, for 2004–05



Among Indigenous females, the pattern for reporting at least one long-term health condition increased with age and was proportionally highest for the 55 and over age group (98%). The lowest prevalence of reporting was among the 15 to 24 (64%) age group.

Indigenous females living in remote areas were less likely to report a long-term health condition than those living in non-remote areas (61% compared to 69%).