Australian Bureau of Statistics
4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/11/2013
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DISABILITY - LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS
Understanding the health of people with disability can help to inform policy in both public health and disability services.
In this survey, respondents with more than one long-term condition are asked to report the condition causing them the most problems when completing everyday activities - described here as their 'main condition'. In 2012, 81% of people with disability (3.4 million people) reported a physical condition as their main condition and 19% reported mental or behavioural disorders. Diseases of the musculo-skeletal system and connective tissue were the main physical conditions reported, which were reported by one third (33%) of people with disability. These conditions included back problems (15%) and arthritis and related disorders (14%). (Table 12)
Almost one in five people with disability (19% or 813,900 people) reported a mental or behavioural disorder as the long-term health condition causing them the most problems. This included 5.6% with intellectual and developmental disorders, 3.8% with depression and mood affective disorders and 2.1% with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. (Table 12)
The type of long-term health condition causing someone the most problems varied with age. Considering the main conditions reported across three broad age groups, for people with disability:
Source(s): ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings-2012
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