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4364.0.55.003 - Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-2012  
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LONG-TERM HEALTH CONDITIONS

Information about the prevalence and types of long-term health conditions in Australia is important for healthcare planning. An understanding of trends in long-term health conditions enables the effect of health prevention initiatives to be assessed and also enables planning for future service provision.

The following long-term health conditions are reported in the Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-12 (4364.0.55.003) publication:
  • Heart disease;
  • Kidney disease; and
  • Diabetes mellitus.
In the Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-12 (4364.0.55.003), respondents were classified as having heart disease or kidney disease if they had:
  • ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had one of these health conditions; and
  • the condition was current at the time of the survey; and
  • the condition had lasted at least six months or more, or the respondent expected it to last for six months or more.
In the Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-12 (4364.0.55.003), respondents were classified as having diabetes mellitus if they had:
  • ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had this health condition; and
  • the condition had lasted at least six months or more, or the respondent expected it to last for six months or more.
This definition of diabetes mellitus differs from that used in the Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12 (4364.0.55.001), which excluded persons who reported they had diabetes but that it was not current at the time of interview.


This section contains the following subsection :
      Diabetes mellitus
      Heart disease
      Kidney disease

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