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4159.0 - General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia, 2010  
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Self assessed health status provides an indicator of overall health, reflecting an individual's awareness and expectations of their own health and well-being. In 2010, just over half (53%) of people aged 18 years and over rated their health as excellent or very good, a further 31% rated their health as good, with only 17% rating their health as only fair or poor. Between 2006 and 2010, the overall proportion of people who rated their health as good or better did not change significantly (84% and 83% respectively, table 1).

Differences in health status occur across age groups, with younger people more likely to rate their health as excellent or very good compared to people in older age groups (graph 2.1).

Graph: 2.1 SELF ASSESSED HEALTH STATUS, By age group

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