4715.0 - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Self-assessed health status


Self-assessed health status is a useful measure of a person's current health status and also provides a broad picture of a population's overall health.

The proportion of people aged 15 years and over who rated their own health as excellent or very good improved, up from 39% in 2012–13 to 45% in 2018–19.

More than three in 10 (32%) people rated their own health as good, down from 36% in 2012–13.


Self-assessed health status, 2012–13 and 2018–19 — people aged 15 years and over

Graph shows 45% of people rated their health as excellent or very good in 2018–19, up from 39% in 2012–13. Good was down from 36% in 2012–13 to 32%. There was no change in those rating it as fair or poor (less than three in 10).

(a) The difference between 2012–13 and 2018–19 for fair/poor is not statistically significant.

Source(s): 2012–13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and 2018–19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey


There was no significant difference between the proportion of males and females who rated their own health as:

    • excellent or very good (47% compared with 42%)
    • good (31% compared with 32%), or
    • fair or poor (22% compared with 26%).

There was no difference in the proportion of people living in non-remote and remote areas who rated their own health as excellent or very good (both 45%). However, the proportion of people who rated their health as fair or poor was higher for people living in non-remote areas (25%) than remote areas (20%).