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SELF-ASSESSED HEALTH STATUS
SELF-ASSESSED HEALTH STATUS BY SEX, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(a)—2012–13
In 2012–13, there was no significant difference between the proportions of people reporting excellent/very good health in non-remote and remote areas (40% compared with 38%). However people in non-remote areas were more likely than those in remote areas to have rated their health as fair or poor (26% compared with 21%).
SELF-ASSESSED HEALTH STATUS BY REMOTENESS, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(a)
CHANGE OVER TIME
Between 2001 and 2012–13, there were no statistically significant changes at the national level in the proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who rated their health as excellent/very good (from 41% to 39%) or fair/poor (from 26% to 25%).
HOW DO THESE RATES COMPARE WITH THE RATES FOR NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLE?
After adjusting for differences in age structure between the two populations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over were around half as likely as non-Indigenous people to have reported excellent or very good health (rate ratio of 0.6). Conversely, the proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with fair or poor health were at least twice as high as the comparable rates for non-Indigenous people.
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