4338.0 - Profiles of Health, Australia, 2011-13  
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Self-assessed health status is a commonly used measure of overall health which reflects a person's perception of his or her own health at a given point in time. It is a useful measure of a person's current health status, as well as providing a broad picture of a population's overall health.

In 2011-12, over half of all Australians aged 15 years and over considered themselves to be in very good or excellent health (55.1%), while 4.0% rated their health as poor. There was no significant change in the way Australians rated their overall health between 2007-08 and 2011-12.

Older Australians generally rated themselves as having poorer health than younger people, with persons aged 75-84 years and 85 years and over recording the highest proportions of fair or poor health at 31.4% and 37.5% respectively. Men and women showed no differences in the way they assessed their overall health in 2011-12.

Graph Image for Persons aged 15 years and over - Self-assessed health status, 2011-12

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-12

Previous results for self-assessed health status

National Health Survey 2007–08, 2004–05, 2001, 1995
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2004-05

Other articles on self-assessed health status

The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010: Self-assessed health
Aspects of Disability and Health in Australia, 2007-08
Self-assessed Health in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05
Changes in Health: A Snapshot, 2004-05
Health of Older People in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05
Characteristics of People Reporting Good or Better Health, 2001