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· heart or circulatory condition
· mental health condition, including depression or anxiety
· long term injury
· any other long term health condition.
· cancer where the respondent reports having cancer without any explanation
· cancer where the respondent was undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy
· cancer in partial remission
· mental illness where the respondent was not currently experiencing an episode
If respondents sought clarification on the definition of medical specialist, interviewers were instructed to advise that medical specialists provide services which are covered, at least in part, by Medicare (e.g. dermatologists, cardiologists, neurologists and gynaecologists).
In the data presented in this publication, populations are sometimes based on those who needed to use a service. In most cases, this population is a combination of those who used the service and those who didn't use the service but said they needed to.
A laboratory test that includes analysis of specimens such as urine and blood in order to diagnose disease.
Private health insurance
Refers to voluntary coverage through a private insurer (e.g. Medibank Private, HCF or Bupa). Depending on the type of cover purchased, private health insurance provides cover against all or part of hospital theatre and accommodation costs in either a public or private hospital, medical costs in hospital and costs associated with a range of services not covered under Medicare, including private dental services, optical, chiropractic and physiotherapy.
Public dental care
Any public dental service that is partly or fully funded by the government, including public dental services provided at a private dental clinic.
The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is used by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographically classified statistics. The classification includes a Remoteness Structure which divides Australia into six broad regions called Remoteness Areas. The purpose of the Remoteness Structure is to provide a classification for the release of statistics that inform policy development by classifying Australia into large regions that share common characteristics of remoteness, based on physical distance from services.
A person's impression of their own health against a five point scale from excellent through to poor.
Differences between population estimates are said to be statistically significant when it can be stated with 95% confidence that there is a real difference between the populations (see the Significance Testing section of the Technical Note for more information).
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