4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Jan 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/01/2007   
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In 2004-05;

  • the prevalence of diabetes has increased in all age groups above 44 years, and was the highest in the age group 65-74 years (14%)
  • the number of people aged 65 years and over reporting Type 2 diabetes have more than trebled between 1995 and 2004-05
  • the proportion of men and women who drank any alcohol in the last week increased between 1995 and 2004-05 in all age groups, with the largest increase in the 55-64 year group (from 62% to 73% for males and 40% to 57% for females)
  • increase between 1995 and 2004-05 in the proportions of men and women drinking at risky/high risk levels were recorded across all age groups
  • for men the largest increase was in the 55-64 year age group (from 9% to 18%)
  • for women the largest increases were recorded in age groups from 35-44 years through to 55-64 years (from 6-7% to 13%)
  • proportionally more people in all age groups reported consulting a health professional (other than a doctor or dentist) than they did in 1995, with the biggest increases in the 75 years and over (from 13% to 20%) and 35-64 years (from 10% to 15%) age groups)
  • the likelihood of sustaining an injury within the previous four weeks declines with age to 10% of those aged 65 years and over
  • the common forms of injury for persons aged 65 years and over were that of an open wound (53% of persons) and bruising (24%)
  • the likelihood of having private health insurance increases with income
  • the highest level of private health insurance coverage in 2004-05 was in the 45-54 and 55-64 years age groups (both around 61%), while the lowest (41%) was in the 25-34 and 75 years and over age groups
  • most (91%) people aged 65 years and over reported they had a government health concession card.
ABS data source: National Health Survey: Summary of Results, Australia 2004-05 (cat. no. 4364.0)