4364.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12  
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Issues have been identified with the coding of the 2011-12 data for the conditions 'Back pain/problem, disc disorder', 'Diseases of the digestive system', 'Symptoms, signs and conditions not elsewhere classified', 'Rheumatism' and 'Other diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue'. Analysis indicates that at the national level:

  • 'Back pain/problem, disc disorder' was under-reported by approximately 545,000 persons (tables 1, 2 and 3)
  • 'Diseases of the digestive system' was over-reported by approximately 230,000 persons (table 3)
  • 'Symptoms, signs and conditions not elsewhere classified' was over-reported by approximately 255,000 persons (table 3)
  • 'Rheumatism' was over-reported as a 'Current and long term' condition by approximately 145,000 persons (table 3)
  • 'Other diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue' was over-reported as a 'Current and long term' condition by approximately 275,000 persons (table 3).

Therefore, 2011-12 data for these conditions are not comparable with other years. However, 2014-15 data have been correctly coded.