4715.0 - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Chronic conditions

Chronic conditions are long-term health conditions that contribute to premature mortality and morbidity. People diagnosed with one or more chronic conditions often have complex health needs, poorer quality of life and die prematurely [1].

More than four in 10 (46%) people had one or more selected chronic conditions [2], up from 2012–13 (40%).

The proportion of people with one or more selected chronic conditions was:

    • about the same for males (44%) and females (47%)
    • higher for people living in non-remote areas (48%) than in remote areas (33%).

1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 'Australia's Health 2018, 3.3 Chronic Conditions' <https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/6bc8a4f7-c251-4ac4-9c05-140a473efd7b/aihw-aus-221-chapter-3-3.pdf.aspx>; last accessed 14/11/2019.
2. Includes arthritis, asthma, back problems (dorsopathies), cancer (malignant neoplasms), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, heart, stroke and vascular disease, kidney disease, mental and behavioural conditions, and osteoporosis.