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


There are many different kinds of disability — some result from accidents, illness or genetic disorders, while others have no known cause. People with more restrictive disabilities may have difficulty with mobility, communication or caring for themselves. Having a disability may also affect a person’s participation in education, employment and social or community activities.

More than one-quarter (27%) of people reported they had a disability or restrictive long-term health condition.

The proportion of people with disability or a restrictive long-term health condition was:

    • the same for males and females (both 27%)
    • higher for people living in non-remote areas (28%) than remote areas (21%).

Eight per cent of people had a profound or severe disability [1]. The proportion of people with a profound or severe disability was:
    • about the same for males (9%) and females (8%)
    • higher for people living in non-remote areas (9%) than remote areas (6%).


Footnote
1. Refers to people with a profound or severe limitation when performing at least one selected task related to mobility, communication or self-care. See Explanatory notes.