4364.0.55.002 - Health Service Usage and Health Related Actions, Australia, 2014-15  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/03/2017   
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Poor health or injury can cause disruptions to a person's lifestyle, including limiting their ability to participate in daily activities such as employment or education. Similar impacts may be experienced by someone if they provide care for others.

In 2014-15, around 16.0 million Australians were employed or at school/studying. Around 1 in 7 (or 15%) of these people reported they had taken time away from work or school/study in the last two weeks due to their own illness or injury. Women were slightly more likely than were men to have taken time off due to their own illness or injury (17.0% and 13.4% respectively). In addition, around 1 in 20 (4.5%) had taken time off in the last two weeks to care for someone else. Again, this was slightly more likely for women (5.6%) than it was for men (3.7%). These results were similar to 2011-12.

Around 1 in 3 people (28.2%) with a profound or severe core activity limitation had time off work or study/school due to their own illness or injury in the last 2 weeks. This compared with just over 1 in 10 people (13.5%) who had no disability or restrictive long-term health condition.