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Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, oils, herbs and other nutritive and non-nutritive supplements. These are also referred to as 'complementary medicines,' and the many thousands of these various products are regulated within Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
One in eight (12%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reported taking at least one dietary supplement. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults (19 years and over) were more likely than children to have taken a supplement (14% compared with 8% for children). Overall, males and females were equally likely to have taken supplements. However, females aged 14-18 years were five times more likely to have taken supplements than males of the same age (15% compared with 3.2% for males).
Footnote(s): (a) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 2 years and over. (b) On the day prior to interview.
Source(s): Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Nutrition Results – Foods and Nutrients, 2012-13
Around three in five (62%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who had taken a supplement had only taken one type of supplement, with one quarter (25%) taking two different supplements, and one in eight (13%) taking three or more different supplements.
Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Vitamin and/or mineral supplements (9.2%) were the most commonly taken dietary supplements, with Oil supplements taken by around 4.1% of the population (see Table 11.1).
Was there a difference by remoteness?
How does this compare with non-Indigenous people?
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