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Long-term conditions were reported by 79.1% of the Tasmanian population in 2001. These are defined as an illness, injury, or disability which has lasted at least six months, or which is expected to last for six months or more.
Tasmanians recorded the highest rates in Australia for diseases of the circulatory system; diseases of the digestive system; diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue; diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (including arthritis and rheumatism); and congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities.
Tasmanians recorded the lowest rates in Australia for diseases of the genito-urinary system; and endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases.
(Source: ABS data available on request, 2001 National Health Survey.)