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3-11. High cholesterol

3-11-1. High cholesterol in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-11-2. High cholesterol in South Australia – by age and sex

3-11-3. High cholesterol in South Australia – by socio-economic status

3-11-4. High cholesterol in Australia – by state and territory

3-11-5. High cholesterol – Aboriginal people

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3-11-1. High cholesterol in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2018, around a quarter (24.7%) of South Australians aged 18 years or more self-reported that they had current doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or were on medication for high cholesterol1.
  • The rate varies between local health networks (LHNs) from 21.2% in the Eyre and Far North LHN to 32.1% in the Flinders and Upper North LHN.
  • The prevalence of high cholesterol self-reported by Country SA residents (26.1%) is not statistically significantly higher than their metropolitan Adelaide counterparts (24.1%)1.
  • No time series is available for this indicator due to a change in survey methods. In 2018, SA Health discontinued the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) and moved to the improved South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS). Results between the collections are not comparable.

 

High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2018
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 26.9%
Central Adelaide 21.9%
Southern Adelaide 23.8%
Metropolitan Adelaide 24.1%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 23.8%
Eyre and Far North 21.2%
Flinders and Upper North 32.1%
Limestone Coast 27.6%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 26.5%
Yorke & Northern 28.8%
Country SA 26.1%
South Australia 24.8%
Australia n.a.

Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

 

3-11-2. High cholesterol in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2018, the proportion of males aged 18 years and over who self-reported that they were living with doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or were on medication for high cholesterol (26.6%) was statistically significantly higher than the rate of their female counterparts (23.2%)1.
  • The prevalence of high cholesterol is correlated with age1.

 


High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2018
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 10.0%* 2.7%*
25-34 12.1% 7.8%
35-44 21.3% 14.1%
45-54 30.5% 21.2%
55-64 33.9% 34.8%
65-74 41.8% 40.0%
75+ 34.8% 40.9%
All ages 26.6% 23.2%

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* Relative standard error is between 25% and 50%. Please treat estimate with caution.

Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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3-11-3. High cholesterol in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2018, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who self-report that they are living with doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or are on medication for high cholesterol and the socio-economic status of the area in which they live1.

 

High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2018
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 25.7%
Low SES 26.1%
Middle SES 23.4%
High SES 22.1%
Highest SES 25.7%

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Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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3-11-4. High cholesterol in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2017-18 National Health Survey reporting high cholesterol. It is not directly comparable to the information in 3-11-1 to 3-11-3 above which is for people who self-report having current doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or being on medication for high cholesterol.
  • The national survey reports that around one in 15 (6.8%) South Australians are living with high cholesterol as a condition which has lasted, or is expected to last, for six months or more2.
  • The South Australian population high cholesterol rate is higher than the Australia-wide average of 6.1%, and is ranked equal fourth-highest (with Tasmania) of the states and territories2.

 

Living with high cholesterol (all ages), 2017–18 (crude rates)
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 3.4%
Western Australia 3.9%
Queensland 5.4%
New South Wales 6.1%
South Australia 6.8%
Tasmania 6.8%
Victoria 7.2%
Australian Capital Territory 7.3%
Australia 6.1%

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Data source: ABS 2019

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3-11-5. High cholesterol – Aboriginal people

Data not available for this indicator.

 


Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Population Health Survey customised extract 2020, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 3 February 2020.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019), ‘Table 3.3 Long-term health conditions, Proportion of persons — States and territories’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, 27 March 2019.