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3-2. Health status

3-2-1. Health status in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-2-2. Health status in South Australia – by age and sex

3-2-3. Health status in South Australia – by socio-economic status

3-2-4. Health status in Australia – by state and territory

3-2-5. Health status of Aboriginal people

Sources

 

3-2-1. Health status in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2017, the vast majority (80.8%) of South Australians aged 18 years or more self-reported that their general health status is good, very good, or excellent1.
  • The rate varies between the local health networks (LHNs), from 72.2% in the Riverland Mallee Coorong LHN up to 84.3% in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN1.
  • The rate is not statistically significantly higher in Country SA (81.2%) than metropolitan Adelaide (80.6%)1.
  • No statistically significant underlying trend over the last decade in the proportion of people reporting their general health status as good, very good, or excellent was identified, either for metropolitan Adelaide or Country SA residents1.

 

Self-reported health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 18+ years), 2017
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 79.0%
Central Adelaide 80.9%
Southern Adelaide 81.6%
Metropolitan Adelaide 80.6%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 84.3%
Eyre and Far North 77.0%
Flinders and Upper North 83.9%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 72.2%
South East 81.2%
Yorke & Northern 82.5%
Country SA 81.2%
South Australia 80.8%
Australia n.a.

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-2-2. Health status in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2017, the proportion of people in South Australia who self-reported their general health status as good, very good, or excellent was effectively equivalent between males (80.6%) and females (81.4%) aged 18 years and over1.
  • The proportion decreased with age, from well over 90% among people aged 18-24 years to around two-thirds of men and women aged 75 years or more1.

 

Self-reported health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 18+ years), 2017
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 91.8% 93.2%
25-34 89.2% 80.5%
35-44 88.5% 86.7%
45-54 80.6% 82.9%
55-64 65.7% 74.6%
65-74 71.0% 76.4%
75+ 66.6% 70.8%
All ages 80.6% 81.4%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-2-3. Health status in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • There is a statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who self-report their general health status as good, very good, or excellent and the socio-economic status (SES) of the area in which they live1.

 

Self-reported health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 18+ years), 2017
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 74.1%
Low SES 78.4%
Middle SES 77.2%
High SES 83.5%
Highest SES 89.0%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-2-4. Health status in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey for people aged 15 years and over and is not directly comparable to the information presented in 3-2-1 to 3-2-3 above which is sourced via the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System survey of persons aged 18 years and older.
  • However, the national survey corroborates the findings from the South Australian survey with a large majority (83.5% of those aged 15 and over) self-assessing their health status as good, very good or excellent2.
  • The South Australia rate was estimated to be below the Australia-wide rate of 85.2% and towards the lower end of the scale for the states and territories, although the differences are only small and may not be significant once margins for error in the estimation are taken into account2.

 


Self-assessed health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 15+ years), 2014–15
State/Territory %
Tasmania 80.8%
South Australia 83.5%
Victoria 84.5%
Queensland 84.6%
New South Wales 85.5%
Northern Territory 86.3%
Western Australia 87.5%
Australian Capital Territory 87.8%
Australia 85.2%

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Data source: ABS 2016

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3-2-5. Health status of Aboriginal people

  • In 2012-13, 75.6% of Aboriginal people in South Australia aged 15 years and over self-assessed their health status as being good, very good, or excellent3.
  • This is 7.9 percentage points below the 83.5% recorded for all South Australians aged 15 years or more in the ABS 2014-15 Australian Health Survey2.
  • South Australia's proportion of Aboriginal people in good or better general health is effectively equivalent to the national average for Aboriginal people (75.8%)3.
  • Please note that the graph below does not start at the origin to show detail.

 


Aboriginal self-assessed health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 15+ years), 2012-13
State/Territory %
New South Wales 73.3%
Tasmania 73.3%
Victoria 73.5%
South Australia 75.6%
Queensland 76.0%
Western Australia 78.2%
Australian Capital Territory 79.0%
Northern Territory 81.8%
Australia 75.8%

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Data source: ABS 2014

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Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System customised extract 2018, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 16 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2016), ‘Table 2.1 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Persons (estimate)’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, 8 December 2015.
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2014), 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics, by State/Territory, Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons', Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Updated Results, 2012-13, cat no 4727.0.55.006, 6 June 2014.