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3-6. Disability

3-6-1. Disability in South Australia

3-6-2. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-6-3. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by age and sex

3-6-4. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – Aboriginal people

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3-6-1. Disability in South Australia

  • In 2012, around one in five (21.5%) South Australians of all ages reported having a disability – defined here as a limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities1.
  • The South Australian rate is above the national average of 18.5%, and ranks second-highest of the states and territories1.

 

Prevalence of disability (all ages), 2012
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 11.5%
Australian Capital Territory 15.8%
Western Australia 16.3%
Queensland 17.7%
New South Wales 18.2%
Victoria 19.4%
South Australia 21.5%
Tasmania 24.6%
Australia 18.5%

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Data source: ABS 2013

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3-6-2. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • As at the 2011 Census, around one in 18 (5.5%) of South Australians of all ages reported being in need of assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability2.
  • The rate varies slightly between the three metropolitan Adelaide Local Health Networks (LHNs) but the overall rate reported by people that live in metropolitan Adelaide (5.5%) was equivalent to that of Country SA residents (5.4%)2.
  • South Australia's rate is more than the national average of 4.6%, and ranks it second-highest of the states and territories2.

 

Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (all ages), 2011
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide LHN 5.4%
Central Adelaide LHN 5.7%
Southern Adelaide LHN 5.2%
Metropolitan Adelaide 5.5%
Country SA LHN 5.4%
South Australia 5.5%

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Data source: ABS 2011

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Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (all ages), 2011
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 2.7%
Australian Capital Territory 3.3%
Western Australia 3.5%
Queensland 4.4%
Victoria 4.8%
New South Wales 4.9%
South Australia 5.5%
Tasmania 5.8%
Australia 4.6%

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Data source: ABS 2011

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3-6-3. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – by age and sex

  • As at the 2011 Census, the proportion of males in South Australia of all ages who reported needing assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (5.0%) was slightly lower than their female counterparts (5.9%)2.
  • The proportion increases significantly with age, with the highest rate among both males and females belonging to the 90 years and over age cohort (53.4% and 66.8%, respectively)2.

 


Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability (all ages), 2011
Age (years) Males Females
0-14 3.3% 1.7%
15-19 2.5% 1.7%
20-24 1.9% 1.4%
25-29 1.8% 1.5%
30-34 1.9% 1.7%
35-39 2.3% 2.1%
40-44 2.9% 2.9%
45-49 3.3% 3.5%
50-54 4.1% 4.0%
55-59 4.9% 4.8%
60-64 7.2% 5.9%
65-69 7.8% 6.5%
70-74 9.0% 10.0%
75-79 13.7% 17.6%
80-84 22.5% 29.2%
85-89 35.4% 45.6%
90+ 53.4% 66.8%
All ages 5.0% 5.9%

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Data source: ABS 2011

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3-6-4. Need for assistance due to profound or severe disability in South Australia – Aboriginal people

  • As at the 2011 Census, the 6.2% of Aboriginal people in South Australia of all ages requiring assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability was above the national average for Aboriginal people of 5.4%2.
  • South Australia was ranked equal third highest with New South Wales for this indicator when compared to all states and territories2.
  • The variation between the states and territories for this indicator was relatively small, ranging from 4.1% in the Northern Territory to 6.6% in Tasmania2.
  • The gap between Aboriginal and all-person prevalence of need for assistance due to profound or severe disability was relatively small, with the all-person rate at 5.5% (see above)2.

 


Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability - Aboriginal people (all ages), 2011
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 4.1%
Western Australia 4.4%
Queensland 4.8%
Australian Capital Territory 4.8%
South Australia 6.2%
New South Wales 6.2%
Victoria 6.5%
Tasmania 6.6%
Australia 5.4%

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Data source: ABS 2011

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Sources

  1. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2013), 'Table 1 ALL PERSONS, Disability-estimates and rates, by age and sex, and age standardised totals-2003, 2009 and 2012' and 'Table 4 ALL PERSONS, Disability rates by sex and selected demographic characteristics-2012', Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012, cat. no. 44300DO001_2012, viewed 18 August 2014.
  2. Based on tables generated using Australian Bureau of Statistics TableBuilder 2015, '2011 Census - Disability, Carers and Need for Assistance', Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, accessed 20 August 2015.