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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 activities.
  • The South Australian rate is above the national average of 18.5%, and ranks second-highest of the states and territories.

 

Prevalence of disability, 2012
State/Territory%
Northern Territory11.5%
Australian Capital Territory15.8%
Western Australia16.3%
Queensland17.7%
New South Wales18.2%
Victoria19.4%
South Australia21.5%
Tasmania24.6%
Australia18.5%

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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 disability.
  • 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%).
  • South Australia's rate is more than the national average of 4.6%, and ranks it second-highest of the states and territories.

 

Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability, 2011
Local Health Network%
Northern Adelaide LHN5.4%
Central Adelaide LHN5.7%
Southern Adelaide LHN5.2%
Metropolitan Adelaide5.5%
Country SA LHN5.4%
South Australia5.5%

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Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability, 2011
State/Territory%
Northern Territory2.7%
Australian Capital Territory3.3%
Western Australia3.5%
Queensland4.4%
Victoria4.8%
New South Wales4.9%
South Australia5.5%
Tasmania5.8%
Australia4.6%

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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%).
  • 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).

 


Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability, 2011
Age (years)MalesFemales
0-143.3%1.7%
15-192.5%1.7%
20-241.9%1.4%
25-291.8%1.5%
30-341.9%1.7%
35-392.3%2.1%
40-442.9%2.9%
45-493.3%3.5%
50-544.1%4.0%
55-594.9%4.8%
60-647.2%5.9%
65-697.8%6.5%
70-749.0%10.0%
75-7913.7%17.6%
80-8422.5%29.2%
85-8935.4%45.6%
90+53.4%66.8%
All ages5.0%5.9%

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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%.
  • South Australia was ranked equal third highest with New South Wales for this indicator when compared to all states and territories.
  • 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 Tasmania.
  • 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).

 


Need assistance with core activities due to profound or severe disability - Aboriginal people, 2011
State/Territory%
Northern Territory4.1%
Western Australia4.4%
Queensland4.8%
Australian Capital Territory4.8%
South Australia6.2%
New South Wales6.2%
Victoria6.5%
Tasmania6.6%
Australia5.4%

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Sources

  1. Based on 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 ABS TableBuilder 2015, '2011 Census - Disability, Carers and Need for Assistance', Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, accessed 20 August 2015.