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4-1. Living with multiple chronic and long-term health conditions

4-1-1. Living with multiple chronic conditions in South Australia – by Local Health Network

4-1-2. Living with multiple chronic conditions in South Australia – by age and sex

4-1-3. Living with multiple chronic conditions in South Australia – by socio-economic status

4-1-4. Living with multiple long-term health conditions in Australia – by state and territory

4-1-5. Living with multiple long-term health conditions – Aboriginal people

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4-1-1. Living with multiple chronic conditions in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2015, around one in five (20.3%) South Australians aged 18 years or more were living with two or more of the following chronic health conditions: diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and/or a mental health condition.
  • The Country SA rate (19.8%) is not statistically significantly lower than the metropolitan Adelaide rate of 20.5%, taking into account sampling error.
  • A statistically significant increasing trend over the last decade in the proportion of people living with two or more chronic health conditions was identified in the metropolitan Adelaide time series but not Country SA.

 

Living with two or more chronic conditions (aged 18+ years), 2015
Local Health Network%
Northern Adelaide LHN22.7%
Central Adelaide LHN17.0%
Southern Adelaide LHN22.7%
Metropolitan Adelaide20.5%
Country SA LHN19.8%
South Australia20.3%
Australian.a.

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4-1-2. Living with multiple chronic conditions in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2015, the proportion of the population that was living with multiple (two or more) chronic health conditions was higher among females aged 18 years and over (24.2%) than males (16.0%).
  • The chronic health conditions included in this measure are: diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and/or a mental health condition.
  • Prevalence is correlated with age.

 


Living with two or more chronic conditions (aged 18+ years), 2015
Age (years)MalesFemales
18-240.8%7.2%
25-345.7%12.0%
35-446.4%16.4%
45-5416.7%19.7%
55-6422.4%33.5%
65-7433.9%42.3%
75+38.1%47.5%
All ages16.0%24.2%

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4-1-3. Living with multiple chronic conditions in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2015, there was a statistically significant inverse correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who are living with multiple chronic health conditions and the socio-economic status of the area in which they live.
  • "Multiple chronic health conditions" is two or more of the following: diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and/or a mental health condition.

 

Living with two or more chronic conditions (aged 18+ years), 2015
Socio-economic status (SES)%
Lowest SES27.5%
Low SES20.7%
Middle SES21.7%
High SES15.8%
Highest SES17.0%

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4-1-4. Living with multiple long-term health conditions in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey for people of all ages who report living with three or more long-term medical conditions. This is a more comprehensive measure of multiple long-term health conditions than that used for the state-wide survey results in 4-1-1 to 4-1-3 above. Figures are therefore not comparable.
  • Long-term conditions in this measure are medical conditions that have lasted or which the survey respondent expects to last six months or more, such as: arthritis; asthma; back problems; blindness; cancer; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; deafness; diabetes mellitus; hayfever and allergic rhinitis; heart, stroke and vascular disease; hypertension; kidney disease; long sightedness; mental and behavioural problems; osteoporosis; and short sightedness.
  • According to the national survey, more than two in five (42.0%) of the age-standardised population in South Australia are estimated to be living with three or more long-term health conditions. This is level with the Australia-wide rate (42.1%).
  • The South Australian rate is similar to that for most states and territories, there being for the most part little variation between them, although Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory do have noticeably higher rates.

 


Living with three or more long-term health conditions (all ages), 2014–15 (age-standardised)
State/Territory%
Northern Territory37.9%
Western Australia39.6%
New South Wales41.4%
South Australia42.0%
Victoria42.5%
Queensland43.4%
Australian Capital Territory47.5%
Tasmania50.3%
Australia41.1%

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4-1-5. Living with multiple long-term health conditions – Aboriginal people

  • The 35.7% of Aboriginal people in South Australia who reported living with three or more long-term health conditions was estimated to be above the national rate for Aboriginal people (32.7%).
  • The long-term health conditions considered are: arthritis, asthma, back pain/problems, deafness, diabetes mellitus, hayfever and allergic rhinitis, heart, stroke and vascular diseases, hypertensive disease, long sightedness, malignant neoplasms (cancer), mental and behavioural problems, osteoporosis and/or short sightedness.
  • Compared to Aboriginal people in other states and territories, South Australia was ranked fourth lowest for this indicator.
  • The 35.7% of Aboriginal people in 2012-13 living with three or more long-term health conditions is lower than the 40.5% all-person rate for South Australia recorded in 2011-12 (40.5% - see 4-1-4 above).

 


Living with three or more long-term conditions - Aboriginal people (aged 15+ years), 2012-13
State/Territory%
Northern Territory20.3%
Queensland29.4%
Western Australia29.5%
South Australia35.7%
New South Wales37.7%
Victoria38.9%
Tasmania40.6%
Australian Capital Territory46.0%
Australia32.7%

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Sources

  1. Based on Health Information Portal database 2016, 'Management Reporting, Reports, South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System Online, Number chronic conditions (inc. mental health) (Age 18+)', SA Health, Adelaide, accessed 14 December 2016.
  2. Based on ABS 2015, ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, viewed 6 June 2016.
  3. Based on ABS 2013, 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics by State/Territory,' Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: First results 2012-13, cat. no. 4727.0.55.001, viewed 4 February 2014.