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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 2018, around three quarters (74.6%) 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 69.0% in the Eyre and Far North LHN up to 78.9% in the Central Adelaide LHN1.
  • The rate is not statistically significantly higher in Country SA (75.0%) than metropolitan Adelaide (74.5%)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.

 

Self-reported health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 18+ years), 2018
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 70.5%
Central Adelaide 78.9%
Southern Adelaide 73.6%
Metropolitan Adelaide 74.5%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 77.9%
Eyre and Far North 69.0%
Flinders and Upper North 73.1%
Limestone Coast 77.3%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 74.1%
Yorke & Northern 71.7%
Country SA 75.0%
South Australia 74.0%
Australia n.a.

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

Data source: SA Health 2020

 

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

  • In 2018, the proportion of people in South Australia who self-reported their general health status as good, very good, or excellent was statistically significantly higher for males (75.7%) than females (72.6%) aged 18 years and over1.
  • The proportion varies with age1.

 

Self-reported health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 18+ years), 2018
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 80.6% 57.3%
25-34 82.8% 81.1%
35-44 74.3% 78.3%
45-54 69.6% 66.6%
55-64 73.0% 71.8%
65-74 76.4% 73.4%
75+ 72.0% 65.5%
All ages 75.7% 72.6%

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

Data source: SA Health 2020

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

  • There is a near-statistically-significant (p=0.0598) 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), 2018
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 66.3%
Low SES 67.4%
Middle SES 80.2%
High SES 79.5%
Highest SES 79.6%

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

Data source: SA Health 2020

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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’ 2017-18 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 Population Health Survey of persons aged 18 years and older.
  • The national survey reports a large majority (84.4%, age standardised) of those aged 15 and over self-assessing their health status as good, very good or excellent2.
  • The South Australian rate is slightly below the Australian average of 85.8% (age standardised) and third-lowest of 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), 2017–18 (age standardised)
State/Territory %
Tasmania 83.7%
Queensland 83.9%
South Australia 84.4%
Victoria 85.9%
New South Wales 86.2%
Northern Territory 87.1%
Western Australia 88.6%
Australian Capital Territory 89.8%
Australia 85.8%

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Data source: ABS 2018

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3-2-5. Health status of Aboriginal people

  • In 2018-19, 70.1% 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 14.3 percentage points below the 84.4% recorded for all South Australians aged 15 years or more in the ABS 2017-18 National Health Survey (see 3-2-4 above)2.
  • South Australia's proportion of Aboriginal people in good or better general health is below the national average for Aboriginal people (76.1%) and is ranked lowest of the states and territories3.

 

Aboriginal self-assessed health status is good, very good, or excellent (aged 15+ years), 2018-19 (crude rates)
State/Territory %
South Australia 70.1%
Australian Capital Territory 71.1%
Tasmania 72.5%
Victoria 75.2%
New South Wales 76.1%
Queensland 76.2%
Western Australia 77.4%
Northern Territory 81.6%
Australia 76.1%

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Data source: ABS 2019

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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 2018), ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, 12 December 2018.
  3. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019), 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics, by State/Territory, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, 2018–19, Proportion of persons,' National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19, cat. no. 4715.0, 11 December 2019.