Self rated health is commonly used to measure the health status of an individual. Research has shown it is a predictor of mortality and morbidity (Gentham et al 1999; McCullum et al 1994). 

  • ACT Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people had the highest percentage (45.6%) of those that reported having excellent/very good self rated health compared with other states and territories Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Gerdtham, U; Johannesson, M; Lundberg, L and Isacson, D 1999, A note on validating Wagstaff and Dooslairs health measure in the analysis of inequality in health. Journal of Health Economics, vol. 18, pp. 117-224.
McCallum, J; Shadbolt, B and Wang, D 1994, Self-rated health and survival: a 7-year follow-up study of Australian elderly, American Journal of Public Health, vol. 84, no. 7, pp. 1100-1105


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Codes & Sources

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics.4727.0.55.001 - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: First Results, Australia, 2012-13, 27/11/2013  First Issue 

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