Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Almost half of Australians with severe or profound disability are not in good health, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Health of Australians with disability: health status and risk factors, found that 46% of Australians aged 15-64 years with a severe or profound disability reported poor or fair health, compared to only 5% of those without disability. People in this group had higher rates of all types of long-term health conditions than those without a disability. People with severe or profound disability were more likely to have acquired a long-term health condition earlier in life than those without disability. Some of these conditions were diabetes/high blood sugar level before the age of 25, arthritis before the age of 25 years and osteoporosis before the age of 45 years.