Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The use of health services among Australians with disability (AIHW)

The use of health services among Australians with disability is the second in a series about the health of people with disability. It examines the use of health services among Australians with disability based on national population health survey data.

Compared with people without disability, people aged 15-64 years with severe or profound disability were:

* 10 times more likely to have check-ups with general practitioners (GPs)
at least once a month (29% versus 3%)
* 3.5 times more likely to consult specialist doctors in the 12 months before the survey period 2007-08 (56% versus 16%)
* 5 times more likely to consult both specialist doctors and other health professionals in the 12 months before the survey period 2007-08 (41% versus 8%).

The high use of health professional services was particularly related to services provided by specialist doctors, occupational therapists, and social workers or welfare workers.

Media release

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