New statistics confirm higher rates of physical health problems

New statistics confirm higher rates of physical health problems

Date
Mon 21 Dec 2015

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released some data from the National Health Survey 2014-15 pertaining to mental health and co-existing physical health conditions. The data indicates that for Queensland:

  • 22.4 per cent of people with a mental and behavioural condition* had arthritis, double the rate for people without a mental and behavioural condition (11.3 per cent)
  • 17.3 per cent of people with a mental and behavioural condition had asthma, compared to 9.1 per cent for people without a mental and behavioural condition
  • The rate of people with a mental and behavioural condition who had COPD was over 3 times the rate among people who did not report a mental and behavioural condition (6.4 per cent compared to 2 per cent)
  • The rates of diabetes (7.7 per cent) and hypertensive disease (15 per cent) were much higher among people who reported having a mental and behavioural condition when compared to people without (3.9 per cent and 9 per cent respectively for diabetes and hypertension).

In Queensland, 15.8 per cent of people who report having a mental and behavioural condition also report having a physical health condition. Of the population who have both a mental and behavioural condition and a physical health condition, almost 83 per cent have more two or more physical conditions. Please note, these estimates contain a reasonably large margin of error.

See the full report at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4329.0.00.004?OpenDocument

*the ABS defines mental and behavioural conditions as conditions that  include organic mental problems, alcohol and drug problems, mood (affective) disorders, anxiety related disorders and other mental and behavioural problems.