New statistics confirm higher rates of physical health problems
- 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.