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Socioeconomic status and chronic disease prevalence in Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults in Australia, 2004-05



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29 March 2010


Abstract: There is a large and growing body of evidence that socioeconomic status is associated with health status, and this is the case across a wide range of health conditions and populations. In Australia, Indigenous people are more likely than other Australians to be of low socioeconomic status and to have poorer health status. However, little is known about the relationship between socioeconomic status and health status within the Indigenous population, or whether any such relationships are similar in magnitude to those in the non-Indigenous population.

This presentation will explore the socioeconomic patterning of four National Health Priority Areas – diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and arthritis – in Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults aged 18-64 years, using data from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and the National Health Survey, which were conducted in parallel by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2004-05.

Joan Cunningham

Menzies School of Health Research