How do Australians rate their health?
Respondents to the ABS Patient Experience Survey were asked to assess their own health and categorise it as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor. Responses of excellent, very good and good were considered positive. In 2010–11, the percentage of adults who reported a positive health status varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 75% to 91%.
Percentage of adults who reported excellent, very good and good health, 2010–11
Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults within each medicare local catchment who reported a positive health status in 2010–11. Data can be found in Fair comparisons section.
i. Perth and surrounding areas
ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas
iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas
iv. Canberra and surrounding areas
v. Sydney and surrounding areas
vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas
1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.
2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.
3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.
- Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.
- Self-assessed health status is based on the respondent's perception of their own health status. Perceptions are influenced by a number of factors and can change quickly. Care should be taken when analysing or interpreting the data.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.
Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.
To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:
- Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
- Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3
It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.
See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.
|Peer groups||Map reference||Adults who rated health excellent, very good or good (%)|
|Sydney North Shore & Beaches||108||91%|
|Australian Capital Territory||801||89%|
|Inner NW Melbourne||201||89%|
|Inner East Melbourne||206||88%|
|Inner West Sydney||102||87%|
|Perth North Metro #||502||90%|
|South Western Melbourne||203||88%|
|Greater Metro South Brisbane||302||88%|
|Perth Central & East Metro||501||88%|
|South Eastern Sydney||103||87%|
|Central Adelaide & Hills||402||87%|
|Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is.||403||85%|
|Metro North Brisbane||301||85%|
|Gold Coast #||303||83%|
|South Western Sydney||104||84%|
|South Eastern Melbourne||208||84%|
|Macedon Ranges & NW Melb||204||83%|
|Central Coast NSW||109||84%|
|Perth South Coastal||505||82%|
|South West WA #||506||89%|
|North Coast NSW||113||84%|
|Country South SA||404||83%|
|Darling Downs-SW Qld||306||81%|
|Great South Coast||212||NP|
|Country North SA †||405||81%|
|Far West NSW #†||118||75%|
|Rural 2 †||88%|
|Far North Qld||311||87%|
|Northern Territory †||701||87%|
|Central & NW Qld †||309||NP|
# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.
† This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.
NP Not available for publication.