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4.1 Health status

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Self-reported positive health status, people 16 years and over

Current position

79 percent of NSW women rated their health positively compared to 82 percent of men in 2011.

Gender gap

  • More men rate their health status positively than women, by 3 percentage points.
The direction of
change over time
The gender gap is similar to the previously reported data for 2010 when there was a 4 percentage point difference.

People’s rating of their health status drops as they age, with young people rating their health the most positively.

However, among 16 to 24-year-olds and 25 to 34-year-olds, women are much less likely to rate their health positively than men. Indeed, the differences between men and women in younger age groups were more marked than among older age groups. See Figure 2.5.

The indicator for good health status that NSW Health uses is people who respond ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, or ‘good’ to a global self-rated health status question about their health over the last four-week period. Self-rated health is the single most reliable measure of health-related quality of life and a powerful predictor of future morbidity and mortality.

Year collected: 2011 and preceding years.
Data source: NSW Adult Population Health Survey (SAPHaRI), Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Health.
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Figure 2.5 Self-reported good health by sex and age, NSW, 2011

Fig 2.5

Note: Self-reported good health status is defined as people who report ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ health in the previous four-week period.
Population: People aged 16 and over.
Source: NSW Adult Population Health Survey (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.