The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) 2018-19 was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from July 2018 until April 2019. The survey collected information about the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It focused on health conditions, lifestyle factors, health service use, social and emotional wellbeing, and physical measurements. For the first time, in 2018-19 the NATSIHS also included a voluntary, self-administered hearing test for people aged 7 years and over who did not have a cochlear implant.
- In 2018–19, compared with 2012–13, more people had never smoked, 85% compared to 77% for people aged 15-17 years, and 50% compared to 43% for people aged 18-24 years.
- Overweight and obesity rates have increased for children aged 2-14 years (37% compared to 30%) and for people aged 15+ (71% compared to 66%).
- The proportion of people who needed to go to the doctor but didn’t (at least once) in the last 12 months was 14% in non-remote areas and 8% in remote areas.
Information from the survey is used to better understand the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to assist in improving services and health programs to help them live healthier and happier lives.