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We asked 6300 Tasmanians about their health …

The general health of Tasmanians

  • 24% rated their health as fair/poor, 37% said excellent/very good and 39% said good.
  • 60% of Tasmanians are overweight or obese.
  • Tasmanians meeting national fruit and vegetable guidelines:
    • Fruit: 44% females and 35% males
    • Vegetables: 12% females and 3% males.
  • 55% of Tasmanians use services at a public hospital.
  • One in seven Tasmanians are experiencing high or very high levels of psychological (mental) distress.
  • One in five Tasmanians aged 18-24 years are experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress.
  • Around one in six Tasmanians are current smokers.
    22% of Tasmanians use services at a community health centre.
  • 72% of Tasmanians with asthma have an asthma management plan.

Tasmanians reporting a past or current chronic condition diagnosis

  • 22% of Tasmanians reported having three or more of these chronic conditions:
    • Eye diseases: 12%
    • Depression/anxiety: 30%
    • Stroke: 3%
    • Heart disease: 7%
    • Osteoporosis: 6%
    • Arthritis: 23%
    • Cancer: 9%
    • Diabetes: 8%
    • High blood pressure: 24%
    • Asthma: 25%.

Tasmanians participating in screening

  • Bowel cancer: 32%.
  • Diabetes/high blood sugar: 50%.
  • Cholesterol: 55%.
  • Blood pressure: 82%.
  • One in four Tasmanians have fair or poor dental health.
  • One in three Tasmanian males has drinking habits that put them at risk of injury or violence.
  • One in three Tasmanians are not physically active enough.