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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 10–Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, 2018

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 10–Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, 2017
METeOR identifier:Help on this term658515
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 30/01/2018
Description:Help on this term

The proportion of people who have Type 2 diabetes.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2018) Health, Standard 30/01/2018
Outcome area:Help on this termPrevention Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

The National Health Measures Survey component of the 2011–13 Australian Health Survey included a fasting plasma glucose test.

A respondent to the survey is considered to have known diabetes if they had ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they have Type 2 diabetes and:

  • they were taking diabetes medication (either insulin or tablets); or
  • their blood test result for fasting plasma glucose was greater than or equal to 7.0 mmol/L.

A respondent to the survey is considered to have newly diagnosed diabetes if they reported no prior diagnosis of diabetes, but had a fasting plasma glucose value greater than or equal to 7.0 mmol/L.

Excludes persons who did not fast for 8 hours or more prior to their blood test.

Excludes women with gestational diabetes.

The data are reported for two age ranges:

  • people aged 18 years and over; and
  • people aged 25 years and over, as a supplementary measure.

Rates are directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of the person (based on data availability).

Presented as a percentage.

95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors calculated for rates.

Note: The type of diabetes for newly diagnosed cases cannot be determined from a fasting plasma glucose or HbA1c test alone.  However, it is assumed that the vast majority of newly diagnosed cases would be Type 2.

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100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of persons aged 18 years and over with known diabetes (Type 2) or newly diagnosed diabetes as determined by a fasting plasma glucose test.

For the supplementary measure: number of persons aged 25 years and over with known diabetes (Type 2) or newly diagnosed diabetes as determined by a fasting plasma glucose test.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011–13 (2011–12 National Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person with known diabetes (Type 2) or newly diagnosed diabetes as determined by a fasting plasma glucose test


Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011–13 (2011–12 National Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person with known diabetes (Type 2) or newly diagnosed diabetes as determined by a fasting plasma glucose test


Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Denominator:Help on this term

Population aged 18 years and over.

For the supplementary measure: population aged 25 years and over.

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011–13 (2011–12 National Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Disaggregation:Help on this term

State and territory, by:

  • sex
  • Indigenous status.

Nationally, by:

  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure)
  • 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintiles.

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011–13 (2011–12 National Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey

Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness and SEIFA of residence


Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey

Used for disaggregation by state/territory


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—sex


Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—Indigenous status


Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2018 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2011-12 (total population, non-Indigenous: AHS); 2012–13 (Indigenous only: AATSIHS).

NO NEW DATA FOR 2018 REPORTING.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this term

N[NN].N

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011–13 (2011–12 National Health Measures Survey component)
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Data SourceABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012–13 (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey component)
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Benchmark:Help on this term

PB c-Better health: reduce the age-adjusted prevalence rate for Type 2 diabetes to 2000 levels (equivalent to a national prevalence rate (for 25 years and over) of 7.1 per cent) by 2023, 2018

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Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Relational attributes

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See also National Healthcare Agreement: PB c–Better health: reduce the age-adjusted prevalence rate for Type 2 diabetes to 2000 levels (equivalent to a national prevalence rate (for 25 years and over) of 7.1 per cent) by 2023, 2018 Health, Standard 30/01/2018

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 10–Prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018

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