City of Lake Macquarie Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 - page 14

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Disability Inclusion Action Plan
2017–2021
Lake Macquarie City
In the 2011 Census of Population and Housing,
more than 11,500 people in Lake Macquarie City
reported that they have a need for assistance
with a core activity (self-care, mobility, or
communication).
This represents 6.1 per cent of the population,
which is higher than that reported for NSW (4.9
per cent of the population). As illustrated in
Figure 2, the likelihood for need for assistance
with a core activity increases with age.
In the two weeks prior to Census night, 13.2
per cent of the Lake Macquarie population
(compared to 11.4 per cent for NSW) spent time
providing unpaid care, help or assistance to
family members or others because of a disability,
a long term illness or problems relating to age.
Females (15.7 per cent) were more likely than
males (10.6 per cent) to provide assistance,
whilst the age group having the highest
proportion of providing unpaid care was the 55-
64 year age group.
The 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers
(SDAC) found that the disability prevalence rate
in Australia has remained relatively stable over
time, with 18.3 per cent (or 4.3 million people) of
people reporting a disability in 2015 (compared
with 18.5 per cent in 2012 and 2009).
The SDAC also identified that:
• around one-third of Australian households
contained a person with a disability (35.9 per
cent or 3.2 million households);
• 95.4 per cent of people with a disability lived
in a household, either alone (20.6 per cent) or
with others (74.8 per cent), with the remainder
living in cared-accommodation;
• the majority (78.5 per cent) of people with a
disability reported a physical condition, such
as back problems, as their main long-term
health condition. The other 21.5 per cent
reported mental and behavioural disorders;
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Age in years
Lake Macquarie City
New South Wales
Percentage of
age group
requiring
assistance
0-4
5-14 15-19 20-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75-84
85+
Figure 2: Core Activity Need for Assistance.
1...,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,...36
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