South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.
Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.
Target:85. Chronic diseases:
Increase, by five percentage points, the proportion of people living with a chronic disease whose self-assessed health status is good or better
The percentage of South Australians with a chronic disease who self-assessed their health status as ‘good’ or better has remained relatively stable over recent years. In 2014, the proportion of South Australians with a chronic disease who self-assessed their health status as good or better was 70.5%.
Despite this target expiring in 2014, data is still collected and in 2016 this decreased to 67.0%.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare defines chronic diseases as diseases that are complex and varied in terms of their nature, how they are caused and the extent of their impact on the community. While some chronic diseases make large contributions to premature death, others contribute more to disability. Some may last indefinitely, whereas others may resolve over time. Features common to most chronic diseases include:
- complex causality, with multiple factors leading to their onset
- a long development period, some of which may have no symptoms
- a prolonged course of illness, perhaps leading to other health complications and
- associated functional impairment or disability.