India-born Australians on average face better long-term health conditions than people of many other culturally and linguistically diverse communities, according to a new report. However, they also have the third highest prevalence of diabetes after Pakistan and Sri Lanka-born Australians.
The new report on long-term health from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is based on 2021 Census data, which found over eight million Australians had been diagnosed as having a chronic condition.
The statistics reveal that migrants from the 20 most common overseas countries of birth generally have lower rates of long-term health conditions than the Australia-born population.
Indian migrants rank fifth within the CALD population for lowest prevalence of long-term conditions after China, Nepal, South Korea and Vietnam.
The findings also reveal that those who spoke Punjabi (17%), Gujarati (18%), Korean (16%), and Mandarin (16%) had the lowest prevalence of one or more long-term health condition(s), while people who spoke Arabic (29%), Italian (28%), Greek (28%) and Tagalog (26%) had the highest prevalence of one or more long-term health condition(s).
The report found that people from the Indian subcontinent have a higher prevalence of diabetes and heart disease, while the population born in English-speaking countries have a higher prevalence of asthma, cancer and arthritis.