Long-term health conditions in humanitarian entrants born in Afghanistan

In 2021, Afghan humanitarian entrants self-reported a range of long-term conditions including arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and mental health condition (Figure 6.4). 

Arthritis was more commonly reported among female Afghan humanitarian entrants. This is consistent with arthritis being more prevalent among females than males in the Australian population (AIHW 2023). A similar pattern was also observed in the rest of the Australian population in this report (see Long-term health conditions). However, the age-standardised rate of arthritis among female Afghan humanitarian entrants was almost 3 times as high as males compared with 1.5 times as high for females as males for the rest of the Australian population.

The following data visualisation (Figure 6.4) presents a bar chart and data table, which can be accessed by using the tabs (top left-hand side).

Figure 6.4: Rate of self-reported long-term health conditions for Afghan humanitarian entrants, by sex, 2021

The rate of self-reported long-term health conditions for Afghan humanitarian entrants varied by sex.

Note: Data were not presented and marked as ‘n.p.’ (not published) when suppression was applied to manage confidentiality and when the number of events was not sufficient to produce reliable estimates. For more information on how these data were calculated, see the Technical notes


AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) (2023) Chronic musculoskeletal conditions, AIHW website, accessed 9 August 2023.

Person-Level Integrated Data Asset (PLIDA), 2021, PLIDA Modular Product, ABS DataLab. Findings based on use of PLIDA data.