Chronic conditions are an important global, national and individual health concern. They cause substantial ill health, disability, premature death, and disease burden. Many people with chronic conditions do not have a single condition, but rather they have multimorbidity – the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions at the same time. Using 10 major chronic conditions, this report, and the associated fact sheet, explore the characteristics and experiences of people with multimorbidity.
- Cat. no: PHE 286
1 in 5 (20%) of Australians had multimorbidity—2 or more of 10 chronic conditions—in 2017–18, based on self-report
Multimorbidity increases with age—it affects 12% of those aged 15–44 and half (51%) of those aged 65 and over
Multimorbidity is more common among females (23%) than males (18%)
Almost half (45%) of adults with multimorbidity live in the lowest 2 socioeconomic areas