Suburban clustering of vitamin D deficiency in Melbourne, Australia

Bircan Erbas, Peter R. Ebeling, Dianne Couch, John D. Wark

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Objective: A high prevalence of mild to moderate vitamin D deficiency has been observed in women who have recently arrived from the horn of Africa and living in inner Melbourne. Vitamin D status of women with differing age and ethnic distributions residing in other suburbs is unknown. Method: A tertiary referral Women's hospital-based survey of serum 25(OH)D concentrations in 2,690 women aged 14-78 years residing in Melbourne between 1 July 2004 and 30 June 2005. We computed odds of serum 25(OH)D concentrations < 50 nmol/L and used tests of homogeneity across different suburbs in Melbourne, Victoria. Results: Women with moderate vitamin D deficiency from all suburbs were young [29.1 ± 7.2 years (mean ± standard deviation)]. The odds of moderate vitamin D deficiency were highest in inner suburbs and Greenvale, Coburg, Pascoe Vale South, Fawkner, Broad-meadows and Campbellfield from the Hume-Moreland municipality (p value for homogeneity of odds < 0.001). Conclusion: Vitamin D deficiency appears to be a growing health concern in Australia and may be more prevalent in younger women in Victoria than anticipated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnicity
  • Vitamin D
  • Young women

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