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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mortality inequalities in Australia 2009-2011 (AIHW)

Mortality inequalities in Australia 2009–2011


Despite relatively high standards of health and health care in Australia, not all Australians fare equally well in terms of their health and longevity. Substantial mortality inequalities exist in the Australian population, in terms of overall mortality, and for most leading causes of death, and these inequalities are long-standing.

The death rate among Indigenous Australians was nearly twice that of non-Indigenous Australians. This was even more pronounced among Indigenous people aged 35-44 years, with a death rate five times as high as their non-Indigenous counterparts: 480 deaths per 100,000 Indigenous people aged 35-44 compared with 98 deaths per 100,000 non-Indigenous people aged 35-44.

People living in Remote and Very remote areas had death rates 1.4 times as high as those for people living in Major cities, and higher rates of death due to diabetes (3 times as high) and land transport accidents (4.7 times as high).

View the media release and download the full report for free online.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010 (AIHW)

Maternal deaths in Australia 2006–10 is the 15th report on women who die during pregnancy and childbirth. Although maternal deaths are rare in Australia, they are catastrophic events when they do occur and require monitoring and investigation.

The report includes information about the women, pregnancy, and cause of death as well as good practice guidance points for clinicians to inform practice improvement.

Media release

Monday, 18 August 2014

Indigenous child safety

Indigenous children are over represented in areas where child safety and security are compromised. Indigenous child safety shows that Indigenous children aged 0–17 have higher rates of hospitalisations and deaths due to injury than non Indigenous children; are more likely to be victims of child abuse, neglect and sexual assault; and are over represented in homelessness and youth justice statistics.

Mortality from asthma and COPD in Australia (AIHW)

full report  Asthma death rates in Australia are high compared with many other countries and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of deaths in Australia and internationally.

Mortality from asthma and COPD in Australia provides current information about mortality due to these conditions in Australia, examining trends over time, seasonal variation, international comparison and variation by age, sex, remoteness, Indigenous status, country of birth and socioeconomic disadvantage.

View the media release .

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2012-13 (AIHW)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2012-13

Over 700 agencies provided over 160,000 treatment episodes for alcohol and other drug issues to an estimated 108,000 clients in Australia in 2012–13. Most episodes were for clients receiving treatment for their own drug use, and these clients tended to be male and in their 20s and 30s. Alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern, accounting for almost half of these closed episodes, and counselling was the most common type of treatment.

Media release

Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures trends 2014 (AIHW)

Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures trends 2014 highlights the key trends in oral health, which suggest there have been improvements over the long term but there is some cause for concern in recent years.

In adults, there was a decrease in the average number of teeth affected by decay from nearly 15 in 1987–88 to around 13 in 2004–06. From 1994 to 2010, however, the proportion reporting any adverse oral health impact generally increased and ranged from 31.4% in 1994 to a peak of 39.9% in 2008.

Media release

Friday, 15 August 2014

Health-care expenditure on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions 2008-09 (AIHW)


full report  Health-care expenditure on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions 2008-09
Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are substantial contributors to health-care expenditure in Australia. In 2008–09, estimated health-care expenditure allocated to these conditions totalled $5,690 million– the 4th most expensive disease group, accounting for 8.7% of total health-care expenditure allocated to disease groups. This report is the latest in a series on arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions expenditure. The key objectives of this report are to describe the distribution of health-care expenditure by health-care sector for the major musculoskeletal conditions: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back problems and osteoporosis.
View the media release

Birthweight of babies born to Indigenous mothers and Determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous Australians (AIHW)

Birthweight of babies born to Indigenous mothers
Birthweight of babies born to Indigenous mothers provides an overview of the birthweight of babies born to Indigenous mothers, including recent trends and information on factors associated with birthweight variation.
According to data from the National Perinatal Data Collection, 3.9% of all births in 2011 were to Indigenous mothers. Excluding multiple births, 11.2% of liveborn singleton babies born to Indigenous mothers were of low birthweight--2.5 times the rate for non-Indigenous mothers (4.6%). Between 2000 and 2011, there was a statistically significant decline in the low birthweight rate among Indigenous mothers, and the gap in birthweight between babies born to Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers declined significantly over this period.

AIHW catalogue number (IHW 138).

View the media release and download the full report for free online.

Determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous Australians
Determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous Australians examines the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians and factors that may contribute to this. The focus is on subjective wellbeing but a number of objective measures of wellbeing are also considered. Compared with non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous people tended to report lower levels of emotional wellbeing but they were more likely to say that they were satisfied with life.

AIHW catalogue number (IHW 137).

Download full report for free online.

Prisoner health services in Australia 2012 (AIHW)

Prisoner health services in Australia 2012 provides an overview of health services in Australian prisons. It draws on data available from the 2012 National Prisoner Health Data Collection, supplemented by contextual information provided by state/territory departments responsible for prisoner health, to bring together a more comprehensive picture of services delivered to prisoners than has previously been available. The governance of health care in prisons in Australia is complex, with diverse services delivered, including some outside the prison.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Working together : mental health & wellbeing book. New edition.

The second edition of the very well reviewed and comprehensive Indigenous mental health textbook by the Kulunga Research Network, Working together : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice edited Pat Dudgeon is now available from

The book may be downloaded free of charge, or free hard copies ordered .... however, there is a $17 per copy postage charge.

Contents, chapter downloads and additional information.

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Guide to providing pharmacy services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The importance of pharmacists and pharmacy staff being responsive to the health beliefs, practices, culture and linguistic needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities has been highlighted in a new guide just released by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

The Guide to providing pharmacy services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suggests all people working in this area undertake cultural responsiveness training.

About the guide (Media release)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

"Finding our way back" : new resource for Indigenous people who have attempted suicide

beyondblue and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health have created a new resource "Finding our way back" for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends. The booklet features real-life experiences from people who have attempted suicide or supported loved ones in their recovery.

Unlike previous suicide prevention resources, this booklet features practical advice shaped by people who've attempted suicide and their families, with suggestions for family members and friends on what they can do to support someone in recovery.

Resources page

Media release

Monday, 21 July 2014

Decision Assist website goes live

The first stage in the Decision Assist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service has gone live, with a website launched and a 24/7 telephone advice service on advanced care planning now available for GPs and aged care providers.

Decision Assist is the collective name for the Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services, a consortium of 7 healthcare organisations and research institutes that successfully won funding of $14.8 million over three years to establish a nationwide palliative care service under the previous government's Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package.

The new service aims to provide GPs and aged care providers with information on palliative care, advance care planning and advance care directives, including the legislation and processes in each state and territory, create links between aged care and palliative care, as well as training workshops.

The national 1300 668 908 advisory phone service on advance care planning is now available, with a palliative care service due to launch in September. It is expected that the palliative care service will provide advice on topics such as symptom control and medication.

The service also plans to create web-based resources including tablet and smartphone access, apps, and to provide telehealth services to overcome geographic isolation.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Free online clinical training for remote area Indigenous health.

The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has developed a suite of online clinical training modules designed especially for health professionals working in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

The RAHC Introduction to Remote Health Practice Program (online) has been developed as a training resource to provide timely, high quality, orientation and learning materials for RAHC health professionals preparing to work in remote health clinics and services.

The modules currently available are:

  • Introduction to Indigenous Health
  • Communication and Education
  • Chronic Conditions Management
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Maternity
  • Major Incident Management
  • Managing Medical Emergencies
  • Trachoma
  • Ear Health
  • Oral Health
  • Primary Eye Care Checks(New)
  • Eye Health and Diabetes(New)

These modules are available to anyone interested in remote and Indigenous health. Health professionals considering a placement with RAHC or any involvement in remote and Indigenous health are especially encouraged to pursue them.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Hospitalised injuries in older Australians: 2011-12 (AIHW)

Hospitalised injuries in older Australians: 2011-12 focuses on the most frequent causes of hospitalisations due to injury sustained by Australians, aged 65 years or older, during the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. Whilst the vast majority of hospitalisations were due to falls, the report focuses on other injuries (such as unintentional poisoning by medications) and it may be useful for guiding and improving policy aimed at reducing those other injuries and for targeting investment in injury prevention strategies.

Media release