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This webpage has been created to provide links to useful resources on the Web relating to Australian Health.  Regularly updated, it includes links to government statistics and reports, and summary papers from a range of Australian health organisations and government agencies.

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Hospital resources 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics

Hospital resources 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Presents a detailed overview of public and private hospital resources in Australia.
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Nutritional ecology and human health

Nutritional ecology and human health | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Existing models for measuring health impacts of the human diet are limiting our capacity to solve obesity and its related health problems, claim two of the world's leading nutritional scientists in their newest research.
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Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people | Australian Health | Scoop.it
The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the use of illicit drugs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. It provides general information on the context of illicit drug use in Australia and the factors of particular relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including the historical context, social context, and other social factors. This review provides detailed information on the extent of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including overall self-reported prevalence and prevalence by type of substance. It outlines the health and social and emotional wellbeing harms associated with substance use, as well as the associated hospitalisations, mortality, and wider social impacts. This review also provides information on policies and strategies addressing illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including a number of past policies that provide historical context. This review concludes by describing a number of services that aim to address illicit drug use in Australia, with particular focus on elements of effective service design and delivery and barriers commonly faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when accessing these services.
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Futility and the law: Knowledge, practice and attitudes of doctors in end of life care

Futility and the law: Knowledge, practice and attitudes of doctors in end of life care | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Explores doctors’ perceptions about the law that governs futile treatment at the end of life, and the role it plays in medical practice.
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Investing in women's mental health: strengthening the foundations for women, families and the Australian economy

Investing in women's mental health: strengthening the foundations for women, families and the Australian economy | Australian Health | Scoop.it
The AHPC policy paper, Investing in women’s mental health, strengthening the foundations for women, families and the Australian economy, discusses the extensive evidence that women’s mental health needs are significantly different from those of men. Certain mental illnesses are more prevalent in women, they use mental health services more frequently than men, and they want a broader range of treatment options than are currently available.
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All cancers (AIHW)

All cancers (AIHW) | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Cancer is a diverse group of several hundred diseases in which some of the body’s cells become abnormal and begin to multiply out of control. The abnormal cells can invade and damage the tissue around them, and spread to other parts of the body, causing further damage and eventually death.

All cancers combined incorporates ICD-10 cancer codes C00–C97 (Malignant neoplasms of specific sites), D45 (Polycythaemia), D46 (Myelodysplastic syndromes), and D47.1, D47.3, D47.4 and D47.5 (Myeloproliferative diseases); but excludes basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin. BCC and SCC, the most common skin cancers, are not notifiable diseases in Australia and are not reported in the Australian Cancer Database.
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Report compares loneliness to obesity, smoking

Report compares loneliness to obesity, smoking | Australian Health | Scoop.it
ABC Radio's Tom Nightingale interviews Sally Stabback, retirement village resident, and Brett Moreton, Council of the Ageing spokesman, about social isolation issues for elderly Victorians.
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Curriculum support for teachers in relationships and sexual health education - GDHR Portal

Curriculum support for teachers in relationships and sexual health education - GDHR Portal | Australian Health | Scoop.it
The GDHR website is designed to support and assist Western Australian (WA) teachers, school nurses and schools to provide positive and comprehensive relationships and sexual health education.
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Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014

Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014 | Australian Health | Scoop.it
By 2025, global obesity prevalence will reach 18% in men and surpass 21% in women; severe obesity will surpass 6% in men and 9% in women, this report shows.
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Public Health (VIC Health)

Public Health (VIC Health) | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Public health policies aim to promote health and wellbeing and to prevent disease in the Victorian community.
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Conversations: creating choice in end of life care

Conversations: creating choice in end of life care | Australian Health | Scoop.it
When it comes to death the statistics are clear. We will all die.

So why don’t we talk about it?

End of Life Care is under significant pressure in Australia. Demand is rocketing, access is limited and the system is often too stressed to provide the quality we expect. Care choice is limited by age, diagnosis and geography.
 
A new report released by the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR), Conversations: Creating Choice in End of Life Care finds that the roadmap to reform of End of Life Care starts with one simple, but significant and cost-effective step – conversation.
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Significant health gap remains between Australians with disability and those without disability (AIHW)

Australians with disability are still significantly more likely to report having poor health than those without disability, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
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Systems approaches for chronic disease prevention: sound logic and empirical evidence, but is this view shared outside of academia?

Systems approaches for chronic disease prevention: sound logic and empirical evidence, but is this view shared outside of academia? | Australian Health | Scoop.it
There is a need and desire to improve chronic disease prevention efforts across Australia. Increasingly, scientists are urging the use of systems thinking and its methods to significantly shift the way we think about, and intervene in, chronic diseases.

This research aimed to examine the convergence between the systems science literature and the views of those working in and advocating for prevention, in relation to the value of systems thinking and its methods for the prevention of chronic diseases.
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Australian burden of disease study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011—summary report

Australian burden of disease study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011—summary report | Australian Health | Scoop.it
This summary report provides estimates of the burden due to different diseases and injuries in Australia and the contribution of various risk factors to this burden.
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Inquiry into end of life choices: final report

Inquiry into end of life choices: final report | Australian Health | Scoop.it
On 7 May 2015 the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion:

That pursuant to Sessional Order 6 this House requires the Legal and Social Issues Committee to inquire into, consider and report, no later than 31 May 2016, on the need for laws in Victoria to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices and, in particular, the Committee should —

assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life, including the role of palliative care;

review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions; and

consider what type of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation
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Medicinal cannabis in Australia: the missing links

Medicinal cannabis in Australia: the missing links | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes needs considered management before it is rolled out as a therapeutic good.

Since the publication in the Journal last year of a perspective on cannabis that stated: “Australia is behind the times on the medicinal use of cannabis”, there appears to have been a palpable change in community attitudes around cannabis as medicine. This has occurred alongside anecdotal reports from people with intractable illnesses who have had symptomatic benefit with cannabis. Palliative care specialists have acknowledged a potential role for medicinal cannabis in their specialty. Internationally, the scene is also changing. For example, the Netherlands Office of Medicinal Cannabis enables dispensation through pharmacies after purchase from a contracted company, which also exports to other European countries. In the United States, 23 states and Washington, DC, have legalised marijuana in some form, mostly for medicinal purposes, since June 2015.
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Mesothelioma in Australia: cresting the third wave

Mesothelioma in Australia: cresting the third wave | Australian Health | Scoop.it
There has been much recent commentary about the ‘third wave’ of asbestos-related disease, arising particularly from exposures of people repairing, renovating or demolishing buildings that contain asbestos. The presence and extent of a third wave, however, are difficult to assess, and the extent and risk of both occupational and non-occupational third-wave exposures are largely unmeasured. Moreover, we lack information on the extent of deterioration of in situ asbestos, and its significance for ambient and third-wave exposures.
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Cervical screening in Australia 2013–2014 (AIHW)

Cervical screening in Australia 2013–2014 (AIHW) | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Cervical screening in Australia 2013–2014 presents the latest national statistics monitoring the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer. Around 57% of women in the target age group of 20–69 took part in the program, with more than 3.8 million women screening in 2013 and 2014. Cervical cancer incidence for women of all ages remains at an historical low of 7 new cases per 100,000 women, and deaths are also low, historically and by international standards, at 2 deaths per 100,000 women.
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Chronic disease risk factors (AIHW)

Chronic disease risk factors (AIHW) | Australian Health | Scoop.it
The term chronic disease applies to a group of diseases that tend to be long lasting and have persistent effects. This is opposed to acute diseases, which have a quick onset and are often brief, intense and/or severe.

Many factors influence how healthy we are. Some of these function on an individual level, for example, health behaviours or genetic make-up, while others function at a broader societal level, such as the availability of health services, vaccination programs or a clean and healthy environment. All these influencing factors are known collectively as determinants of health.
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State of our health

State of our health | Australian Health | Scoop.it
A set of indicators produced by the Health Performance Council to give a comprehensive picture of health in South Australia, in each local health network, and for South Australia’s Aboriginal population.
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Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving physical health and wellbeing outcomes for children

Interventions for parents and families: the evidence for improving physical health and wellbeing outcomes for children | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Describes the extent to which interventions for parents and families can improve child physical health and wellbeing outcomes.
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How integrating primary care and public health could improve population health outcomes: a view from Liverpool, UK

How integrating primary care and public health could improve population health outcomes: a view from Liverpool, UK | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Although primary care is at the forefront of delivering healthcare to the population, its role in preventing poor health has varied throughout history.
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Sources of child health information: what parents use and trust

Sources of child health information: what parents use and trust | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Reveals that three in five parents used websites, blogs and online forums to get child health information in the last six months – but a surprising 30 per cent did not trust them at all.
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Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures 2015

Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures 2015 | Australian Health | Scoop.it
Between 1994 and 2013, there was an overall increase in the proportion of people who were uncomfortable about their dental appearance, from 20% to nearly 27%.
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