Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2007 .

This is the third national Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistical report on young people in Australia. This report brings together the most up-to-date national data on the health status of young Australians aged 12-24 years and the factors influencing their health. Information on health status includes self-assessed health status, disability, injury, mental health, chronic disease, communicable diseases, hospitalisations and mortality. Factors influencing health include family and community environments,environmental factors, socioeconomic factors including education,employment and income and health behaviours such as weight, physical activity, nutrition and substance use. This report also includes a special section on the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Free online or available from Can Print for $40 (1300 889 873).

Far West Health Library, Broken Hill, gains new Librarian

Veronica Barlow, Broken Hill's part time Assistant Librarian, recently completed her Librarianship studies and graduated from Charles Sturt University. Congratulations, Veronica !

NSW State Health Plan and Future Directions for Health in NSW -- towards 2025

Both these reports on the future of NSW Health are available from the NSW Health website :

Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport, 1999-00 to 2003-04

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report today (Internet only)

This report looks at the death and serious injury of Indigenous persons in Australia due to transport accidents in the five-year period 1999-00 to 2003-04. It focuses on the four jurisdictions of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland and
examines variables such as mode of transport, gender, age group and remoteness from an urban centre.


Food, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of cancer : a global perspective

The second World Cancer Research Fund / American Institute for Cancer Research expert report on diet, physical activity and cancer, will be released in early November. Free soft-cover copies available at (pre-publication orders only).

Guidelines for delivery of culturally sensitive and flexible counselling for Indigenous carers

Carers Vic. has produced guidelines which highlight the significant practice issues for non-indigenous counsellors to consider when working with indigenous people, and, in particular, indigenous carers.Information is provided about the current and historical colonisation process within Australia, and Western vs Indigenous concepts of family, life cycle and health. Key counselling models for working with indigenous people are discussed.

Also available at $20 per copy in print format.

Fall-related hospitalisations among older people: sociocultural and regional aspects

Injury research and statistics series no. 33
The ageing of the Australian population has enlarged the population at high risk of fall-related injury and population projections imply substantial increase in years to come. A large proportion of Australia's older population were born overseas and changing migration patterns following the Second World War have resulted in an older population which is becoming highly culturally and linguistically diverse. This report examines fall-related hospitalisations for people aged 65 and older for the years 2000-03 according to country of birth and place of usual residence.
Authored by AIHW National Injury Surveillance Unit.
Published 14 May 2007; ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN-13 978 1 74024 681 1; AIHW cat. no. INJCAT 97; INTERNET ONLY

Mixed messages : cross-cultural management in Aboriginal community controlled health services

Report : Mixed messages : cross cultural management in Aboriginal community controlled health services

Open Medicine : free online journal

A group of Canadian doctors and editors is launching a new online medical journal that they say will be free from the influence of pharmaceutical companies. Open Medicine is an open-access journal that won't charge subscription fees or run advertisements for drugs or medical devices. There is no print edition.

Mental health services in Australia 2004-05 AIHW catalogue number (HSE 47)

'Mental health services in Australia 2004-05' is the eighth in the series of AIHW's comprehensive annual reports on the characteristics and activity of Australia 's mental health services. Details from a wide range of data sources for the 2004-05 period are presented, as are changes over time. Information on mental health care provided by a range of services--including ambulatory services (such as community-based services, emergency departments, private psychiatrists and general practitioners), hospital and residential services, and other services (such as supported accommodation services)--is detailed. In addition, information is provided on mental health-related prescriptions, and mental health resources such as facilities, workforce and expenditure. Where possible, comprehensive data are provided for each state and territory, and comparisons are made between population groups (including Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and overseas-born and Australian-born people). This report is a useful resource for health planners, policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and others with an interest in mental health in Australia.