Thursday, 26 June 2014

Coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians (AIHW)

Coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians.

The pattern of coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians differs to that in non-Indigenous Australians. This paper shows that Indigenous Australians have higher hospitalisation and death rates for these conditions than non-Indigenous Australians, and are more likely to die from these conditions at younger ages. However there are some encouraging trends seen in the Indigenous population, such as declining death rates from coronary heart disease, improved chronic disease management and declining smoking rates.

Media release.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Australia's health 2014 (AIHW)

Australia's health 2014 is the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This edition combines analytical feature articles on highly topical health issues with short statistical snapshots in the following areas:

* Leading types of ill health
* Health behaviours and risks
* Health through your life
* Indigenous health
* Preventing and treating ill health
* Indicators of Australia's health.

'In brief' version

Media release.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

AIMhi Stay Strong iPad App [for Indigenous mental health & substance abuse)

The AIMhi Stay Strong iPad App is a structured mental health and substance misuse intervention using Indigenous specific content and imagery in a computerised (iPAD app) format.

The app will assist therapists to deliver a structured, evidence based, and culturally appropriate intervention to their Indigenous clients. Menzies and QUT are in the process of trialing the app with selected health service providers.

Contact details

About the app

The measurement of patient experience in non-GP primary health care settings (AIHW)

The measurement of patient experience in non-GP primary health care settings is a working paper funded by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council and overseen by the National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee. The paper documents existing approaches for measuring patient experience within non-GP primary health care settings.

Information about patient experience is an important tool for health care quality improvement and health performance reporting. While there have been selected activities to standardise and validate patient experience information in hospital and GP settings, there has been limited documentation of patient experience information within the non-GP primary health care sector. This paper will help inform future work in the area of patient experience in primary health care settings.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Children's headline indicators data portal (AIHW)

The Children's Headline Indicator interactive data portal provides the latest available information on how Australia's children aged 0-12 are faring according to 19 priority areas. These areas include health status, risk and protective factors, early learning and care, and family and community environments. The 2014 electronic release of data includes updates for 11 indicators.

While Australian children are generally doing well, some subgroups are doing less well than others. Indigenous mothers were more than 4 times as likely as non-Indigenous mothers to smoke during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Child deaths from injuries in 2010-12 were 3 times as high in outer regional, remote and very remote areas as in major cities, and infant mortality was about 1.6 times as high in areas with the lowest socioeconomic status compared with those areas with the highest socioeconomic status.

Media release.

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