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.
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.
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.
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.
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.