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Statistical snapshots of people with asthma in Australia 2001

This report identifies the demographics and health-related characteristics that define people with asthma and that distinguish them from those who have never had asthma. It highlights the overall burden experienced by people with asthma, including the presence of other diseases, the use of medications and other health services, and effects on quality of life.

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among older people in Australia: deaths and hospitalisations

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can together be described as obstructive lung disease. This report examines recent data on deaths and hospitalisations among people aged 55 years and over when asthma or COPD are recorded as one of multiple causes of death or hospital diagnoses. The aim is to describe the extent of obstructive lung disease among older Australians, to assess the possibility of misclassification between asthma and COPD and to investigate the association between these diseases and other conditions.

Rural, regional and remote health: mortality trends 1992-2003

This report compares changes in mortality in Australia's major cities, regional and remote areas in the period 1992-2003. Trends for Australia's broad geographic regions are compared for a range of specific causes of death including coronary heart disease, lung cancer, cervical cancer, asthma, suicide, motor vehicle traffic accidents, diabetes and many others.

General practice activity in Australia 2004-05

This publication is the 18th in the General Practice Series produced by the Australian General Practice Statistics and Classification Centre, a Collaborating Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the University of Sydney. It reports the results of the seventh year of the BEACH program, April 2004 to March 2005. Data reported by 953 general practitioners on 95,300 GP-patient encounters are used to describe aspects of general practice in Australia: the general practitioners and their patients; the problems managed and the treatments provided. Information is also reported on body weight to height ratio, smoking status and alcohol use of a subsample of patients. Changes that have occurred since 1998-99 are investigated. Aspects of the management of psychological problems, asthma, arthritis, lipid disorders and injuries are examined in greater detail. Data for each of the last five years of BEACH are summarised in the appendices to this report.

Selected chronic diseases among Australia's children

This bulletin presents information on the incidence, prevalence and trends for three of the major chronic diseases among children-asthma, diabetes and cancer. In addition, information about problems managed by general practitioners is presented, as well as a summary of hospitalisations and deaths for a wider range of childhood chronic diseases including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and cystic fibrosis.

Chronic respiratory diseases in Australia: their prevalence, consequences and prevention

Chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and emphysema, are very prevalent in Australia. They disrupt the daily life and productivity of many individuals and lead to thousands of deaths each year. Many of these diseases are largely preventable and manageable. This report brings together data from a variety of sources to highlight the prevalence and impact of chronic respiratory diseases in Australia. The information included in this report will be relevant to policy makers, the broader community and anyone with an interest in the respiratory diseases.

Asthma in Australia 2005

Asthma is an important health problem in Australia. This report brings together data from a wide range of sources to describe the current status of Asthma in Australia. It includes information on the number of people who have asthma, who receive various treatments for asthma, who have written asthma action plans, and who visit their GP, are hospitalised or die due to asthma. Health care expenditure for asthma is also discussed. In addition, a chapter has been included in this report that focuses on asthma in Australian children.

Health care expenditure and the burden of disease due to asthma in Australia

This report provides a summary of two aspects of the economic impact of asthma in Australia: health care expenditure on asthma and burden of disease attributable to asthma-related disability and premature mortality. The information contained in this report will help guide the formation of health policy in relation to asthma.

Enhancing asthma-related information for population monitoring: asthma data development plan 2005

Targeting and evaluating interventions to improve asthma outcomes, a National Health Priority Area, requires good quality and timely data. The Australian System for Monitoring Asthma, in consultation with various stakeholders, has developed a systemic plan to improve the quality of existing data. In addition to developing time-series, the plan allows for national data development to catch up for indicators that are not able to be monitored currently.

Measuring the impact of asthma on quality of life in the Australian population

This report provides a comprehensive review of approaches to measuring the impact of asthma on quality of life that can be used in population-based monitoring. It is concluded that no single measure can be used in all circumstances. Rather, selection from the range of alternative measures should be based on the specific monitoring task and the attributes that are most relevant to that task. This report is intended for use by policy makers, data agencies and researchers involved in measuring population health. While the main focus is on population monitoring in relation to asthma, the findings will be of interest to those whose focus is on other chronic diseases.

Injury risk factors, attitudes and awareness, a submission to the CATI-TRG

Computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) is a methodology increasingly utilised in the public health arena both in Australia and internationally. The CATI Technical Reference Group, in collaboration with other key organisations, is currently developing a national pool of question modules addressing a wide range of public health topics. These surveillance system modules include such topics as asthma, diabetes, physical activity, and nutrition. This paper contributes to the development of a module addressing injury.

Review of proposed National Health Priority Area asthma indicators and data sources

This report provides a background to defining and measuring National Health Priority Area (NHPA) indicators for asthma. The issues surrounding the selection, operational definition and measurement of indicators for asthma are presented. The report incorporates the view of stakeholders who were consulted in the development process through workshops around Australia.

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