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Diabetes and poor mental health and wellbeing: an exploratory analysis

Diabetes and poor mental health and wellbeing are both common health conditions in Australia and contribute substantially to the overall burden of disease.  A large proportion of people with diabetes are also living with poor mental health and wellbeing, with 41.6% of adult Australians with diabetes also reporting medium, high or very high levels of psychological distress. Australians with diabetes are significantly more likely than other Australians to have poor mental health and wellbeing.

Prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children, 2008

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, life-long disease which causes a major health, social and economic burden for individuals with the disease, their families and the community. Prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children, 2008 presents for the first time estimates of the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in children aged 0-14 years in 2008, based on Australia's National Diabetes Register data.In 2008, it is estimated that over 5,700 children aged 0-14 years had Type 1 diabetes in Australia. The prevalence rate increased with age and varied by state and territory. Assuming that new cases of Type 1 diabetes in 0-14 year old children continue increasing at the rate observed between 2000 and 2008, it is estimated that the prevalence rate will increase by 10% between 2008 and 2013.

Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians

Chronic diseases are major contributors to the mortality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.  About 80% of the mortality gap for people aged 35 to 74 years is due to chronic diseases, measured in terms of potential years of life lost. The major contributors are heart diseases, diabetes, liver diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular diseases and cancer.

Diabetes in pregnancy: its impact on Australian women and their babies

Diabetes is known to adversely affect women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and delivery. These adverse effects differ by type of diabetes and between population groups. This report is the first to explore these differences among Australian mothers and their babies at a national level, showing that: diabetes affects about 1 in 20 pregnancies; mothers with pre-existing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and their babies, are at highest risk of adverse effects; mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus, and their babies, are also at increased risk; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies are more likely to experience adverse effects than non-Indigenous mothers and their babies. This report is a useful resource for policymakers, researchers, clinicians and others interested in the effect of diabetes on the health of Australian mothers and their babies.

Incidence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children 2000-2008

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, life-long disease which causes a major health, social and economic burden for individuals with the disease, their families and the community. There were over 8,000 new cases of Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in Australian children between 2000 and 2008, an average of two new cases every day. But, while the rate of new cases increased significantly over the first part of the decade (2000-2004), there has been little change since 2005. Incidence of Type 1 diabetes in Australian children 2000-2008 presents the latest available national data on new cases of Type 1 diabetes for children from Australia's National Diabetes Register.

The health of Australia's prisoners 2009

The health of Australia's prisoners 2009 is the culmination of several years' development of national indicators in relation to prisoner health in Australia. This first national report shows that prisoners in Australia have poor health compared to the general community. A week-long snapshot of prison entrants in Australia during 2009 showed: 25% had a chronic condition (such as asthma, cardiovascular disease or diabetes); 81% were current smokers; 52% consumed alcohol at risky levels; and 71% had used illicit drugs during the previous 12 months; 37% of prison entrants reported having received a mental health diagnosis at some time, 43% had received a head injury resulting in a loss of consciousness, and 31% had been referred to prison mental health services. The report also contains data relating to communicable diseases, educational attainment, deaths in custody, the use of health services and the types of medications used by prisoners.

A snapshot of men's health in regional and remote Australia

Men in rural regions of Australia may face distinct health issues because of their location, work and lifestyle. This report provides a snapshot of some of these issues and compares the illness and mortality of men in rural and urban areas.Overall, men in rural areas are more likely than their urban counterparts to experience chronic health conditions and risk factors. For example, they: are more likely to report daily smoking and risky drinking behaviour; are less likely to possess an adequate level of health literacy; have higher mortality rates from injury, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This report is a useful resource for policymakers, researchers and others interested in emerging men's health policies in Australia.

Prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: targeting risk factors

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) account for around a quarter of the burden of disease in Australia, and just under two-thirds of all deaths. These three diseases often occur together and share risk factors, such as physical inactivity, overweight and obesity, and high blood pressure. This report includes information on the national prevalence of the main risk factors for CVD, CKD and diabetes as well as population initiatives and individual services that aim to prevent or control these risk factors. It shows the prevalence of some risk factors is increasing-notably obesity, which rose from 11% of adults in 1995 to 24% in 2007-08. This is the first report to present a systematic approach to monitor prevention in Australia, providing a baseline for future monitoring.

Diabetes prevalence in Australia: an assessment of national data sources

Diabetes is known to cause substantial morbidity and mortality in Australia, however the number of people with the condition is uncertain. Different estimates of the prevalence of diabetes are regularly reported on. This report compares measures of diabetes prevalence from a number of national data sources across two time-periods to best determine the current prevalence of diabetes in Australia.

Insulin-treated diabetes in Australia 2000-2007

Insulin-treated diabetes in Australia 2000-2007 presents the latest available data from Australia's National Diabetes Register (NDR). This report shows that the incidence of Type 1 and other insulin-treated diabetes in Australia is increasing and people with insulin-treated diabetes have significantly higher death rates than other Australians. The information in this report can be used to understand the changing patterns of insulin-treated diabetes, who the disease affects and where people with insulin-treated diabetes reside.

General practice in Australia, health priorities and policies 1998 to 2008

This report looks extensively at changes in the activities of GPs from 1998 to 2008 in the light of numerous government initiatives and changes in the GP workforce and in the population. It shows that GP activity generally correlates well with health policy initiatives and clinical guidelines, notably with Type 2 diabetes and the control of asthma and high blood cholesterol levels. In some areas, however, there is less evidence of an effect so far. The report also raises some potential concerns about the costs from the continued rapid growth in orders for pathology testing and the overall challenge for the GP workforce in dealing with an ageing population with complex needs. Edited by Britt H and Miller GC.

A picture of Australia's children 2009

This report delivers the latest information on how, as a nation, we are faring according to key indicators of child health, development and wellbeing. Death rates among children have fallen dramatically, and most children are physically active and meet minimum standards for reading and numeracy. But it is not all good news. Rates of severe disability and diabetes are on the rise. Too many children are overweight or obese, or are at risk of homelessness, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fare worse on most key indicators.

An overview of chronic kidney disease in Australia, 2009

This report explains what chronic kidney disease is and describes its extent and patterns in the Australian community. Chronic kidney disease contributed to nearly 10% of all deaths in Australia in 2006 and over 1.1 million hospitalisations in 2006-07. Risk factors for chronic kidney disease are highly prevalent in Australia and the number of Australians at risk is increasing. Indigenous Australians in particular are at high risk.

Gestational diabetes mellitus in Australia, 2005-06

This is the first national report on the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus among Australian women. The report uses data from the National Diabetes Services Scheme and the National Hospital Morbidity Database to determine the number of cases of GDM among Australian women of child-bearing age. Trends in the incidence of the condition over time, changes in insulin treatment status and differences by high-risk groups-including women aged over 30 years, women who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and women born overseas-are also included in the report.

Incidence of Type 1 diabetes in Australia 2000-2006: first results

Type 1 diabetes is a serious, life-long disease which causes a major health, social and economic burden for individuals with the disease, their families and the community. The rate of new cases of Type 1 diabetes in children has been increasing in Australia. This bulletin presents the latest available (up to 2006) national data on new cases of Type 1 diabetes for all ages from Australia's National Diabetes Register.

Diabetes: Australian facts 2008

'Diabetes: Australian facts 2008' is a concise summary of the latest data and trends relating to diabetes in Australia. It is the second report by the National Centre for Monitoring Diabetes to present available data across the spectrum of the disease: its levels in the population, the factors that contribute to it, its major complications and its impact.

General practice activity in Australia 2006-07

This publication is the 21st 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 ninth year of the BEACH program, April 2006 to March 2007. Data reported by 930 general practitioners on 93,000 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. Changes that have occurred over the last nine years of the BEACH study, from 1998-99 to 2006-07 are investigated. In addition, changes in the management of type 2 diabetes and depression from 1998-99 to 2006-07 are considered in light of changes in policy The contribution of practice nurses to the GP-patient encounters in terms of their clinical activities, the problems they assist with and the Medicare items claimed are described in this report. Information on body weight to height ratio, smoking status and alcohol use for a subsample of patients is provided. Abstracts and research tools used in other BEACH substudies from 2006-07 are also included.

National Diabetes Register: statistical profile 1999-2005

Diabetes is one of the leading threats to the health of Australians-it is a large health, social and economic burden for individuals with the disease, their families and the community. 'National Diabetes Register: statistical profile 1999-2005' is the third statistical report of the National Diabetes Register (NDR). The NDR records new cases of insulin-treated diabetes. This report describes the characteristics of registrants, including type of diabetes, age at diagnosis, sex, geographical location, country of birth, Indigenous status, mortality and also provides incidence estimates. This report plays an important role in monitoring the levels and trends of diabetes in Australia and as a resource for researchers, policy makers, health professionals and anyone interested in diabetes in Australia.

National indicators for monitoring diabetes: report of the Diabetes Indicators Review Subcommittee of the National Diabetes Data Working Group

The National Diabetes Data Working Group's Diabetes Indicators Review Sub-Committee, under the direction of the National Diabetes Strategies Group (NDSG), has developed a national set of thirty-three diabetes indicators. Of these indicators, eleven have been selected as the highest priority and endorsed by the NDSG. This report describes the process undertaken by the Sub-Committee in developing and prioritising the full set of indicators, and provides operational definitions for the recommended set of eleven indicators. The indicators address the NDSG's priorities for diabetes information including the prevention, detection, care and impact of diabetes in Australia.

Comorbidity of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease in Australia

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease are three common and serious illnesses in Australia. These three diseases have shared common risk factors, and often occur together. The National Centre for Monitoring Cardiovascular Disease and the National Centre for Monitoring Diabetes have collaborated to investigate the association of these diseases and their impact on Australians' health and health systems. This report is the first output of this project, and it focuses on examining the current extent of comorbidity of the conditions from three perspectives: self-reported prevalence, hospitalisation and deaths.

National Diabetes Register: impact of changed consent arrangements on ascertainment from the National Diabetes Services Scheme

This report describes improvements to case ascertainment for the National Diabetes Register (NDR). The NDR is a register of people living in Australia with insulin-treated diabetes. The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is one of the NDR's main data sources. Recent changes to the NDSS registration form have increased the notification of new cases to the NDR. This information paper describes the phasing-in of the new NDSS registration form and the resulting improvement in ascertainment for the NDR. It also provides information to help users of NDR data to understand the effects of the changed ascertainment so that the data can be appropriately used and interpreted, particularly for comparisons over time. It is therefore a valuable resource for researchers interested in using the NDR.

Chronic diseases and associated risk factors in Australia, 2006

'Chronic diseases and associated risk factors in Australia 2006' presents updated statistics on chronic diseases and their associated risk factors in Australia. Chronic diseases are conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis (to name a few), that tend to be long-lasting and persistent in their symptoms or development. More than 15 million Australians are directly affected by at least one chronic disease. This report builds on the AIHW's 2001 report, and focuses on patterns of disease across the age groups, the prevalence of risk factors and their trends, the effects of chronic diseases on health services in Australia, and the differences in chronic diseases and their risk factors across geographical areas, socioeconomic status and Indigenous status. This report is a vital resource for policy makers, researchers and others interested in chronic diseases and their associated risk factors.

Diabetes hospitalisations in Australia, 2003-04

Diabetes has been estimated to affect around one million Australians and isreportedly increasing in prevalence. Australian hospitals data help to give anindication of the impact of diabetes on health service use. This report presentsinformation on Australian hospital statistics for people with diabetes; trends arepresented for 1996-97 to 1998-99 and for 2000-01 to 2003-04, and data for2003-04 are examined for a number of key characteristics.

Use of medicines by Australians with diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) condition that can have a major impact on life expectancy and quality of life, especially if undetected or poorly controlled. It is estimated that in 1999-2000 around 1 million Australians (7.4% of the population) had diabetes. This bulletin investigates medicines used in the control of blood glucose levels ('antidiabetic medicines') as well as those used for related reasons such as the prevention or control of common diabetes complications.

Hospitalised basketball and netball injuries

Exercise is important for minimising risk of conditions including cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, mental health disorders and premature death. It is not uncommon for participants to be injured but most injuries are not severe. A study of sport- and exercise-related injury in the Latrobe Valley found one hospital admission for every 10 emergency admissions and 12 general practice consultations. Hospitalised injuries tend to be more severe and costly than other injuries. Hence, while hospitalised sports injuries are small as a proportion of all sport injuries, they warrant attention.

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