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released: 13 Sep 2016 author: AIHW media release

Australia’s health 2016—in brief presents highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 15th biennial report on the nation’s health, Australia’s health 2016.

ISBN 978-1-74249-935-2; Cat. no. AUS 201; 50pp.; $15

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Publication table of contents

  • Title and verso pages
  • Contents
  • About Australia's health 2016—in brief
  • Australia as 100 people
  • Australia's health as 100 people
  • 1. Are we a healthy nation?
    • We are feeling good
    • And living longer than ever before
    • For the first time, cancer is our biggest overall killer
    • ...and also accounts for the biggest burden
    • Burden of disease changes throughout life
    • Many of us have a chronic disease
  • 2. Doing well, but could do better
    • Death rates continue to fall
    • Cancer is increasing, but so is survival
    • Heart disease deaths are down, but still our leading single cause of death
    • Nearly half of us will experience a mental disorder
    • 1 in 7 people will have suicidal thoughts
    • More than 1 million Australians have diabetes
    • We are putting ourselves at risk
    • But are we changing?
    • Saying 'no' to alcohol and tobacco
    • Little movement on exercise, weight and diet
  • 3. Health is not the same for everyone
    • Many factors affect health during pregnancy
    • Not all babies have the same start
    • Mixed news for children
    • ...and for teenagers and young adults
    • Very old Australians in good health or better
    • Socioeconomic disadvantage associated with poorer health
    • Progress in Indigenous health, but still room to improve
    • Indigenous Australians have higher prevalence of risk factors
    • Health declines with distance
    • Disability adds to health inequality
  • 4. What services do we use?
    • An average day in health care
    • It all begins with primary health care
    • Indigenous-specific primary health care services help improve access to care
    • Roles of public and private hospitals differ
    • How long are we waiting?
    • Something to smile about
    • Alcohol and cannabis top reasons for seeking treatment
    • A variety of services for mental health
    • End-of-life care mostly provided outside the home
    • Growth in expenditure relatively low
    • Hospitals spending highest for cardiovascular disease
    • Nurses and midwives are largest group in the health workforce
  • There is more to learn
  • Australia's health—then and now

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Australia's health 2016—in brief. Australia's health no. 15. Cat. no. AUS 201. Canberra: AIHW.

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