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Cancer incidence projections, Australia 2011 to 2020

This report presents detailed projections of cancer incidence in Australia for 2011 to 2020. These projections are based on trends in national cancer incidence data from 1982 to 2007. It shows the number of cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia each year is projected to rise over the next decade for both males and females, and is expected to reach about 150,000 in 2020, with prostate and breast cancer continuing to be the most common cancers diagnosed in men and women respectively.

Published 9 March 2012.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report: phase 2, July 2008- June 2011

This report presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for Australians invited to take part between July 2008 and June 2011. Just over 800,000 people were screened in that time, with about 60,000 found to require further assessment. One out of every 11 colonoscopies performed for further assessment detected and removed an advanced adenoma (pre-cancerous lesion), and a cancer was detected in 1 out of every 33 colonoscopies.

Published 2 March 2012.

Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007

This report investigates the prevalence of mental illness in association with common chronic diseases and shows that in 2007: 12% of Australians aged 16-85 had a mental disorder and a physical condition at the same time; the most common comorbidity was anxiety disorder combined with a physical condition, affecting around 1.4 million (9%) Australian adults; and people living in the most disadvantaged areas of Australia were 65% more likely to have comorbidity than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.

Published 10 February 2012.

Juvenile detention population in Australia 2011

On an average day, around 1,000 young people are detained throughout Australia. This report provides information on the demographics and legal status of those in detention and explores recent trends.

Published 9 February 2012.

Dental health behaviours among children 2002–2004: the use of fluoride toothpaste, fluoride tablets and drops, and fluoride mouthrinse

This report from a study of almost 17,500 children from four Australian states (Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania) shows that more than 99% of children brushed their teeth with toothpaste, with more than two-thirds brushing the recommended 2 times per day. About 10% of children had used fluoride tablets or drops, and the majority used them for less than 3 years. The use of a fluoride mouthrinse was more common among older children.

Published 2 February 2012.

Child protection Australia 2010-11

This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system.

Key findings include:

  • since 2009-10, the number of children subject to a notification decreased by 13% from 187,314 to 163,767;
  • since 2006-07, the number of children subject to a substantiation of a notification has decreased by 7% from 34,028 to 31,527 (6.9 to 6.1 per 1,000 children);
  • the number of children in out-of-home care has increased by 5% from 35,895 in 2010 to 37,648 in 2011.

Published 20 January 2012.

Monitoring acute coronary syndrome using national hospital data: An information paper on trends and issues

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) refers to the spectrum of acute coronary artery diseases spanning acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and unstable angina (UA). They are sudden, severe and life-threatening events.

This report reviews the current algorithm for monitoring the incidence of ACS in Australia, presenting a detailed analysis of hospitalisations for AMI and UA.  It also presents a range of alternative algorithms for the estimation of ACS incidence. Further work is required to validate these algorithms.

Published 22 December 2011.

Australia's mothers and babies 2009

In 2009, 294,540 women gave birth to 299,220 babies in Australia. The increase in births continued, with 2,295 more births (0.8%) than reported in 2008. The average age of women who gave birth in Australia has increased gradually in recent years, from 29.0 years in 2000 to 30.0 years in 2009.

Published 21 December 2011.

2010 Australian national infant feeding survey: indicator results

The 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey is the first specialised national survey of infant feeding practices in Australia. The survey also collected information on attitudes towards, and enablers for and barriers against breastfeeding.

This report provides baseline data on key infant feeding indicators, including:

  • most babies (96%) were initially breastfed, but only 39% were exclusively breastfed for less than 4 months, and 15% for less than 6 months;
  • overall 35% of infants were introduced to solid foods by 4 months of age and 92% by the recommended age of 6 months

Published 20 December 2011.

Neural tube defects in Australia: prevalence before mandatory folic acid fortification

This report describes the prevalence and trends of neural tube defects (NTD) in Australia during the past decade. The best estimated prevalence of NTD among pregnancies is presented based on the information from states that collect near complete data on NTD. Characteristics and outcomes of the births and pregnancy characteristics of mothers are presented for the period 1998-2008. The purpose of compiling this national report is to provide baseline prevalence of NTD, before implementation of mandatory folic acid fortification of bread flour in September 2009.

Published 19 December 2011.

Projections of the incidence of treated end-stage kidney disease among Indigenous Australians, 2009–2020: a working paper with preliminary results

The focus of this working paper is the incidence (number of new cases) of end-stage kidney disease treated with dialysis or transplant (hereafter referred to as treated ESKD), as these treatments are extremely resource intensive. Further, reliable data on the incidence and prevalence of treated ESKD are available from the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (ANZDATA), which compiles data from all renal units in Australia.

Published 16 December 2011.