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released: 25 Feb 2011 author: AIHW media release

Since the first public health expenditure report in 1999-00, expenditure on public health activities by health departments has grown, in real terms, by 88%. Total expenditure on public health activities in Australia in 2008–09 was $2,300.2 million. This was an increase of $120.5 million, or 5.5%, on what was spent in 2007–08, raising the 2008–09 per person expenditure to $106. After adjusting for the effects of inflation, there was a real increase in per person expenditure of 2.2% from 2007–08 to 2008–09, continuing the growth in total public health expenditure which has averaged 7.3% per year since 1999–00.

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-125-7; Cat. no. HWE 52; 32pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents 

    • Preliminary material
      • Contents
      • Acknowledgments
      • Summary
        • Total expenditure continues to increase
        • Priorities continue to evolve
    • Body section
      1. Introduction
        • 1.1 What is public health?
        • 1.2 Public health funding and expenditure
        • 1.3 Technical notes
          • Indirect expenditures included in the estimates
          • Net funding by states and territories
          • Current prices and constant prices
      2. Government funding of public health activities
        • 2.1 Specific Purpose Payments to state and territory governments
      3. Government expenditure on public health activities
        • 3.1 Public health expenditure per person
        • 3.2 Public health expenditure per person in each state and territory
        • 3.3 Public health expenditure as a proportion of total recurrent health expenditure
      4. Growth in expenditure on public health activities
    • End matter
      • Appendix: Technical notes
        • Data revisions
        • Definition of public health activities
        • Jurisdictions' technical notes
          • Role of local government authorities within each jurisdiction
        • Method for allocating direct expenditure by the Australian Government to states and territories
        • Developments in public health expenditure data
        • Deflators
      • References
      • List of tables
      • List of figures
      • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Public health expenditure in Australia, 2008-09. Health and welfare expenditure. Cat. no. HWE 52. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 June 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418329>.

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