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released: 16 Sep 2002 author: AIHW

Chronic diseases and their associated risk factors pose significant challenges for health planners and policy makers in Australia. One of these is the task of establishing a system for their regular surveillance and monitoring. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing co-hosted a workshop in November 2001 to examine the issues and priorities in setting up such a system. Among the issues discussed were frameworks for surveillance and monitoring, data requirements, and linkage of this information to public health interventions and policy development. The main priorities addressed were biomedical risk factors and markers, behavioural risks factors and other psychosocial variables, and the utilisation and harmonisation of various types of data. This report provides an account of the workshop, its deliberations and outcomes.

ISBN 978 1 74024 204 2; Cat. no. PHE 39; 55pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (96K PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (37K PDF)
    2. Aims and objectives of the workshop (36K PDF)
    3. Organisation of the workshop (49K PDF)
    4. Outcomes (55K PDF)
    5. Background presentations (926K PDF)
      • Plenary 1: Surveillance and monitoring of chronic diseases and associated risk factors
      • Plenary 2: Surveillance and monitoring of chronic diseases: State/Territory perspectives
      • Plenary 3: Surveillance and monitoring of chronic diseases: other perspectives
      • Plenary 4: Measurement issues in the surveillance and monitoring of chronic diseases
    6. Small group workshops (60K PDF)
      • An information framework for the surveillance and monitoring of chronic diseases
      • Regional and local area issues versus national monitoring
      • Linking chronic diseases surveillance and monitoring to public health interventions and policy development
      • Biomedical risk factors and markers
      • Behavioural risk factors and other psychosocial variables
      • Utilisation and harmonisation of various types of data
    7. Summation (71K PDF)
      • Commonwealth perspective
      • State and NPHIWG perspective
      • Overall perspective
      • Closing
  • End matter
    • Attachments (206K PDF)
      1. Attachment A: Workshop program
      2. Attachment B: List of participants
      3. Attachment C: Background papers for small group workshops
        • Workshop 1: An information framework for surveillance and monitoring of chronic diseases
        • Workshop 2: Regional and local area issues versus national monitoring
        • Workshop 3: Linking chronic diseases surveillance and monitoring to public health interventions and policy development
        • Workshop 4: Biomedical risk factors and markers
        • Workshop 5: Behavioural risk factors and other psychosocial variables
        • Workshop 6: Utilisation and harmonisation of various types of data

Recommended citation

AIHW 2002. Issues and priorities in the surveillance and monitoring of chronic diseases in Australia: report of a workshop held 8-9 November 2001, Canberra. Cat. no. PHE 39. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 31 August 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467370>.

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