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released: 24 Jun 2008 author: AIHW media release

Australia's health 2008 is the 11th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It's the nation's premier source of statistics and informed commentary on: - patterns and determinants of health and illness- health across the life stages- the supply and use of health services- expenditure and workforce- and health sector performance.If you're interested in health, this is THE essential reference for your bookshelf.

ISSN 1032-6138; ISBN 978 1 74024 762 7; Cat. no. AUS 99; 624pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents, and part PDFs and RTFs

  • Preliminary material (604KB PDF; 122KB RTF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • Key points-Australia's health 2008  
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (484KB PDF; 124KB RTF)
      1. Understanding health
      2. Australia at a glance
      3. Australia compares well
      4. Improving health and measuring performance
      5. The Australian health system: an outline
      6. National health information
      7. How this report is presented
    1. The health of Australians-an overview (472KB PDF; 1.3MB RTF)
      • Key points
      1. Australia's changing population
      2. Self-assessment of health
      3. Long-term conditions
      4. Functioning and disability
      5. Causes of death
      6. Burden of disease
    2. Whose health? How population groups vary (431KB PDF; 745KB RTF)
      • Key points
      1. Socioeconomically disadvantaged people
      2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
      3. People in rural and remote areas
      4. Prisoners
      5. Overseas-born people
      6. Australian Defence Force members and veterans
    3. Determinants: keys to prevention (500KB PDF; 982KB RTF)
      • Key points
      1. What are health determinants?
      2. Environmental factors
      3. Socioeconomic characteristics
      4. Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs
      5. Health behaviours
      6. Biomedical factors
    4. Diseases and injury (585KB PDF; 1.5MB RTF)
      • Key points
      1. Cancer
      2. Cardiovascular disease
      3. Diabetes
      4. Chronic kidney disease
      5. Chronic respiratory diseases
      6. Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
      7. Dementia
      8. Mental health problems and illnesses
      9. Oral health problems
      10. Injury
      11. Infectious diseases
    5. Health across the life stages (421KB PDF; 912KB RTF)
      • Key points
      1. How does health status vary with age?
      2. Mothers and babies
      3. Children and young people
      4. People aged 25-64 years
      5. Older people
    6. Health services (582KB PDF; 1.9MB RTF)
      • Key points
      1. Public health services
      2. Primary care and community health services
      3. Hospitals
      4. Specialised health services
      5. Use of medicines
      6. Medical indemnity claims
    7. Expenditure and workforce (501KB PDF; 2MB RTF)
      • Key points
      1. Health expenditure and health funding
      2. Health workforce
    8. Health system performance (345KB PDF; 619KB RTF)
      1. The National Health Performance Framework and indicators
      2. Overview of indicators by tier
      3. Conclusion
  • End matter (631KB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Australia's health 2008. Cat. no. AUS 99. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 18 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468102>.