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released: 3 Dec 2008 author: Templeton M & Pieris-Caldwell I media release

This is the first national report on the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus among Australian women. The report uses data from the National Diabetes Services Scheme and the National Hospital Morbidity Database to determine the number of cases of GDM among Australian women of child-bearing age. Trends in the incidence of the condition over time, changes in insulin treatment status and differences by high-risk groups-including women aged over 30 years, women who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and women born overseas-are also included in the report.

ISSN 1444-8033; ISBN 978 1 74024 859 4; Cat. no. CVD 44; 49pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary  
  • Body Sections
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Purpose and structure of this report
      • 1.2 What is gestational diabetes mellitus?
      • 1.3 Data sources
      • 1.4 Selection of data for this study
    2. How many women in Australia develop GDM?
      • 2.1 Age distribution
      • 2.2 Management of GDM
      • 2.3 Trend
    3. GDM among population groups
      • 3.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
      • 3.2 Women born overseas
    4. Discussion and conclusions
      • 4.1 All Australian women
      • 4.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
      • 4.3 Women born overseas
      • 4.4 Other women at risk of GDM
      • 4.5 Data issues
      • 4.6 Future work
      • 4.7 Conclusions
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Methods
      2. Supplementary tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Notes and corrections

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Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (24 November 2008)A correction has been made to the text in 'Trend', Section 2.3, page 12, shown in bold below.
    • 'The age-standardised incidence rate of confinements with GDM among women aged 15-49 years increased by 22% over 6 years: from 3.6 per 100 confinements in 2000-01 to 4.4 per 100 confinements in 2005-06 (Figure 2.1, Table A2.1).'
    Corrections have also been made to the format of Figure 2.1, page 13, Figure 3.1, page 17 and Figure 3.2, page 18. The data remains unchanged. These figures have been reprinted to allow for easier reference against the y-axis.  

Recommended citation

Templeton M & Pieris-Caldwell I 2008. Gestational diabetes mellitus in Australia, 2005-06. Cat. no. CVD 44. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 May 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468189>.

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