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released: 13 Oct 2009 author: AIHW

Diabetes is known to cause substantial morbidity and mortality in Australia, however the number of people with the condition is uncertain. Different estimates of the prevalence of diabetes are regularly reported on. This report compares measures of diabetes prevalence from a number of national data sources across two time-periods to best determine the current prevalence of diabetes in Australia.

ISSN 1444-8033; ISBN 978 1 74024 962 1; Cat. no. CVD 46; 41pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary  
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • Purpose of this study
      • Structure of this report
      • Diabetes in Australia
      • Estimating diabetes prevalence
    2. Characteristics of available data sources
      • The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study
      • National Health Survey
      • National Diabetes Services Scheme database
      • Medicare Benefits Schedule database
      • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme database
      • Chapter summary
    3. Diagnosed diabetes prevalence: a comparison of the NHS and NDSS
      • The preferred data sources
      • Diagnosed diabetes prevalence, 2001
      • Diagnosed diabetes prevalence, 2004-05
    4. Discussion
      • What are the preferred sources of diagnosed diabetes prevalence data?
      • How can the preferred estimates of diagnosed diabetes prevalence be improved?
      • Conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendix: Supplementary tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Notes and corrections

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

  1. Diabetes series corrected from 14 to 12. (19 April 2010)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Diabetes prevalence in Australia: an assessment of national data sources. Cat. no. CVD 46. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468288>.