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released: 25 Mar 2010 author: AIHW media release

This report builds on the previous AIHW report Chronic disease and participation in work by showing the association between risk factors and participation in work. In 2004-05, nearly all (96%) working-age people in Australia reported one health risk factor, and three-quarters reported more than one. People who reported three or more risk factors were significantly more likely to not participate in the labour force compared with those who reported no risk factors. Absentee rates for people who reported a risk factor and a chronic disease were significantly higher compared with people reporting no risk factors and no chronic disease. This report is a further reminder of the importance of reducing risk factor prevalence to lessen the impact of future chronic disease among working-age people.

ISBN 978-1-74249-005-2; Cat. no. PHE 122; 48pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
      • Key findings
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • Related research
      • Objective
      • Methodology
    2. Scope, definitions and data limitations
      • Scope
      • Definitions
      • Data limitations
    3. Overview of risk factor status and labour force status
      • Risk factor status
      • Multiple risk factors
      • Labour force status
      • Risk factors and employment status
      • Risk factors and occupation
    4. Risk factors and chronic disease
      • Chronic disease status
      • Combination of risk factor and chronic disease status
    5. Risk factors and labour force status
      • The association between risk factors and labour force participation
      • The association between multiple risk factors and labour force participation
      • The association between risk factors, chronic disease and labour force participation
    6. Risk factors and absenteeism
      • The association between risk factors and absenteeism
      • The association between multiple risk factors and absenteeism
      • The association between risk factors, chronic disease and absenteeism
    7. Loss of workforce capacity
    8. Discussion
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Data and methods
        • Data sources
        • Statistical methods
      • Appendix 2: Detailed statistical tables
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2010. Risk factors and participation in work. Cat. no. PHE 122. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 June 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468339>.

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