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Turning thirty is often a time for reflection; a time when we perhaps pause to consider certain decisions of our youth, or contemplate our futures. At thirty, we are likely to have more responsibilities and bigger goals, and are (hopefully) wiser for our experience.
The Institute’s 30th birthday evokes similar reflections.
We first opened our doors as the Australian Institute of Health in 1987, with a staff of 68, and produced the first Australia’s health biennial report the following year. Since then, many momentous events and passionate people have helped us become what we are today and perhaps, more importantly, have helped pave the way for our future.
In 1992, our Act was amended to expand our data scope and we became the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), to establish us as the authority on key health and welfare information and data in Australia. This change added the Australia’s Welfare biennial report to our flagship roster.
Over the next 10 years, our staff grew to meet the challenges of producing an ever expanding range of reports. From managing the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, developing the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set, and a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare bulletins, through to reports on burden of disease, population health, and youth justice, we have seen how these have aided policy decisions in improving the health and wellbeing of our nation.
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