For the most up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the Department of Health website. Learn more about how the AIHW is assisting the COVID-19 response and how our other work is affected. Our Covid-19 related resources page includes a list of some existing resources which may be useful when researching issues related to COVID-19.
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.
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.
The browser you are using to browse this website is outdated and some features may not display properly or be accessible to you. Please use a more recent browser for the best user experience.