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International health data comparisons, 2018 

Comparing health and health care data between countries facilitates international comparative reporting, supports policy planning and decision-making, and enables health-related research and analysis.

The interactive data visualisations across these web pages allow you to compare the most recent data from 36 Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) member countries across a range of health and health care indicators, with a focus on Australia’s international performance.

The health of Australia’s females 

Australia's 12 million females (in 2016) experience varying health outcomes across population characteristics like Indigenous status, remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage and age. Females also experience different health outcomes than males.

For the accompanying report on male health see The health of Australia’s males

The health of Australia’s males 

Australia's 12 million males (in 2016) experience varying health outcomes across population characteristics like Indigenous status, remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage and age. Males also experience different, and often poorer, health outcomes than females.

For the accompanying report on female health see The health of Australia’s females

Hospitalised assault injuries among women and girls 

This fact sheet examines cases of hospitalised assault against women in 2013–14. Rates of assault among women were highest for those aged between 15–19 and 50–54. Over half (59%) of all these women were assaulted by bodily force, and for assaults by bodily force and involving sharp and blunt objects, the majority of injuries were to the head and neck (63%). Where information about the perpetrator was available, a spouse or domestic partner was the most commonly reported perpetrator (in 59% of cases).

The health of Australia's males: from birth to young adulthood (0-24 years) 

This report is the third in a series on the health of Australia's males, and focuses on health conditions and risk factors that are age-specific (such as congenital anomalies) and those where large sex differences are observed (such as injury). Findings include: - Male babies born in 2009-2011 can expect to live to the age of 79.7, nearly 5 years less than female babies born the same year (84.2). - While males aged 0-24 are more likely to be hospitalised or die from injury than females of the same age, they are similarly likely to be overweight or obese and less likely to smoke tobacco daily.

The health of Australia's males: 25 years and over 

This report is the fourth in a series on the health of Australia's males. It continues and completes the life course by focusing on males aged 25 and over. Findings include: -Males aged 25 and over in 2011 can expect, on average, to live to 80 or over. -One in 10 males aged 50-59 (11%) and 60-69 (10%) are, on a daily basis, at risk of injury resulting from excessive alcohol Employed -males are less likely to rate their health as fair or poor (11%) compared with unemployed males (37%) and males not in the labour force (41%).

Girls and young women in the juvenile justice system 

In 2010-11, there were 1,190 young women under juvenile justice supervision in Australia on an average day and 2,620 during the year. Most (93%) young women were supervised in the community, with the remainder in detention. Young women spent around 2 weeks less than young men under supervision, on average, during 2010-11 (171 days compared with 186), which was mainly due to less time spent in detention (31 days compared with 68). Young women were much less likely than their male counterparts to be involved in all elements of the juvenile justice system.

The health of Australia's males: a focus on five population groups 

This report is the second in a series on the health of Australia's males. It examines the distinct health profiles of five population groups, characterised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage, region of birth, and age. Findings include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males generally experience poorer health than the overall population, with higher rates of chronic diseases such as lung cancer, diabetes and kidney disease; Socioeconomic disadvantage is frequently related to poorer health status among males, with rates of rates of obesity and tobacco smoking higher among males from more disadvantaged areas.

The health of Australia's males 

Drawing on a wide range of data sources, this report provides a snapshot of the health of Australia's males. Examples of the report's detailed findings include: males born between 2007–2009 can expect to live 24 years longer than males born between 1901–1910; around two-thirds of adult males and one-quarter of boys are overweight or obese; nearly half have ever had a mental health condition; nearly one-quarter have a disability and nearly one-third have a chronic health condition; 16% of males do not use any Medicare services in a year.

Women and heart disease: summary 

Cardiovascular disease is Australia's biggest killer. This report provides a summary of cardiovascular disease and its impact on the health of Australian women. Women and heart disease: summary presents the key findings of its companion report, Women and heart disease: cardiovascular profile of women in Australia and looks at prevalence, deaths, disability, hospitalisations, medical services, treatments, risk factors and health care expenditure, as well as comparisons with other important diseases among women.

Women and heart disease: cardiovascular profile of women in Australia 

Cardiovascular disease is Australia's biggest killer. This report focuses on its impact on the health of Australian women - a group who may not be aware of how significant a threat this disease is to them. The report presents the latest data on prevalence, deaths, disability, hospitalisations, services, treatments, risk factors and expenditure, as well as comparisons to other important diseases among women. This report is a useful resource for policy makers, researchers, health professionals and anyone interested in cardiovascular disease in Australian women.

A snapshot of men's health in regional and remote Australia 

Men in rural regions of Australia may face distinct health issues because of their location, work and lifestyle. This report provides a snapshot of some of these issues and compares the illness and mortality of men in rural and urban areas.Overall, men in rural areas are more likely than their urban counterparts to experience chronic health conditions and risk factors. For example, they: are more likely to report daily smoking and risky drinking behaviour; are less likely to possess an adequate level of health literacy; have higher mortality rates from injury, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This report is a useful resource for policymakers, researchers and others interested in emerging men's health policies in Australia.

Risk of invasive breast cancer in women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in Australia between 1995 and 2005 

This report presents data that show that women who are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are at significantly increased risk of being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer later on in their lives, even though the DCIS would have been treated appropriately at the time. Thus these women warrant close medical surveillance in order to detect and treat any invasive breast cancers that may arise.

Female SAAP clients and children escaping domestic and family violence 2003-04 

Domestic violence affects the physical, emotional, social and economic wellbeing of individuals and families. Domestic violence is also a major factor contributing to homelessness in Australia, particularly for women. In 2003-04, it is estimated that 33% (32,700) of the 100,200 clients accessing the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP), the major government response to homelessness in Australia, were women escaping domestic violence. In addition, 66% (34,700) of the 52,700 accompanying children in SAAP were children who accompanied a female parent or guardian escaping domestic violence.

Australian health inequalities 2: trends in male mortality by broad occupational group 

Although the overall health status of Australians compares favourably with other developed countries, health status within the Australia population varies between different population groups. Illness and death have been shown to occur at higher rates among socioeconomically disadvantaged people, such as those with lower incomes or lower education, or who are unemployed. Health may also vary according to sex region of residence or country of birth.This bulletin examines and compares long-term mortality trends among Australian males in two broad occupational groups that reflect socioeconomic status, namely 'manual' and 'non-manual' workers.

Mortality study 2003: Australian veterans of the Korean War 

This study investigates mortality rates, both generally and for specific causes of death, among Australian male veterans of the Korean War from their last day of service in Korea to 31 December 2000, and compared these with the corresponding rates for general Australian male population of the same age.

Breast cancer in Australian women 1982-1996 

Provides the latest national information about breast cancer in Australian women and updates the information provided in Breast Cancer in Australian Women 1921-1994. The report presents a series of graphs and tables detailing the numbers of new cases of, and deaths due to, breast cancer, the changing patterns of incidence and mortality over time, and variations between States and Territories and urban and rural areas. It is part of the AIHW's Cancer Series and was commissioned by the National Health and Medical Research Council's National Breast Cancer Centre.

Breast cancer survival in Australian women 1982-1994 

Presents national information about the improved survival of Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer. The report includes relative survival estimates by age at diagnosis, year and period of diagnosis, State or Territory of usual residence, and urban and rural areas. Breast cancer survival in Australian women 1992-1994 was commissioned by the national Health and Medical Research Council's National Breast Cancer Centre. It is an important reference for all those interested in the health of Australians.

Breast cancer in Australian women 1921-1994 

This report presents a series of graphs and statistical information which detail the numbers of cases of an death due to breast cancer, the changing patterns of incidence and mortality rates over time, variations between States and Territories, and the risks to selected population groups.