Incorporating the AIHW National Injury Surveillance Unit
Items of interest from around the world.
New report: A snapshot of mens health in regional and remote Australia - 13 Oct 2010
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.
New report: The National Drowning Report 2010 - 13 Oct 2010
The number of people drowning in Australia has increased for the second year in a row, reminding us that we all have a part to play in preventing drowning. There were 314 deaths in Australian waterways between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010.
New report: Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2007 - 19 Jun 2007
This is the third national statistical report on young people in Australia. Using a set of key indicators of health and wellbeing of young people, this report brings together the most up-to-date national data on the health status of young Australians aged 12-24 years and the factors influencing their health. Information on health status includes self-assessed health status, disability, injury, mental health, chronic disease, communicable diseases, hospitalisations and mortality. Factors influencing health addressed in this report include family and community environments, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors including education, employment and income and health behaviours such as weight, physical activity, nutrition and substance use. This report also includes a special section on the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Timely, comprehensive and accurate information on these factors will enable the formulation of appropriate and effective policies and interventions to achieve long term health and wellbeing for young people. Authored by AIHW. The report can be downloaded from click here.
New report: The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003 - 19 Jun 2007
This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the health status of Australians. The report measures mortality, disability, impairment, illness and injury arising from 176 diseases, injuries and risk factors using a common metric, the disability-adjusted life year or DALY, and methods developed by the Global Burden of Disease Study. Burden of disease analysis gives a unique perspective on health. Fatal and non-fatal outcomes are integrated, but can be examined separately as well. This report provides detailed estimates of the burden of mortality and disability for each disease and injury category by sex and age. It also assesses the burden attributable to each of 14 major risk factors, and inequalities in the disease burden associated with socioeconomic disadvantage. Authored by Begg S, Vos T, Barker B, Stevenson C, Stanley L, & Lopez A of the AIHW. The report can be downloaded from click here.
New report: Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport, 1999-00 to 2003-04 - 19 Jun 2007
This report looks at the death and serious injury of Indigenous persons in Australia due to transport accidents in the five-year period 1999-00 to 2003-04. It focuses on the four jurisdictions of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland and examines variables such as mode of transport, gender, age group and remoteness from an urban centre. DOTARS Report Number: 50250. Authored by Berry JG, Nearmy M, & Harrison J. The report can be downloaded from click here.
New report: Juvenile arson intervention programs in Australia - 19 Jun 2007
Report by Australian Institute of Criminology. Arson is a crime that is often committed by young people. An important strategy for preventing deliberate firesetting is intervention with young people who show an unhealthy interest in fire. Fire services in all Australian jurisdictions conduct juvenile arson intervention programs for such young people. These programs are usually run by specially trained firefighters, are carried out in the home of the young person with the involvement of the parents, and focus on the young persons behaviour and their family environment. Most programs are offered to children of all ages, and are not limited to those who have been involved in a criminal offence. The approaches that the programs take vary, but all include education about fire and cognitive behavioural approaches to problem behaviours. Most programs maintain strong linkages with mental health and other social services. To date, there has been limited evaluation of the programs, but anecdotal evidence suggests that they are viewed as successful. Formal, independent evaluation of programs should now be undertaken to ensure that they are effective in stopping firelighting behaviour among young people. Report can be downloaded from click here.
New report: An investigation into the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk - 19 Jun 2007
Report by Monash University Accident Research Centre. This study has assessed the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk through the analysis of real crash outcomes described in mass crash data reported to police in two Australian states. A stratified induced exposure study design was employed identifying vehicle to vehicle crashes and crashes involving unprotected road users as those having a risk dependent on vehicle colour whilst exposure was induced from single vehicle crash involvement. Analysis was stratified by vehicle type, light conditions and jurisdiction of crash.
Results of the analysis identified a clear statistically significant relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk. Compared to white vehicles, a number of colours were associated with higher crash risk. These colours are generally those lower on the visibility index and include black, blue, grey, green, red and silver. No colour was statistically significantly safer than white although a number of other colours could not be distinguished from white statistically in terms of relative crash risk. The association between vehicle colour and crash risk was strongest during daylight hours where relative crash risks were higher for the colours listed compared to white by up to around 10%.
Comparison of analysis results between the two states of Australia analysed suggested that vehicle colour also has an association with crash severity with lower visibility colours having higher risks of more severe crashes. Furthermore, the results also suggested that environmental factors can also modify the relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk although further work is required to quantify this.
Report can be downloaded from click here.
South Australian Ban on hotwater bottles that do not meet the standard - 19 Jun 2007
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Jennifer Rankine, has banned the sale of all hot water bottles in South Australia that do not meet safety standards. For further information click here.
New report: Children as Passengers in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 19 Jun 2007
This is the latest edition of the Queensland Injury Surveillance Units periodical Bulletin. The Bulletin can be downloaded from click here.
Draft for comment: Revision of AS/NZS 1754:2004 Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles - 19 Jun 2007
A revision of AS/NZS 1754:2004 Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles has been released for public comment. The closing date for comment is 19 July 2007.
This draft contains several key changes and revisions on which comment is invited. Major changes include requirements for booster seats - Type F, removal of booster cushions (backless boosters), and guidance on seat requirements with respect to a childs age. The draft standard is available as a free download from click here.
Release of 2006 Census Data - 19 Jun 2007
The ABS is pleased to announce that the release of 2006 Census data will
27 June , 2007. The ABS is working towards making available a range of
online 2006 Census products to suit a large number of Census users. Keep
your eye on the Census pages of the ABS website for updates
New report: Work-Related Alcohol and Drug Use - A Fit For Work Issue - 19 Jun 2007
Report prepared by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, can be accessed at click here.
Alcohol and drug use during and outside of work hours can have a significant negative impact on occupational health and safety (OHS). This research paper provides a breakdown according to drug type and use by gender, age and industry. This paper reviews current research and regulatory approaches, providing information on impairments arising from both acute and chronic symptoms of alcohol and drug use and the impact on OHS issues in the workplace.
New report: Compendium of Workers Compensation Statistics 2004 to 2005 - 19 Jun 2007
Published by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, the report can be downloaded from click here.
New WHO report: Alcohol an injury in emergency departments - 19 Jun 2007
An 18-page summary of this report can be downloaded from: click here.
New report: Australian hospital statistics 2005-06 - 18 Jun 2007
Australian Hospital Statistics 2005-06 provides a thirteenth year in the AIHWs comprehensive annual reporting of statistics on Australias hospitals. Detailed information is presented on hospital care and hospitals in 2005-06, as are summaries of changes over time and comparisons between public and private hospitals. Included are statistics on admissions to public and private hospitals in 2005-06, covering the age and sex of patients diagnoses, procedures, lengths of stay and waiting times for elective surgery. The publication presents statistics on emergency department presentations to selected public hospitals in 2005-06 covering the age and sex of patients, triage categories, waiting times and duration of care. Also included are statistics on outpatient clinic activity in selected public hospitals in 2005-06. The statistics presented on hospitals include hospital expenditure, revenue and bed numbers, and a range of hospital performance indicators reported using the National Health Performance Framework. This report is a useful resource for health planners, administrators and researchers with an interest in the Australian hospital system. Authored by AIHW. click here.
New report: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2006 report: detailed analyses - 18 Jun 2007
Published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, this report contains detailed analyses underlying the summary data presented in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2006 report (AHMAC 2006). The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) is designed to provide the basis to monitor the impact of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSFATSH) and inform policy analyses, planning and program implementation. The HPF consists of 70 measures covering three Tiers - health status and outcomes, determinants of health and health systems performance. The report can be downloaded from click here.