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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1994  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/05/1994   
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Definitions and references

Acceptable weight - the estimates are based on Quetelet's body mass index (BMI), which is calculated as weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of height (in metres). Persons classified as acceptable weight had a BMI of 20.0 - 25.0.

    Reference: National Health Survey Health Risk Factors, Australia (cat. no. 4380.0)

Acute hospital beds per 1,000 population - total number of beds in all hospitals per 1,000 estimated mean resident population.
    Reference: Department of Health Housing & Community Services Annual Report

AIDS related deaths - deaths where AIDS was determined to be the underlying cause.
    Reference: Causes of Death (cat. no. 3303.0)

Alcohol apparent consumption - refers to millilitres of alcohol not total alcohol beverages consumed divided by the population aged 15 years and over. Apparent consumption of beer and spirits is based on quantities on which excise duty was paid and imports cleared for consumption in Australia. Apparent consumption of wine comprises quantities sold by winemakers and imports cleared for consumption. Home production of beer and wine is not included.
    Reference: Apparent Consumption of Foodstuffs and Nutrients, Australia cat. no. (4306.0)

Apparent consumption - equals (Commercial production + Estimated home production + Imports + Opening stocks) minus (Exports + Usage for processed food + Non-food usage + Wastage + Closing stocks) divided by the population.
    Reference: Apparent Consumption of Foodstuffs and Nutrients, Australia (cat. no. 4306.0)

Average length of stay in hospital - the total number of occupied bed days in both public and private hospitals divided by the total number of admissions.
    Reference: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Health Expenditure

Average Medicare services processed - average number of services used per person enrolled in Medicare.
    Reference: Health Insurance Commission Annual Report

Cancer - malignant neoplasms.
    Reference: Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0)

Crude death rate - number of deaths registered during the calendar year per 1,000 of the mean estimated resident population.
    Reference: Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0)

Current smokers - persons aged 18 years and over who smoke one or more manufactured (packet) cigarettes, roll your own cigarettes, cigars or pipes per day. Smoking excludes chewing tobacco and smoking of non-tobacco products.
    Reference: National Health Survey Health Risk Factors, Australia (cat. no. 4380.0)

Doctors per 100,000 population - the number of general medical practitioners and specialist medical practitioners per 100,000 mean estimated resident population.
    Reference: Characteristics of Persons Employed in Health Occupations, Australia (cat. no. 4346.0)

Fetal death - the delivery of a child weighing at least 500 grams at delivery (or, when birthweight is unavailable, of at least 22 weeks gestation) which did not, at any time after delivery, breathe or show any other evidence of life such as a heartbeat.
    Reference: Perinatal Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3304.0)

Fully immunised - the proportion of six year olds reported as having received all the required vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, whooping cough, measles and mumps.
    Reference: Children's Immunisation, Australia (cat. no. 4379.0)

High risk drinkers - males who drank more than 75ml of absolute alcohol per day and females who drank more than 50ml of absolute alcohol per day.
    Reference: National Health Survey Health Risk Factors, Australia (cat. no. 4380.0)

Infant mortality rate - the annual number of deaths of children under one year of age per 1,000 live births.
    Reference: Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0)

Ischaemic heart disease - heart attack (acute myocardial infarction, coronary occlusion) and angina (angina pectoris).
    Reference: Causes of Death (cat. no. 3303.0)

Life expectancy at birth - the average number of years a person might expect to live if the age-specific death rates of the given period continued throughout his or her lifetime.
    Reference: Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0)

Live birth - the delivery of a child weighing at least 500 grams at delivery (or, when birthweight is unavailable, of at least 22 weeks gestation) who after being born, breathes or shows any other evidence of life such as a heartbeat.
    Reference: Perinatal Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3304.0)

Neonatal death - any child weighing at least 500 grams at delivery (or, when birthweight is unavailable, of at least 22 weeks gestation) who is born alive (as defined under live birth) and who dies within 28 days of birth.
    Reference: Perinatal Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3304.0)

Perinatal mortality rate - the number of fetal and neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths combined.
    Reference: Perinatal Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3304.0)

Persons with private health insurance - proportion of the total population with private health insurance.
    Reference: Health Insurance Survey (cat. no. 4335.0)

Road accident
    Reference: Causes of Death (cat. no. 3303.0)

Standardised death rate - the overall death rate that would have prevailed in a standard population if it had experienced at each age the deaths rates of the population being studied. The standard population used in these calculations is all persons in the 1986 Australian population.
    Reference: Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0)

Suicide
    Reference: Causes of Death (cat. no. 3303.0)

Total fats apparent consumption - total fats refers to the total fat content of the food in grams.
    Reference: Apparent Consumption of Foodstuffs and Nutrients, Australia (cat. no. 4306.0)

Tobacco apparent consumption - refers to grams of tobacco consumed divided by the population aged 15 years and over. Apparent consumption of tobacco is based on the quantity on which import duty and excise was paid and does not include duty or excise free tobacco.
    Reference: Customs and Excise Revenue, Australia (cat. no. 5425.0)

Total health expenditure as a proportion of GDP - total health expenditure as a proportion of gross domestic product at current prices.
    Reference: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Health Expenditure

Total health expenditure per person - refers to health expenditure per person in Australian dollars at constant 1984-85 prices.
    Reference: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Health Expenditure


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