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Newsletters - Health Statistics News - No 41, September 1999
 
 

CONTENTS

  • The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 1999
  • ABS Allied Health Industry Surveys
  • Geodemographics of Ageing in Australia Symposium, Brisbane
  • Introduction of ICD-10 for Mortality Coding
  • 1999 Indigenous Identification Workshop


THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF AUSTRALIA'S ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES, 1999

The second edition of The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 1999 (ABS Catalogue No. 4704.0) was released on 10 August during the Australia-New Zealand Health Services Research Conference held in Manly. The publication, a joint venture between the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, provides a comprehensive statistical overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare. It includes the latest available information on a range of topics, including mortality; ill health; risk factors; access to, and use of, services; and recent developments in health and welfare information.

Copies of the publication are available for $41 from all ABS bookshops. A copy of the summary is available on this site. For more information about the contents of the publication, contact Dr Joan Cunningham on (08) 8943 2165 (joan.cunningham@abs.gov.au).

For more information about statistics on Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, contact the ABS' National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics on (08) 8943 2190.


ABS ALLIED HEALTH INDUSTRY SURVEYS

The ABS has recently released statistics in respect of 1997-98 for selected allied health industry surveys as follows:

          • Audiology and Audiometry Services, Australia, 1997-98 (ABS Catalogue No. 8554.0) - issued 28 June 1999

          • Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services, Australia, 1997-98 (ABS Catalogue No. 8550.0) - issued 20 August 1999
            (Click here to view Main Features)

          • Physiotherapy Services, Australia, 1997-98 (ABS Catalogue No. 8552.0) - issued 31 August 1999
            (Click here to view Main Features)


Other publications in the series to be released in the next few weeks are: Dental Services, Australia, 1997-98 (ABS Catalogue No. 8551.0) and Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services, Australia, 1997-98 (ABS Catalogue No. 8553.0).

Results show that:
  • the audiology and audiometry profession had 146 practices, with total employment of 1,367 persons, generating total income of $158 million

  • the chiropractic profession had 2,053 chiropractors, of whom 76% were males. The 1,758 practices in the profession generated total income of $239 million and incurred expenses of $192 million resulting in an operating profit margin of 19.4%

  • the osteopathic profession had 395 osteopaths, of whom 72% were males. The 374 practices in the profession generated total income of $29 million and incurred expenses of $20 million resulting in an operating profit margin of 29.5%

  • the physiotherapy profession had 5,187 physiotherapists, of whom 65% were females. The 3,242 practices in the profession generated total income of $364 million and incurred expenses of $270 million resulting in an operating profit margin of 25.7%.

Contact: Annette Scott on (03) 9615 7977.
Email: annette.scott@abs.gov.au


GEODEMOGRAPHICS OF AGEING IN AUSTRALIA SYMPOSIUM, BRISBANE, 1-2 DECEMBER 1999

ABS will be represented at the Geodemographics of Ageing in Australia Symposium in Brisbane on 1 and 2 December 1999. The symposium is being jointly hosted by the Australian Population Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. It is very much a national conference with invited international speakers.

The ABS will present two papers at the symposium, the first of which is titled 'Health of Older Australians'. This paper will examine topics such as preventative health issues, lifestyle risk factors, ill health and disability, mental health, nutrition and causes of death. It will draw on Older People, Australia: A Social Report 1999 (ABS Catalogue No. 4109.0) and Australian Social Trends 1999 (ABS Catalogue No. 4102.0).

The second paper to be presented by the ABS is titled 'Where are (or were) the Ageing population of Australia'. This paper will examine the current location of older Australians, make some historical comparisons and identify the socio-demographic characteristics of the ageing population. Population Census results from various periods will be drawn on and enhanced by geographic presentations.

More information and symposium registration forms can be obtained from the contact person listed below.

Contact: Ron Casey (ABS Qld) (07) 3222 6311
Email: ron.casey@abs.gov.au


INTRODUCTION OF ICD-10 FOR MORTALITY CODING

The implementation of the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) for deaths registered on or after 1 January 1999 is running to schedule. The ABS is using an updated version of the US developed software (ACS) for this exercise. Minor programming issues have been overcome and the software is now performing to expectation.

To lengthen the time series and to provide a statistical link between the ICD-9 and ICD-10 data, the ABS is coding 1997 and 1998 deaths data to ICD-10 using the new version of ACS. This will provide Australia with an extended ICD-10 based mortality series.

A booklet titled Cause of Death Certification, Australia is available to all doctors and others responsible for death certification in Australia (free of charge) and has already been widely distributed. This booklet provides valuable guidance for those completing certificates of cause of death and aims to assist the accuracy of mortality coding.

Recently, considerable work has been undertaken to prepare for the Second International Collaborative Effort (ICE) for Automating Mortality Statistics held in Washington DC during September 1999. The ABS presented papers on a variety of issues on which it has recent experience, including 'Multi-cause Coding - a Major Step in Improving Mortality Statistics in Australia', 'The Effect of Query Action on Coded Mortality Data - an Australian Study', 'ICD-10 Training in Australia and the South East Asian Region', 'An Australian Experience in Implementing Automated Coding in ICD-9 and ICD-10' and 'The Effect of Changing from Manual to Automated Coding - Australian Results'. Further information relating to these papers can be obtained from the contact person listed below.

Contact: John Alexander (07) 3222 6047
Email: jr.alexander@abs.gov.au


1999 INDIGENOUS IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP

ABS representatives participating in the State Working Parties to Improve Indigenous Identification in Administrative Collections met for a two day workshop in Darwin recently. The workshop was hosted by the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) with the aim of reviewing:

  • activities undertaken to improve indigenous identification within State based administrative collections

  • results achieved, focussing particularly on preliminary 1998 indigenous births and deaths statistics in comparison with 1997 results

  • future priorities including work still required to implement best practice in health and other collections

The workshop attendees were encouraged by the significant progress being made in improving the coverage in indigenous births and deaths registrations. Consideration was given to State and Territory data quality and publication issues. Discussion on this issue is continuing and a decision is expected shortly. However, the publication issue will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The areas of priority for improved indigenous identification are, in order:

  • Vitals - births and deaths, perinatals

  • Health - hospital separations, disease registries (including cancer and notifiable diseases)

  • Education - school statistics

  • Community Services

  • Centrelink

  • Law and Justice

Improvements in data quality can be made via the adoption of best practices in data collection. The State Working Parties are actively pursuing these improvements by encouraging data collectors to adopt the standard indigenous status question, providing training and support in the correct technique to use when asking the indigenous question, raising public awareness of the issue and assessing the accuracy of the data being collected.

Contact: Phillipa Scurrah (08) 89432142
Email: phillipa.scurrah@abs.gov.au


NATIONAL HEALTH SURVEY: CANCER RELATED INFORMATION

Additional analysis of 1995 National Health Survey data related to cancer has been published by the ABS in a feature article titled Detection of Skin, Breast and Cervical Cancers Topics covered include: skin cancer (including examination of the skin and sun protection measures used in the last month), breast cancer and cervical cancer (breast examinations, mammograms, Pap smear tests), and mortality due to cancer (including skin cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer).

The Article National Health Survey: Detection of Skin, Breast and Cervical Cancers.

Contact: Maureen Millar
Email: maureen.millar@abs.gov.au


ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER

Health Statistics News is a quarterly publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Health Section, Canberra, available to interested individuals or organisations. If you or your organisation would like to be placed on our mailing list, please contact Joanne Sims at the address shown below and provide your address details and the number of copies requested.

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PUBLICATIONS RELEASED (July 1999 to September 1999)

3310.0 Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 1998 ($27.00)

4704.0 The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 1999 ($41.00)

8550.0 Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services, Australia, 1997-98 ($17.00)

8552.0 Physiotherapy Services, Australia, 1997-98 ($16.50)

1302.6 Tasmanian Pocket Year Book ($11.00)

1307.8 Australian Capital Territory in Focus ($44.00)

1314.8 Australian Capital Territory at a Glance (brochure ($1.10)

3401.0 Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia ($16.50)

4509.0 Crime and Safety, Austalia ($25.00)


OTHER ABS PRODUCTS RELEASED (July 1999 to September 1999)

4390.0.15.001 Private Health Establishments: Acute and Psychiatric Hospitals Data on Floppy Disk, 1997-98

4390.0.15.002 Private Health Establishments: Free Standing Day Hospital Facilities Data on Floppy Disk, 1997-98

4390.0.40.001 Private Health Establishments: Acute and Psychiatric Hospitals Data, 1997-98, Data-report, hardcopy

4390.040.002 Private Health Establishments: Free Standing Day Hospital Facilities Data, 1997-98, Data-report, hardcopy


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    (02) 6252 6627
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    (08) 8237 7400
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    (02) 9268 4611
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    (08) 8943 2111
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    (03) 9615 7755
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    (07) 3222 6351
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    (08) 9360 5140


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