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Senior Staff Biography - Paul Jelfs, First Assistant Statistician, Social, Health and Labour Division

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Dr Paul Jelfs (PhD) is the First Assistant Statistician of the Social, Health and Labour Division of the Population, Labour and Social Statistics Group. The Division is responsible for developing, compiling, analysing and disseminating statistics that describe the characteristics and well-being of Australia's population. The areas that the Division cover are labourforce, household income and wealth, housing, health and disability, ageing, children and families and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Paul has extensive experience in Commonwealth and State Government agencies in both information management and service delivery.

Paul was responsible for establishing the National Cancer Statistics Clearing House, the National Death Index and National Diabetes Register and designing the national monitoring systems for the breast and cervical screening programs. He has undertaken studies of Vietnam and Korean War veterans health and worked with community stakeholders in the redevelopment of the Child Support Program. He has managed the delivery of the Cervical cancer screening programs in South Australia and New South Wales and worked to develop hospital based cancer registry systems in New South Wales.

In previous roles at the ABS, Paul has led 3 major survey developments - the Australian Health Survey, the Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers and the Patient Experience Survey and sought to support national reporting arrangements in health and disability for Coalition of Australian Governments and other national performance reporting. He has also been involved in the developments of Australian Social Trends and Measures of Australia's Progress.

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