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UPCOMING CHANGES TO TASMANIAN STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS
Readers may have noticed that the latest issue of Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (cat. no. 1307.6), December 2010 issue, released in February 2011, was the FINAL issue. This is part of a review of the whole suite of Tasmanian publications occurring over the next few months.
A new national publication is currently being developed for release in July 2011. The new product, State and Territory Statistical Indicators (cat. no. 1367.0), will make it easier to locate comparable data across the jurisdictions as it will have consistent content for all states and territories. The data content will also be more timely than at present, with updates published within a few days of their first release to the ABS website rather than quarterly or annually. Data will be presented graphically, along with some descriptive and explanatory comments, and occasional feature articles.
The new publication will effectively replace the content of our existing publications Tasmanian Key Indicators (cat. no. 1304.6) and Tasmanian Statistical News (cat. no. 1301.6.55.001). These two publications will also be discontinued, as from the March issue.
NEWS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE BUSINESS STATISTICS CENTRE
AUSTRALIAN HEALTH SURVEY
In the next few days, the ABS will commence the first Australian Health Survey (AHS), the biggest health survey ever conducted in Australia.
The AHS builds on previous health surveys, allowing comparisons of health information over time such as obesity, smoking, health conditions and how we manage our health.
The AHS will collect new information about what we eat and drink, how active we are and biomedical measures. These new biomedical measures will reveal new insights into heart and kidney disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions by examining health risk factors such as cholesterol, glucose and sodium levels. The survey will be able to compare these biomedical risk factors with aspects of our lifestyle for those that are healthy and those who are not.
While the biomedical component of the survey is voluntary, the ABS encourages participation as this information will help Australians to be more knowledgeable and healthy as a nation, through better understanding of how our lifestyles and diets impact on our health.
The survey has been planned in consultation with a wide range of health stakeholders. The new components of the survey have been made possible through additional funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
The first wave of the survey will be conducted over 2011-12 with results available in late 2012 and will be used by a wide range of health researchers, public health advocates, government, clinicians and community health organisations. The information will be used to identify health issues, design and evaluate new health programs and understand what affects our health.
Further information and detailed questions and answers are available on the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au/australianhealthsurvey
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