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Australia's health 2006 : the tenth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Christopher StevensonChristopher Stevenson, C Choi, K Bhatia, J Hargreaves, M de Looper, L Moon, K Tallis, M Cooper-Stanbury
The report shows that Australians generally have good health and are privileged to have a range of health care services available to them. There are stark exceptions to this that can be confronting—even if well-known already—notably the generally much poorer health status of Indigenous Australians.

Health care service provider and funding arrangements are both increasingly complex and increasingly costly to both individuals and taxpayers. A continuing challenge is how to balance both the complementary and competitive perspectives of government and non-government agencies, professional groups, and small businesses. Overall, national expenditure on health was 9.7% of GDP in 2003–04; and average health expenditure per person has grown by an average 3.8% each year between 1997–98 to 2002–03. Expenditure on aids and appliances, health research and pharmaceuticals contributed more to this growth than other areas.

While the ageing of the population is having a significant impact on the number and type of health care services delivered, high quality services for children continue to be a priority. Australia’s health 2006 has a special chapter focusing on children and their health. The chapter highlights the fact that while our children are generally very healthy, there are concerns that their ongoing health could be affected by more and more of them becoming overweight or obese. Levels of diabetes are now rising among our children and it is a continuing concern that asthma and mental health problems affect so many of them.

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1-512

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  • Yes

ISSN

1032-6138

ISBN-10

1740245652

Language

eng

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A4.1 Major research monograph

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2006, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Editor/Contributor(s)

Magnus P, Choi C

Publisher

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Place of publication

Canberra, A. C. T.

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