The Productivity Commission has been asked to undertake an inquiry into the role of mental health in supporting social and economic participation, and enhancing productivity and economic growth. This issues paper outlines a range of issues on which the commission is seeking information and feedback....
There have been numerous calls to establish a national minimum data set for primary health care in Australia. Despite significant investment in the provision of primary health care services in Australia, little is known about what services are being delivered to whom, with what outcomes....
The launch of the third edition of the National guide to preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in March 2018 heralds a renewed commitment to improving the delivery of preventive care, and should reinvigorate discussions on the effectiveness of Indigenous-specific health...
This issues paper has been released to promote a discussion on the issues surrounding the safe and legal use of new and innovative personal-use and mobility devices.
There are arguments against pill testing. But none are as compelling or evidence-based as the arguments for it.
Drug use at music festivals has become a public safety concern in NSW, one that has led to a number of deaths in recent years. This paper provides an overview of the main recommendations of the Expert Panel report entitled Keeping People Safe at Music...
The opioid crisis in the US claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2017, and has further complicated the situation for chronic pain patients. Human Rights Watch surveyed chronic pain patients, healthcare providers and officials and reviewed relevant laws and policies to produce a series of...
Objectives: The aim of this research was to explore health professional's perspectives on the provision of follow-up cancer care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in Queensland.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Indigenous and non-Indigenous health professionals...
This report evaluates the extent to which states and territories collected and provided data to the AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection in accordance with the Perinatal National Minimum Data Set Specifications. A total of 35 data elements were evaluated between 2010 to 2015.
Trauma is a pervasive and complex aspect of the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and, inevitably, a part of any conversation about mental health. It operates at an individual, collective and community level, and has historical and contemporary manifestations.
This working paper demonstrates how clinical data from participating practices can help inform policy, research and health systems to improve health outcomes for all Australians.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have some of the highest rates of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the world. This report outlines the trajectory of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD in Australia until 2031, assuming only the current levels of funding and attention...
The key message of this draft report is that the current veterans’ compensation and rehabilitation system is not ‘fit-for-purpose’ – it requires fundamental reform. The system is out-of-date and is not working in the interest of veterans and their families or the Australian community.
The current obesity epidemic in Australia and around the globe has significant negative health and economic consequences. Addressing this problem will require a comprehensive societal response, including implementation of a suite of multi-sectoral government policies. Informed government action requires reliable comparative evidence on the costs...
This paper seeks the views of organisations providing services or facilities for children and young people, peak associations, regulators, government agencies, and families, children and young people on the implementation and operation of Victoria’s child safe standards and associated regulatory framework. The standards were fully...
This strategy document sets out the New Zealand government’s vision for improving health and safety at work across New Zealand over the next ten years.
Despite its potential to deliver significant benefits to cities and people, walking is typically overlooked in planning and investment decisions – most likely due to its routine nature. This report identifies key issues with the current investment process that present barriers to appropriate levels of...
Polydrug use is the consumption of two or more drug types within a defined period of time. It may be limited to illicit drugs, or may include illicit drugs and legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.
This report argues that public policy on homelessness is based on flawed definitions that artificially inflate the figures, making public housing policy ineffective, adding to taxpayers' bills, and failing to assist 'chronic rough sleepers'.
The Northern Territory government is delivering broad alcohol reforms that aim to reduce the demand, supply and harm caused by alcohol across the Territory. It is anticipated that the initiatives targeting alcohol misuse will reduce population levels of consumption, and will contribute to reducing the...