Health

Research report

29 May 2018

The perinatal mortality rate in Australia in 2013–2014 was low (9.7 deaths per 1,000 births). Perinatal mortality rates increased with low birthweight for gestational age, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ethnicity and a number of other demographic factors. Perinatal death was most commonly caused by...

Briefing paper

29 May 2018

Leading up to the budget there has been a good deal of concern over the status of the NDIS, also known as DisabilityCare Australia. It is important to understand just what is going on and how secure the funding might be.

Report

29 May 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of Defence’s arrangements for delivering selected non-platform sustainment.

Statistics

Sixth and final edition – May 2018
28 May 2018

Transforming Health was a major South Australian state government initiative that ran between 2015 and 2017. Its stated aims were to improve the metropolitan Adelaide public acute hospital system and align better models of health care delivery with new and upgraded hospital facilities.

Research report

24 May 2018

New Zealand Food Safety has today published the results for the 2016 New Zealand Total Diet Study (TDS), which shows the food New Zealanders eat has a high level of safety in regard to chemical hazards which might be present in the food supply.

Report

24 May 2018

In 2016–17, there were more than 11 million admissions to hospital—6.6 million in public hospitals and 4.4 million in private hospitals. In public hospitals, a large proportion of admissions (43%) were considered emergencies, while in private hospitals admissions were more likely to be elective or...

Briefing paper

24 May 2018

This Policy Brief identifies an urgent need to change this paradigm and formulate a comprehensive, sustainable and evidence-informed plan to effectively promote and improve the mental health of children and the adults they become.

Report

23 May 2018

The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients with an active, progressive disease that has little or no prospect of a cure. With the growth and ageing of Australia's population, and an increase of chronic and generally incurable illnesses,...

Report

23 May 2018

The report contains an update on dementia plans adopted and in development around the world, including progress towards target one of the global plan - for 146 WHO Member States to develop plans, policies or other frameworks on dementia by 2025.

Strategy

23 May 2018

This strategy is designed to give practical support and assistance to the men and women who need it, so they can be well and independent, and achieve the best that they can for themselves, their whānau, and their communities.

Journal article

20 May 2018

This paper briefly outlines key findings and explores potential causal pathways for apparent positive secular trends in adolescent risk taking.

Report

Australia's reduced health care support for refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea
17 May 2018

This paper provides an update on the health situation for refugees and asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea by the Australian government.

Research report

16 May 2018

This report focuses on trends in hospitalised (serious) fall injury for people aged 65 and over that occurred over the period 2002–03 to 2014–15. Information is also presented on the hospital care provided.

Research report

16 May 2018

This report shows that the rate of hospitalised injury cases in Australia rose between 1999–00 and 2014–15 by an average of 1% per year. In 2014–15, case numbers and rates were higher for males than females for all age groups up to 60–64, and higher...

Research report

16 May 2018

In 2014–15, 264 newly incident cases of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) due to external causes were reported to the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register.

Research report

15 May 2018

This report shows how climate change will impact on New Zealander’s health over the next 50-100 years, and makes the case for better preparation.

Journal article

15 May 2018

Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) offer great promise for improving outcomes in paediatric rehabilitation. However, the design of software and interactive capabilities for SARs must be carefully considered in the context of their intended clinical use. While previous work has explored specific roles and functionalities to...

Audio program

15 May 2018

The federal government is pushing ahead with its plans to create an electronic health record for every Australian, but many are concerned about privacy and cybersecurity risks - and one expert recommends opting out.

Report

Report on the National Disability Insurance Agency's handling of reviews
15 May 2018

This report is based on information extracted from complaint investigations, stakeholder feedback, briefings provided by the NDIA, and the legislation, policy and procedural guidance relevant to the administration of reviews under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.

Research report

14 May 2018

This report explores ‘deficit discourse’ in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy. ‘Discourse’, in this context, encompasses thought represented in written and spoken communication and/or expressed through practices.