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Inequalities in bariatric surgery in Australia: findings from 49 364 obese participants in a prospective cohort study

This article investigates the variation, and quantify socioeconomic inequalities, in the uptake of primary bariatric surgery in an obese population in Australia. Obesity is a major public health challenge for Australia. In the 2007–08 National Health Survey, 24% of Australian adults were reported to be...

Tackling methamphetamine: indicators and progress report October 2012

This report provides a progress update on the records changes against the Action Plan's baseline data, and details progress on the Action Plan's activities. When the Action Plan was launched, Chief Executives from DPMC, Health, Customs, Justice, Police, Corrections and Te Puni Kokiri were charged...

Medications prescribed for people with obstructive airways disease: antibiotics and inhaled corticosteroids

This report focuses on the appropriate use of certain medications for the management of obstructive airways disease, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Appropriate use of medications is important in maximising health benefits for patients, minimising the negative effects of medications, and controlling...
Journal article

Adult pancreas side population cells expand after and cell injury and are a source of insulin-secreting cells

This article looks at how pancreas stem cells are a potential source of insulin-producing and cells for the therapy of diabetes. In adult tissues the ‘side population’ (SP) of cells that effluxes the DNA binding dye Hoechst 33342 through ATP-binding cassette transporters has stem cell...

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2010–11

Around 150,500 closed treatment episodes for alcohol and other drug use were provided in Australia in 2010-11 - almost 5,000 more than in 2009-10. For almost half of these episodes, the principal drug of concern was alcohol. Cannabis was the second most common principal drug...

4364.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12

First results from the Australian Health Survey have some good and bad news; smoking rates continue to fall, as do rates of drinking at risky levels, but the number of people who are overweight and obese continues to rise.

Genetic research in Indigenous health: significant progress, substantial challenges

This article looks at the measurements and biological samples used in health research, it is the extraction and analysis of genetic material that has caused the most controversy in indigenous health research across the globe. No other kind of research has a specific international non-governmental...

Breast cancer in Australia 2012

This report represents the significant contributions and the continuing partnership of Cancer Australia, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Australasian Association of Cancer Registries. Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the wellbeing of those diagnosed by ensuring...

Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: period estimates from 1982 to 2010

This report presents the latest national survival and prevalence statistics for cancers in Australia from 1982 to 2010. Five-year survival for all cancers combined increased from 47% in 1982-1987 to 66% in 2006-2010. The largest survival gains over this time were for prostate cancer, kidney...

Gynaecological cancers in Australia: an overview

This report provides a comprehensive picture of gynaecological cancer in Australia including how rates differ by geographical area, socioeconomic status, Indigenous status and country of birth. This report provides for the first time a comprehensive summary of national statistics about gynaecological cancer in Australia. It...