I am pleased to present this Report on Adult Aboriginal Health, which presents results from the New South Wales Population Health Survey for 2006-2009 and compares those results with previous years.
The report presents information on health behaviours, including: alcohol risk drinking, screening mammogram in the last 2 years, Pap test in the last 2 years, hysterectomy, influenza immunisation in the last 12 months, pneumococcal immunisation in the last 5 years, lives in a home with a smoke alarm or detector, consumes 2 or more serves of fruit a day, consumes 5 or more serves of vegetables a day, consumes 3 or more serves of vegetables a day, usually consumes lower fat or skim milk, experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months, adequate physical activity, current smoking, lives in a smoke-free household, and bans smoking in car.
This is followed by a chapter on health status, including: self-rated health as excellent or very good or good, current asthma, blood pressure measured in the last 2 years, ever had high blood pressure, cholesterol measured in the last 2 years, ever had high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood glucose, mental health (psychological distress), visited a dental professional in the last 12 months, all natural teeth missing, overweight, obese, and overweight or obese.
Next there is a chapter on health services, including: private health insurance, difficulties getting health care, emergency department presentations, hospital admissions, general practice attendances, public dental service attendances, and community health service attendances.
Finally, there is a chapter on social capital, including: most people can be trusted, feels safe walking down their street after dark, area has a reputation for being safe, visited neighbours in the last week, ran into friends and acquaintances when shopping in local area, and would be sad to leave their neighbourhood.
These indicators are presented in graphical and tabular form. For most indicators the report includes a bar chart of the indicator by age group and sex, a hi-lo chart of the indicator by area health service and sex, and a line chart of trend by sex. Trend data is presented from the base year: that is, from the first year data were collected for that indicator. The report is available in both PDF and HTML versions, which can be obtained from the New South Wales Population Health Survey website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/surveys/index.asp.
Comments on the New South Wales Population Health Survey are welcome.
I thank all the individuals and organisations who contributed their time and expertise to assist in the development and conduct of the Survey for 2006-2009.
Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director-General, Population Health
|Source:||New South Wales Population Health Survey 2006-2009 (HOIST). Centre for Epidemiology and Research, NSW Department of Health.|
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|Produced by:||Centre for Epidemiology and Research, Population Health Division, NSW Department of Health.|
|Last updated on:||1 August 2010|