The triennial reports on adult health, produced for each division of general practice from the continuous New South Wales Population Health Survey, aim to assist with monitoring the health of the population, and support policy development and service planning.
NSW Health has identified a number of indicators for inclusion:
Risk alcohol drinking, high risk alcohol drinking, influenza immunisation, pneumococcal immunisation, injury prevention (smoke alarms in the home), adequate fruit consumption, adequate vegetable consumption, consumption of 3 or more serves of vegetables a day, adequate physical activity, current smoking, and smoke-free households.
Self-rated health, current asthma, diabetes or high blood glucose, mental health (psychological distress), oral health (all natural teeth missing), overweight and obesity, and obesity.
Difficulties getting health care, positive emergency department care rating, positive hospital care rating, and positive public dental care rating.
Most people can be trusted, and visit neighbours.
These indicators are presented in graphical and tabular form. Each indicator includes a bar chart and a line graph. The bar chart presents the indicator by age group for the most recent reporting period and compares divisional data with NSW. The line chart presents the indicator by sex for all available reporting periods for which data have been collected and includes (1) a prevalence estimate for the division, and (2) a prevalence estimate for New South Wales.
The table accompanying the chart presents prevalence estimates for males, females, and/or persons and includes the 95% confidence intervals (CI), which provides a range of values that contain the actual value 95% of the time. A wider confidence interval reflects less certainty in the estimate. If confidence intervals do not overlap then the observed estimates are significantly different. If confidence intervals overlap slightly the observed estimates may be significantly different but further testing needs to be done to establish that significance.
This report is available in PDF and HTML versions, which can be downloaded from the New South Wales Population Health Survey website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/surveys/index.asp. Further information about the New South Wales Population Health Survey, including previous survey results and methods, can be obtained from the website.
|Source:||New South Wales Population Health Survey 2007 (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 November 2008|