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Health of the people of New South Wales Report of the Chief Health Officer, 2008: Summary Report

Summary

The people of New South Wales generally live long and productive lives. A child born in 2006 would now expect to live 79.3 years if male and 84.2 years if female, an increase of just under 3 years since 1997. Australian longevity was third only to Japan and Switzerland in 2006.

This report provides key information on the status of the health of our community, current challenges and inequities and trends in these factors. It provides information to all those working to improve health on the effectiveness of their programs. The report should allow the public to take steps to maintain healthy lives.

This is the seventh report in a series that was first published in 1996. In 2008 the "Summary Report" contains summarised information in tables and graphs on 71 indicators with very little explanatory text. It includes comparisons of key indicators by Health Area, trends over time, an overview of each of the 18 chapters in the e-CHO as well as detailed studies on two special topics. In 2008 these are on "Inequalities in Mortality" and "Childhood overweight and obesity".

Health of the people of New South Wales Report of the Chief Health Officer, 2008: Summary Report

The Sections in the Summary Report are:

  1. Key population health indicators by Area Health service, including comparisons by Health Area of State Plan, State Health Plan, Healthy People NSW and Two Ways Together population health indicators for the major determinants of health, burden of disease, health inequalities and health priority areas in NSW;
  2. Trends in key population health indicators, including 5- and 10- year trends in State Plan, State Health Plan, Healthy People NSW and Two Ways Together population health indicators for the major determinants of health, burden of disease, health inequalities and health priority areas in NSW;
  3. Special topics from the NSW Chief Health Officer which, in 2008 are Inequalities in mortality and Childhood overweight and obesity;
  4. Determinants of health, covering a brief overview of the NSW population data, social determinants of health, the environment and health-related behaviours;
  5. Burden of disease, covering a brief overview of life expectancy, disability-adjusted life-years, deaths and hospitalisations for major causes of illness and injury in NSW, and international health comparisons;
  6. Health inequalities, which presents a brief overview of the health risk factors and outcomes by Aboriginality, country of birth, rurality and socioeconomic status;
  7. Health priority areas, covering a brief overview of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, cancer, respiratory disease, injury and poisoning, mental health, oral health, pregnancy and the newborn period and communicable diseases.

File link: Health of the people of New South Wales Report of the Chief Health Officer, 2008: Summary Report
File size: 4181Kb
Type: Report
Date of Publication: 01 November 2008
Author Branch: Centre for Epidemiology & Research
SHPN: 080247
ISBN: 9781741873108

Health of the people of New South Wales Report of the Chief Health Officer, 2008: Summary Report

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