Key messages

  • The Victorian Health Monitor provides information on the risk factors of chronic disease for Victorians.

The Victorian Health Monitor (VHM) measures baseline physical and biomedical information on chronic disease risk factors in Victoria.

By measuring height, weight, waist circumference, blood lipids, blood pressure and fasting blood glucose levels, the VHM provides an accurate assessment of the prevalence of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and the metabolic syndrome in the adult population.

Burden of disease and demographic data

The VHM report describes the prevalence of lifestyle factors, biomedical risk factors and chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease in Victorians.

The report also provides information on the burden of each of these conditions and describes their burden according to age group, sex, geography and basic demographic factors.

Companion reports

The VHM also provides a number of companion reports on food and nutrition and chronic kidney disease.

Food and nutrition

The VHM Food and Nutrition report of 2009–10 presents detailed information on food and nutrition intake from three separate 24-hour dietary recall interviews conducted over a six-week period.

Chronic kidney disease

The VHM has produced two reports on chronic kidney disease.

The Prevalence of Indicators for Chronic Kidney Disease in the Victorian Population report presents the data for Victorian adults. The findings are based on testing of biomedical samples provided by VHM study participants.

The Diet and Indicators for Chronic Kidney Disease report provides information on the diet of adults with chronic kidney disease in Victoria.

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