Key messages

  • Your health 2005 was the first comprehensive picture of the health of Victorians ever produced.
  • There were five key areas examined, health status, health behaviours, health priority areas, environmental and social health and health inequalities.

Your Health: A report on the health of Victorians 2005 is the first publication of a biannual series of reports issued by the Office of the Chief Health Officer.

The release of this first report had two important functions:

  • to provide a single access point for a wide range of the most significant and up-to-date health-related data available in Victoria about the health of Victorians
  • to coincide with a number of key government policies aimed at delivering better health and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians.
  • Section 1: General health status
  • Section 2: Health-related behaviours
  • Section 3: Health priority areas
  • Section 4: Environmental and social health
  • Section 5: Health inequalities.

Five sections

This report has five sections:

General health status

Section 1 includes health status and health outcomes indicators on burden of disease, life expectancy at birth, avoidable mortality, ambulatory care sensitive conditions, and self-reported health.

Health-related behaviours

Section 2 presents information on risk factors and health-related behaviours for the selected public health indicators of smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical inactivity among adults.

Health priority areas

Section 3 contains information on national health priority areas, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma, injury and poisoning, mental health, and selected musculoskeletal conditions. Mothers’ and children’s health and key communicable diseases indicators are also presented.

Environmental and social health

Section 4 provides indicators of air quality developed with the Environment Protection Authority, and Legionella indicators developed with the environmental health program area (Public Health) of the Department of Health & Human Services. Social and community indicators such as volunteering and trust are based on the Victorian Population Health Survey 2004, while indicators on weekly earnings, employment, crime rate, and housing are based on the ABS data.

Health inequalities

Section 5 presents indicators on key issues of Aboriginal health, using the ABS and hospital separations data in Victoria. Health-related behaviours and health outcomes are stratified by quintiles of Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage obtained by the ABS to identify differentials in the health of Victorians by socioeconomic factors. Differentials in rural health are described, using the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia.

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