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Improvements in heart health accounted for more than half of the improvements in our overall health. From

We’re not just living for longer – we’re staying healthier for longer, too

On the whole, we’re living longer and healthier lives, thanks to advances in medical care, as well as lifestyle changes. But there are major differences in the health experiences of different groups.
Generally, people under 40 have reported a decrease in recent illicit drug usage since 2001, while people 40 or older have reported an increase in recent years. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Three charts on: Australia’s changing drug and alcohol habits

The proportion of population who use legal and illegal drugs has remained stable or trended down. Fewer young people are using, but the proportion of older people using drugs and alcohol has grown.
Adverse outcomes in health care have a deeply personal impact on patients and on medical practitioners. Zoriah/Flickr

Australia’s medical indemnity claims – why should we care?

Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of the best current evidence in making decisions about patient care. The same approach should be taken when patients are harmed…
The proportion of Australians who support methadone treatment has increased in recent years – it was 69% in 2010. myxabyxe

A snapshot of methadone and buprenorphine treatment in Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released its annual report of the methadone and buprenorphine treatment programs operated by the states and territories today. On census day – June…
There’s a clear need to move away from medical and behavioural approaches, Chaotic Good01/Flickr

Men’s health report highlights what’s missing from policy

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report on men’s health focuses the spotlight on widely unrecognised aspects of male health. This could mean that policy can now address men’s health…
The prevalence of asthma has been falling, at least in children and young adults, since the late 1990s. PhylB/Flickr

Breathe easy? Good and bad news about asthma

There’s good news about asthma in the report card “Asthma in Australia 2011” published last week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). But there are also some sobering facts about heath-care…

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