Surveys to shed revealing light on health of the nation

Original article by Sean Parnell
The Australian – Page: 4 : 14-Aug-19

Health Minister Greg Hunt will announce on 14 August details of the Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study, which is expected to cost $90 million and take three years to complete. It will comprise four surveys that will be overseen by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with the first being a mental health and wellbeing survey. It will be followed by a National Health Study, while there will also be a National Nutrition and Physical Activity Study and a National Health Measures Study. The surveys are being undertaken because of concerns that policy and reforms are being based on out-of-date information.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

Bones, Joints, Muscle conditions and Allergies/Cold & Flu most prevalent health issues for Australians

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 9-May-19

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that more than 19.3 million Australians aged 14+ (94.4%) suffered from at least one form of illness or medical condition in 2018. Just over 13.9 million Australians (68%) experienced medical conditions related to Bones, Joints and Muscles, while over 13.8 million (67.6%) suffered from Allergies/Cold & Flu illnesses. Ear, Nose and Throat conditions were experienced by over 11.1 million Australians (54.6%) in 2018, and over 10.1 million (49.5%) suffered from illnesses and conditions related to their Digestive Systems. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says that digging into the data shows significant differences between the types of illnesses and conditions that women and men tend to suffer from.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Roy Morgan partners with Medibank to monitor Australia’s health

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 23-Mar-16

Powered by Roy Morgan Research’s Single Source survey of over 50,000 Australians a year, the new Medibank Better Health Index is Australia’s most up-to-date and comprehensive quarterly health monitor. Based on interviews with approximately 1,000 Australians each week since 2007, the Index offers an in-depth look into the state of the nation’s health and how it is changing. The Medibank Better Health Index is centred on seven health indicators: Nutrition, Fitness, Body Mass, Medical Health, Mental Health, Smoking and Alcohol. Combined, these make up an overall Health Index Score, which tracks how Australia’s health is faring over time. The Health Index Score started from a base of 100 in 2007, and has since increased to 102.12. This higher score represents an overall improvement in the nation’s Health, taking into account better scores in our Fitness, Nutrition, Medical Health, Smoking and Alcohol, but some declines in BMI and Mental Health over the period.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, MEDIBANK PRIVATE LIMITED – ASX MPL

Australians with asthma also more vulnerable to other respiratory conditions

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 11-Jan-16

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 74 per cent of Australians aged 18+ with asthma also suffer from at least one other lung/breathing condition. The survey, which was carried out in the year to September 2015, shows that 51 per cent of adults with asthma reported experiencing hay fever, while 30 per cent of asthmatics reported that they also snored and 13 per cent had come down with bronchitis. The survey also found that 13 per cent of Australian women and nine per cent of men suffer from asthma, while nearly 15 per cent of Australians with a Body Mass Index classified as obese are asthmatic, compared with just under 13 per cent of smokers.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, ASTHMA AUSTRALIA

A litany of the nation’s bad habits

Original article by Dan Harrison
The Age – Page: 10 : 25-Nov-14

Using data from the "National Drug Strategy Household Survey" conducted in the second half of calendar 2013, the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare has issued its latest snapshot of harmful behaviour. Over 40% of Australians drink excessive amounts of alcohol, smoke cigarettes on a daily basis or consume illegal drugs. The rates are 100% higher in remote regions. Smoking is more prevalent among the poor and Aborigines, while alcohol abuse is more common among the rich

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AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE

Fumes and smog deadly for city dwellers: report

Original article by Heath Gilmore
The Age – Page: 7 : 4-Aug-14

The National Environment Protection Council has released a new study on the negative health effects of air pollution. Drawing on research by the University of Sydney, Southern Cross University, the University of Western Sydney and University of Wollongong, it shows that those living in Melbourne, Perth or Sydney will have their life expectancies cut by 72 days for men and 65 days for women. The culprit is fine particle pollution, and the lobbying body wants binding national standards to be rolled out that tackle the problem

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NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG, SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY

Report identifies ‘stroke belt’ along NSW coast

Original article by Dan Harrison
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 10 : 15-Jul-14

The National Stroke Foundation has published a new ranking of Australian federal seats by the number of residents who have suffered a stroke. The data compiled by Deloitte Access Economics with the financial backing of pharmaceutical group Boehringer Ingelheim show that half of the top 10 electorates are located in New South Wales. Specifically they cover the coastal region from Byron Bay to North Shore in Sydney. There are some 12,000 fatalities due to stroke nationwide each year

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NATIONAL STROKE FOUNDATION, DELOITTE ACCESS ECONOMICS PTY LTD, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PTY LTD