Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.

They are an independent statutory authority established in 1987, governed by a management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health and Ageing portfolio.

AIHW's aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. They collect and report information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.

Governments and the community use AIHW's reports and data in discussing, debating, and making policy decisions on health, housing and community services matters.

Recommended links

Last reviewed: October 2014

Information from this partner

Found 117 results

Workforce

Health workforce

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Risk factors contributing to chronic disease (AIHW)

Online version of Risk factors contributing to chronic disease.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Health indicators for Remote Service Delivery communities: a summary report (AIHW)

This report provides information on antenatal care, live births, low birthweight babies, hospitalisations (all and selected causes), disability, mortality, child protection, juvenile justice, alcohol and other drug use and aged care for 29 remote Indigenous communities. Where possible, data are presented at the jurisdictional and national level, and time series data provided for comparison. This information was compiled to inform an evaluation of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery (NPA RSD), conducted in 2013.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Australian hospital statistics 201314: elective surgery waiting times (AIHW)

In 2013-14: about 700,000 patients were admitted to Australian public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists; 50% of patients were admitted for their surgery within 36 days of being placed on the waiting list and 90% were admitted within 262 days.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia: 2009-10 (AIHW)

This report is the sixth in a series on hospitalisations due to falls by Australians aged 65 and over, and focuses on 2009-10.The estimated number of hospitalised injury cases due to falls in older people was 83,800 - more than 5,100 extra cases than in 2008-09 - and about 70% of these falls happened in either the home or an aged care facility.One in every 10 days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2009-10 was directly attributable to an injurious fall (1.3 million patient days over the year), and the average total length of stay per fall injury case was estimated to be 15.5 days.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Stillbirths in Australia 1991-2009 (AIHW)

This is the first national report on the epidemiology of stillbirth in Australia. The report makes use of the extensive data about pregnancy and birth that have been collected in all states and territories since 1991. For the period 19912009, the stillbirth rate ranged from 6.47.8 per 1,000 births.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Depression in residential aged care 2008-2012 (AIHW)

Entry into residential aged care can be a challenging experience and the presence of depression can add to this challenge. This report provides the first in-depth review of available administrative data to explore the prevalence and characteristics of people with symptoms of depression in residential aged care. In 2012, over half (52%) of all permanent residential aged care residents had symptoms of depression. Between 2008 and 2012, residents admitted to care for the first time who had symptoms of depression were more likely to have high care needs, and were more likely to have behaviours which impacted on care needs.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts: morbidityhospital care (AIHW)

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney diseaseAustralian facts is a series of 5 reports by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that describes the combined burden of cardiovascular disease (including coronary heart disease and stroke), diabetes and chronic kidney disease.This report on Morbidity presents up-to-date statistics as well as trends on hospitalisations from these chronic diseases. It examines age and sex characteristics, and variations across population groups, including among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, by geographical location, and by socioeconomic disadvantage.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Deriving key patient variables: a technical paper for the Hospital Dementia Services Project (AIHW)

This report describes the methods used for the Hospital Dementia Services Project to derive dementia status, complete hospital stays and post-hospital destination using New South Wales hospital data for 2006-07. Comparisons of estimates using these key variables show that the method used to derive the variables can substantially affect analytical results on use of hospitals. This report demonstrates the importance of using analytical data and methods that match the particular policy or research question being asked.

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) 2012 collection data guide (AIHW)

The National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) collection is an administrative by-product collection (that is, secondary use). Data are collated in each jurisdiction from information already collected for the purposes of administering or providing a service (that is, primary use).

Read more on AIHW – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo