Special Issue "Health Statistics: The Australian Experience and Opportunities"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Richard Madden
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Interests: statistics policy and governance; health classifications; indigenous statistics; disability policy and statistics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Reliable and relevant health statistics have provided a strong base for policy, planning and financing of health and related services in Australia. States and Territories are responsible for public health, hospitals and many other health and related services, and building national statistics has required cooperation and clear governance as well as strong national data standards. Australia has for more than a century had excellent mortality statistics; more recently  a wide range of other data has been developed from administrative sources, where statistics is often a secondary purpose, and registers. Statisticians have had to negotiate to get the information needed, and the data standards to be used, with a wide range of governments and service providers, as well as user and advocacy groups. Statistics on specific groups, notably Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, have required collaboration with the communities involved, as well as presenting technical challenges. More complex analyses have , with health expenditure and burden of disease as examples of methodologies where summary statistics must be built on a strong statistical foundation.

While these developments have been underway, electronic systems have progressively been replacing paper, and data are required more quickly and at more local levels. Data linkage is now widely accepted as a means of providing linked information to statisticians and researchers without risking the privacy and confidentiality of individuals. A wide range of the health workforce is involved in data collection, and they may be subject to a range of service delivery and financial pressures which can limit or influence the data they collect.

This special issue aims to report on current Australian health statistics collections, their uses and the challenges they face. It is vital to understand the processes that have led to success, and the hurdles that have had to be overcome.  We also want to identify remaining gaps, in subject matter, in populations with specific needs and in data standards, in data accessibility and where Australia may lag behind developments in other countries. Other topics could include governance issues, where the range of conflicting pressures on data providers, analysers and users may endanger reliability. The issue will provide a platform for a wealth of views to be brought together and connected, to give a rare broad view of the health statistics terrain in Australia.

Prof. Dr. Richard Madden
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their health
  • Specific topics such as primary care, hospital statistics, functioning and disability, mental health, aged care, monitoring of population health
  • Health risk behaviours and environmental risk factors
  • Information developments associated with COVID-19
  • Current opportunities and trends including data linkage and electronic data
  • The contributions that health statistics make to research
  • Analyses of health statistics including health expenditure and burden of disease
  • Health information workforce
  • Health statistics governance, particularly at national level, and health ethics.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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