New reports

Report reveals impact of Sydney alcohol lock-out laws

A new report on the so-called “lockout laws” which restrict alcohol sales in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts show that assaults have fallen in the target areas, but have increased in surrounding suburbs. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) report covers the 61 months before … Continue reading

Priority evidence gaps in Indigenous health

A forum on translating research into policy and practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health has outlined priorities for action on evidence gaps across the stages of the life course, from maternal and child health through to older adults. The NHMRC Translating Research into Policy and Practice (TRIPP) Forum … Continue reading

Report sets out roadmap to tackle obesity

A landmark study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across Australia has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets, which it warns is a leading cause of preventable death and disability in Australia. While Australia is … Continue reading

Spending on mental health services rises

Spending on mental health-related services exceeded $8.5 billion in 2014‒15 ‒ or $361 per person, according to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The data showed that spending had increased by more than $900 million since 2010‒11, and that 59% was funded by state and … Continue reading

More lives saved as organ donations increase

A record number of organ donations and transplantations took place in Australia last year, according to new data from Donatelife, the Federal Government Organ and Tissue Authority. The data shows that 1448 Australians received a life-saving organ transplant in 2016, up 17% on the figure from 2015. There were 503 … Continue reading

Report gives insight into birth family contact for children in out-of-home care

A briefing paper looking at birth family contact among NSW children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) shows that about two in five children and young people had a good relationship with their birth mother while one in four had a good relationship with their birth father. The paper … Continue reading

UK program tackles chronic loneliness in older people

A UK pilot program that aimed to identify chronically lonely older people and reconnect them with their communities successfully reduced loneliness in the majority of participants, according to a new report. The charity organisation Age UK said research showed that 1.2 million older people in the UK were chronically lonely, … Continue reading

Staph cases fall in public hospitals

Rates of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in Australia’s public hospitals have fallen over the past four years, with all states and territories recording rates below the national benchmark, the latest data show. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015-16 report on the serious bloodstream infection shows that the national … Continue reading

Australia’s population continues to age

The proportion of Australia’s population aged 65 years and over has increased in 2016, continuing a trend of the last two decades, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data. The percentage of the population aged 65 years and over has increased from 12% in 1996 to 15.3% in 2016. … Continue reading

Overlap between homelessness, child protection and youth justice

A new report looking at youth interaction with homelessness, youth justice and child protection services has shown vulnerable young people often access more than one of those services. Of the 187,500 children and young people who accessed homelessness services between 2011 and 2015, 12,000 also received child protection services, and … Continue reading