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Closing the Gap. This ninth Closing the Gap report showcases real successes being achieved at a local level across the country—by individuals, communities, organisations and government.

Closing the Gap

However, at a national level, progress needs to accelerate. Over the long term there are improvements across a number of the targets, however these improvements are not enough to meet the majority of the outcomes set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). This is a report card on how we, as a nation, are meeting our responsibilities in improving outcomes for our First Australians. This report recognises changes are underway and successes are being achieved, however, progress overall nationally, is too slow.

More cancer cases diagnosed, but overall rates falling and survival rates improving. The latest cancer report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that while cancer is a major cause of ill health in Australia, and more cases are being diagnosed, death rates have continued to fall since the 1980s, and incidence rates have also decreased in recent years.

More cancer cases diagnosed, but overall rates falling and survival rates improving

The report, Cancer in Australia 2017, estimates that over 134,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2017-an average of 367 diagnoses each day and 2.8 times as high as in 1982. 'The rate of new cancer cases rose from 383 per 100,000 people in 1982 to a peak of 504 per 100,000 in 2008, before falling to an expected rate of 470 per 100,000 people in 2017,' said AIHW spokesperson Mr Justin Harvey.

This decrease has mostly been seen in males, and is largely due to a decline in the incidence rate of prostate cancer-the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males. 'Cancer continues to be more common in males than females overall. Canberra, 3 February 2017 Full publications: Australia's health. Australia's health is the AIHW's biennial health report that profiles current health issues in a collection of feature articles and statistical snapshots that cover a range of areas.

Australia's health

These areas include: The health status of AustraliansHealth expenditureThe major causes of ill healthDeterminants of healthHealth through the life courseHealth of Indigenous AustraliansPreventing and treating ill healthHealth system performance In addition to the main report, a companion 'in brief' booklet presents highlights in a compact easy-to-use format. Both Australia's health 2016, and Australia's health 2016—in brief are available to purchase in hard-copy, as PDF downloads free of charge, and in HTML formats. Additional material includes education resources, supplementary tables and individual PDFs of feature articles and snapshots. Closing the Gap: Australia is failing to meet its goals on tackling Indigenous disadvantage.

Updated Australia has promised to close the gap between Indigenous and other Australians on health, education and employment.

Closing the Gap: Australia is failing to meet its goals on tackling Indigenous disadvantage

PM Malcolm Turnbull says today's Closing the Gap report is a chance to "recommit to equality". But Australia is failing to meet most of its goals. By Matthew Liddy Target: To close the gap in life expectancy within a generation (by 2031)Indigenous Australians die about 10 years earlier than non-Indigenous Australians, on average.The PM's report says the goal to end that difference is not on track.Indigenous mortality rates have declined 16 per cent since 1998, but that is not fast enough to meet the 2031 goal.

" Target: Halve the gap for Indigenous Australians aged 20 to 24 in year 12 attainment (or equivalent) by 2020.In 2008, the proportion of Indigenous students finishing year 12 was just 45 per cent. Core 1 Pdhpe. Your Health Care Choices - PrivateHealth.gov.au. No evidence homeopathy works, research council finds. A new review has concluded that there is little reliable evidence that hoemopathy is effective.

No evidence homeopathy works, research council finds

A comprehensive review of research on homeopathy has concluded there is no reliable evidence that it is effective in treating health conditions. The findings, released by the National Health and Medical Research Council on Wednesday, are based on an assessment of more than 1800 scientific papers. Homeopathy is a type of complementary medicine based on the idea that substances that produce symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat similar symptoms in a sick person. The Australian Homeopathic Association says homeopathy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including colds, food poisoning, hangovers, travel sickness, skin conditions, hormone imbalances, mood swings, headaches, behavioural problems, digestive problems and arthritis.

While some studies reported that homeopathy was effective, the NHMRC said these were too small or too poorly conducted to confidently draw conclusions. YourHealth - New tobacco graphic health warnings. The key features of the Standard includes an increase in the size of graphic health warnings to cover at least 75 per cent of the front surface of most tobacco product packaging to convey a consistent public health message on the most visible surface of the package.

yourHealth - New tobacco graphic health warnings

The Standard maintains the size of 90 per cent of the back surface for cigarette packaging but requires an increase to 75 per cent of the back surface of most other tobacco products. The policy underpinning the Standard has been informed by consumer research on graphic health warnings and plain packaging. Plain packaging. World watching cigarette packaging case The High Court's decision to uphold world-first plain packaging laws will be closely watched by health regulators around the globe. 15, 2012 The federal government has secured a big win over big tobacco with the High Court ruling Labor's world-first plain packaging laws are constitutionally valid.

The decision is expected to have significant influence globally with both the United Kingdom and New Zealand considering plain packaging. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon with examples of the tobacco plain packaging and warning signs. Health experts have hailed the decision as a major victory for global health. Advertisement It clears the way for the government to impose a ban on all brand marks and logos on cigarettes, to take effect from December this year.

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Diabetes will soon be Australia's number one killer

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