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Full 2018 Chief Health Officer report

The health of Queenslanders (PDF 3227 kB) is a report on the health status of the population from the Chief Health Officer (CHO).

The report has 3 objectives:

  • to provide a public assessment of the health status of the population
  • to be a reference document for health practitioners in Queensland
  • to inform strategic policy and planning within Queensland Health.

We are committed to informing Queenslanders about the performance of the health system through regular reporting on the health status and burden of disease of the state's population.

For more information, email Population_Epidemiology@health.qld.gov.au

Report by section

Read the Full report (PDF 3227 kB), or by sections:

Introduction

Front section (PDF 493 kB):

  • Title page and message from the Chief Health Officer
  • Contents
  • Key facts at a glance: all persons, females, males, older Queenslanders (infographic)
  • About this report
  • Indicators of progress (XLSX 2473 kB) – data tables for all persons, males and females.

What does the future hold?

Chapter 1 (PDF 103 kB):

  • The past 10 years
  • Looking ahead to the next 10 years
  • Action to manage our future burden.

Queensland's population

Chapter 2 (PDF 107 kB):

  • Growing and ageing
  • Children and young people
  • Indigenous Queenslanders
  • Population growth
  • Employment
  • Disabilities
  • Diversifying
  • Selected highlights from the regions
  • Where will we be in the future?

Burden of disease and injury

Chapter 3 (PDF 109 kB):

  • Queensland burden of disease
  • Indigenous Queenslander burden of disease
  • Australia and international rankings.

Lifetime health

Chapter 4 (PDF 451 kB):

  • Living longer
  • Living with disability
  • Getting a healthy start
  • Life course: children and adults
  • The health of Indigenous Queenslanders — including a case study
  • Environments to support healthy lifestyles
  • Selected highlights from the regions.

Death and dying

Chapter 5 (PDF 159 kB):

  • Causes of death
  • Dying early or in later years
  • Major trends
  • Lifestyle related differences
  • Selected highlights from the regions
  • National and international comparisons.

The growing hospital burden

Chapter 6 (PDF 229 kB):

  • Headline hospital statistics
  • Hospitalisations for Indigenous Queenslanders
  • Leading specific causes for admitted patients
  • Hospitalisations associated with preventable causes
  • Selected highlights from the regions
  • Where will we be in 2026?
  • National comparisons.

The cost of delivering health

Chapter 7 (PDF 222 kB):

  • Health system expenditure
  • Cost by disease group
  • Selected trends
  • Spending over the life course
  • Future health costs
  • Expenditure on health for Indigenous Australians
  • Economic benefits of prevention and healthy lifestyles
  • International comparisons.

Risk and protective factors

Chapter 8 (PDF 1608 kB):

  • Smoking – including a case study
  • Food and nutrition – including a case study
  • Weight status – including a case study
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical activity – including a case study
  • Dental and oral health – including a case study
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Sun safety
  • Cancer screening
  • Illicit drug use
  • Immunisation
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Environmental risks.

End matter

Terminology, definitions, index, and references (PDF 190 kB).

Supporting documents and resources

Errata

24 May 2019

Corrections to The health of Queenslanders 2018 report:

  • Page 42: Infographic for hospital admissions corrected to 1 in 5 or 22% of the population (from 1 in 4 or 22% of the population)
  • Page 65, Figure 23 for children: labelling for vegetables corrected to 0.6% healthy foods and 0.7% unhealthy foods. Note the correct percentages were included in Table 18 (page 67).
  • Page 91: The number of hours of physical activity for school children corrected to 4.5 hours during free time and 3.6 hours at school.

15 January 2019

Corrections to the Hospital and Health Services profile booklet:

  • Page 15 (Darling Downs) n.s. was missing from smoking prevalence: corrected to 5% higher n.s.
  • Page 17 (Gold Coast) n.s. was missing from smoking prevalence: corrected to 14% lower n.s.
  • Page 21 (Metro North) n.s. was missing from smoking prevalence: corrected to 17% lower n.s.
  • Page 23 (Metro South) n.s. was missing from smoking prevalence: corrected to 5% lower n.s.
  • Page 29 (Sunshine Coast) n.s. was missing from smoking prevalence: corrected to 18% lower n.s.
  • Page 31 (Torres and Cape) n.s. was missing from smoking prevalence: corrected to 18% higher n.s.
  • Page 33 (Townsville) n.s. was missing from smoking prevalence: corrected to 6% higher n.s.

Note that correct notation was included in Table 1 (page 3) and the ranking graph (page 38). The PDF of the HHS booklet available for download from the website has been updated to include the complete 'n.s.’ notation.

Last updated: 14 June 2019