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Full 2020 Chief Health Officer report

The health of Queenslanders (PDF 6747 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 6747 kB), or by sections:

Introduction

Front section (PDF 423 kB)

  • Title page and message from the Chief Health Officer
  • About this report
  • List of abbreviations
  • Contents
  • Key facts at a glance
  • About this report
  • Indicators of progress (XLSX 2553 kB) – data tables for all persons.

Our times – highlights and challenges

Section 1 (PDF 348 kB)

  • Selected challenges
  • Selected highlights.

Our people – a diverse population

Section 2 (PDF 649 kB)

  • Our population and growth
  • Rural, regional and remote Queensland
  • Children
  • Young people
  • Younger and middle-aged adults
  • Older people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Queensland
  • Diversity
  • Broad socioeconomic factors.

Our health– across the lifespan

Section 3 (PDF 1861 kB)

  • Life expectancy
  • Burden of disease and injury
  • Hospitalisations
  • Deaths
  • The first 1,000 days
  • Chronic conditions
  • Cancer
  • Notifiable communicable diseases
  • Injury
  • Dental and oral health
  • Mental health and wellbeing.

Our health services – costs and utilisation

Section 4 (PDF 652 kB)

  • The cost of health care
  • Health service utilisation.

Our lifestyle – risk and protective factors

Section 5 (PDF 2650 kB)

  • Smoking
  • Weight
  • Diet
  • Blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Illicit drugs
  • Physical activity
  • Sun safety
  • Domestic violence and child abuse
  • Immunisation
  • Cancer screening
  • Rest and sleep
  • Road safety
  • Oral health risks
  • Environmental factors.

Our future – the way forward

Section 6 (PDF 363 kB)

  • Our people
  • Our health
  • Our health services
  • Our lifestyles
  • The final word.

End matter

Terminology, definitions, index, references (PDF 246 kB) and Appendix tables (PDF 302 kB)

Supporting documents and resources

Errata

  • Page 29, 2nd paragraph at top of page, 4th line: Reference 115 in the original version amended to * with correct reference provided as a footnote at the bottom of page 29. The correct reference is: “Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. MORT (Mortality Over Regions and Time) books: State and territory, 2014–2018. 2020. Canberra: AIHW.”
  • Page 29, Table 3.16. The table presents 5 years of deaths, not a single year as indicated by the title in the original version. The correct title is “Leading causes of death, Queensland, 2014 – 2018” with reference 115 amended to *. The correct reference is provided as a footnote at the bottom of page 29. The correct reference is: “Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. MORT (Mortality Over Regions and Time) books: State and territory, 2014–2018. 2020. Canberra: AIHW.”
  • Page 32 (call out box at top of page). Wording amended from “There has been a 48% decline in teenage pregnancies in Australia in 2006” to read: “There has been a 48% decline in teenagers giving birth in Australia in 2006” (edited for clarity)
Last updated: 18 February 2021