Australian Health Measurement Survey (AHMS) - AHMS Working Paper Series Nos. 1-8

AHMS - A national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia: Issues for consideration

AHMS Working Paper  No. 1

Published: 2003

National population health surveys containing a component of physical measurement have been used both in Australia and overseas to add to the information about the state of health of a population and to complement research into particular issues, diseases or directions in health policy. This short paper outlines some of the issues that require consideration as part of the initial scoping of these types of surveys in general, and will report briefly on some of the models that have been used overseas.

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia

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AHMS - Selecting health indicators in population health: Notes on choosing health indicators for a National Biomedical Risk Factor Survey

AHMS Working Paper No. 2

Published: 2003

In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in the development of a national indicator set to monitor and report on the state of the population's health. It is envisaged that this type of information will help to evaluate the effectiveness of various health services and public health programs and assist in planning new or targeted public health interventions. A biomedical risk factor survey, if repeated over time, could produce valuable indicators for inclusion in a national set. The purpose of this paper is to outline a broad framework for a population health indicator set in order to examine the place of a biomedical risk factor survey. A process for selecting indicators is also outlined.

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia.

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AHMS - Measures that could be included in a Biomedical Risk Factor Survey: A summary of physical measures used in other surveys

AHMS Working Paper No. 3

Published: 2003

This paper is a brief review of measures that have been used (or proposed) in health measurement surveys internationally, and the resulting list.

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia.

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AHMS - Ethical considerations for a proposed program of National Population Health Surveys using objective measures for Australia

AHMS Working Paper No. 4

Published: 2003

The purpose of this paper is to identify a range of ethical considerations that arise as part of the design of a proposed program of national population health surveys using objective measures, the Australian Health Measurement Survey (AHMS) program. A number of broad issues emerge that require discussion and resolution.

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia. Authored by PHIDU

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AHMS - The selection of population groups by age for a National Population Health Survey using objective measures

AHMS Working Paper No. 5

Published: 2003

This paper identifies a range of age groups in the population that might be included in a proposed Australian Health Measurement Survey (AHMS) program.

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia.

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AHMS - Population in scope for the Australian Health Measurement Survey Program resulting from use of the Australian Bureau of Statistics sampling method

AHMS Working Paper No. 6

Published: 2003

This paper identifies the current scope of the population using the Australian Bureau of Statistics sampling method. It identifies those sub-groups that are excluded, and discusses the need to avoid exclusion of the sparsely settled areas. The paper includes a table on population estimates by ARIA category and sparsely settled areas.

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia.

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AHMS - Australian Health Measurement Survey: An example with a focus on metabolic syndrome and mental health

AHMS Working Paper No. 7

Published: 2003

This paper outlines the objectives of the Australian Health Measurement Survey (see Sections 1 and 2), and presents an example with its content and design that could be used for the first survey in the program series (from Section 3 onwards).

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia.

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AHMS - A proposal for the Australian Health Measurement Survey Program [Business Case]

AHMS Working Paper No. 8

Published: 2003

This document is the Business Case for the Australian Health Measurement Survey (AHMS) program proposal that was prepared for presentation to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) on May 2002. The associated appendices are also included.

The papers in the AHMS Working Paper Series were prepared by PHIDU staff as background material to the development of a national biomedical risk factor survey for Australia.

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