A Social Health Atlas of South Australia [Third Edition]

Published: March 2006

This third edition of A Social Health Atlas of South Australia updates the information on social, economic and health inequalities presented in the earlier editions, and provides a range of new indicators. From the time of the publication of the first atlas, the data in this atlas show demographic change in population groups, and both improvements in circumstances and evidence of greater inequality.

Authored by PHIDU

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1 Introduction

2 Methods

3 Regional profile

4 Demography and socioeconomic status
  • Age distribution
  • Total fertility rate
  • Families: single parent; low income; jobless
  • Labour force: unemployment; unskilled and semi-skilled workers; female labour force participation
  • People who used the Internet at home
  • Education: full-time participation in secondary school eduation at age 16 years; SACE subject achievement scores
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People born in predominantly non-English speaking countries: resident in Australia for five years or more/ for less than five years; poor proficiency in English
  • Housing: dwellings rented from the SA Housing Trust; rent assistance
  • Transport: dwellings with no motor vehicle
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage
5 Income support payments
  • Age pensioners
  • Disability support pensioners
  • Female sole support pensioners
  • People receiving an unemployment benefit
  • Children in welfare dependent families
6 Health status and risk factors
  • Perinatal: low birthweight babies; pregnancy outcomes; termination of pregnancy; smoking during pregnancy
  • Immunisation status at one year of age
  • Overweight and obesity in childhood: overweight (not obese)/ obese 4 year old boys
  • Dental health of 12 year old children: decayed, missing or filled teeth
  • Prevalence estimates for self-assessed health, chronic disease and associated risk factors
    • Chronic disease and injury prevalence: respiratory system diseases; asthma; circulatory system diseases; diabetes type 2; mental and behavioural problems; musculoskeletal system diseases; arthritis; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; injury
    • Self-reported health: very high psychological distress (K-10); fair or poor health
    • Risk factor prevalence: overweight (not obese)/ obese males; overweight (not obese)/ obese females; smoking; physical inactivity; high health risk due to alcohol consumed
  • Cancer incidence: all cancers; lung; female breast; prostate
  • Deaths
    • Premature: infant; males/ females aged 15 to 64 years
    • Avoidable mortality
  • Burden of disease: Health Adjusted Life Expectancy males/ females; Years of Life Lost; Years of Life Lost to Disability

7 Use of services

Community-based services
  • Community services: community health services; community mental health services; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Department for Families and Communities' clients
  • Home and Community care: Domiciliary Care; home nursing (RDNS); home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels)
  • Screening services: breast screening participation/ outcomes; cervical screening participation/ outcomes
Medical services
  • General medical practitioners: population per GP; GP services to males/ females
  • Emergency department attendances: attendances at Accident & Emergency departments of public acute hospitals
  • Outpatient department attendances: public acute hospitals
  • Specialist medical practitioners: consultations
  • Private health insurance
  • Hospital admissions: total; public acute; private; males; females; tonsillectomy; myringotomy; Caesarean section; hysterectomy

Hospital booking lists: people waiting for more than six months

8 Correlation analysis

9 Summary of trends




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