Men's health and wellbeing in South Australia

An analysis of service use and outcomes by socioeconomic status

Published: 2009

Men's health and wellbeing in South Australia: An analysis of service use and outcomes by socioeconomic status was commissioned by the South Australian Department of Health (SA Health) to address the following question:

'Are there populations of South Australian men who underutilise a range of health services, particularly primary health care services, and, as a consequence, experience a disproportionate burden of disease?'

In response, this report provides an analysis of South Australian men's health and medical service use by age and socioeconomic status. In doing so, it highlights areas where further planning of programs and services may be required and likely directions for improving men's health across the population, through targeted public policy.

Authored by PHIDU


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1. Introduction

2. Overview

3. Demography and socioeconomic status

4. Men's use of services

  • Community health services
  • Community mental health services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Domiciliary care services
  • Royal District Nursing Service
  • Community dental services and dental health: Adults aged 18 years and over; Dental health of 12 year old children
  • General practitioner services
  • 45 Year Old Health Check
  • Accident and Emergency Department attendances
  • Hospital admissions: Total admissions; Cancer; Mental and behavioural disorders; Circulatory system diseases; Respiratory system diseases; Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissues; Injuries; Tonsillectomy
  • Hospital admissions: Aboriginal population: Total admissions; Diabetes mellitus; Alcohol-related conditions; Smoking-related conditions
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalisations: All Ambulatory-Care Sensitive conditions; Diabetes complications'

5. Prevalence of selected chronic diseases

  • Mental and behavioural problems
  • Mood (affective) problems

6. Prevalence of selected risk factors

  • Current smokers
  • Overweight (not obese)
  • Obesity

7. Indidence of cancer

  • Cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer

8. Disability

9. Premature and avoidable mortality

  • Premature mortlaity - All causes; Cancer; Circulatory system diseases; Respiratory system diseases; External causes; Other causes
  • Avoidable mortality

10. Burden of Disease

  • Health-Adjusted Life Expectancy
11. Correlation analysis

12. References


Data sources

Key Maps