Turning Point is a national addiction treatment centre, dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based treatment to people adversely affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling, integrated with world-leading research and education.
Eastern Health is one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan public health services. We provide a range of emergency, surgical, medical and general healthcare services, including maternity, palliative care, mental health, drug and alcohol, residential care, community health and statewide specialist services to people and communities that are diverse in culture, age, socio-economic status, population and healthcare needs.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a national asset. We are the leading health and welfare statistics agency in Australia, regarded as international leaders in this field. We improve the health and welfare of all Australians by providing information and statistics that can be trusted and used with confidence. Research on the health of our community can help shape and improve the health and welfare services and programs on offer.
The National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project is part of the national effort to address suicide and self-harm in Australia. The AIHW respectfully acknowledges those who have died or have been affected by suicide or intentional self-harm. The website provides regular updates to statistics on deaths by suicide, intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour among Australians, including among different population groups.
The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and illicit drug use among the general population in Australia. It also surveys people’s attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. The survey has been conducted every 2 to 3 years since 1985. The AIHW has been collating and reporting on these surveys since 1998.
The Victorian Population Health Survey program was established in 1998 and collects quality information at the State, regional and local government area levels about the health, lifestyle and wellbeing of adult Victorians aged 18 years and over. The survey follows an established method to collect relevant, timely and valid health information which is applied to policy development and strategic planning. Information is collected via computer assisted telephone interview on overall self-rated health status, level of psychological distress, body mass index (to determine weight status), the presence of chronic diseases, nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption. Information is also collected on participation in screening for bowel cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol and high blood sugar in addition to community participation, levels of social support and connections with others.
The Australian secondary school students’ alcohol and drug (ASSAD) survey occurs every 3 years. In each survey year since 1984, 20,000 to 30,000 secondary students aged between 12 and 17 have taken part in the survey.