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Australian Health Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The most comprehensive source of Australian statistical information is published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The Statistics tab will take you to the statistics section of the ABS webpage where you can search for statistics by catalogue number, release date, topic or title.

Health is listed as a topic in ABS.

Health Status of Victorians
Includes information about the health and determinants of health of Victorians.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Is the national agency for health and welfare statistics.


Recommended websites

Australian Sports Commission
The government web site for the Australian Sports Commission. It contains information on the organisation of both Australian and international sport.

Healthdirect - Exercise
A healthdirect Australia health information service. Information about different types of exercise and the associated health benefits.

Online Muscle Atlas - Musculoskeletal Radiology
Upper and lower extremity muscle atlas online.

Human Kinetics Physical Activity - Links
Human Kinetics is the biggest publisher of sport and exercise science related books and journals. They maintain a list of web sites which relate to academic and professional aspects of sport and fitness.

MedlinePlus: Sports Injuries
Based on the Medline database, it brings together a list of useful resources in a number of formats including documents, videos and online tutorials.

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
Australian Government site with latest information and updates on banned substances in sport.


World Statistics


Exercise Policy

Analysis & Policy Observatory

This website is described by the publisher as a research database and alert service providing free access to full text research reports and papers, statistics and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation in Australia and New Zealand.


Searching help

The Internet can be an excellent source for finding freely available reports, papers, policy documents, statistics and conference proceedings. These documents are often referred to as being 'grey literature'

However it is important to evaluate all your sources, and in particular those that you find online.

A quick tip for locating Australian statistics, government & academic reports and working papers when using Google is to add either or after your search term. You can also use site:

An example is: diabetes statistics

For more information have a look at the Complex Google searching handout.


Also worth a look

Health and Psychosocial Instruments
HAPI provides access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields.
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