Population health statistics

This webpage contains reports and fact sheets that:

  • describe the health status of the Western Australian community
  • identify health disparities of various population sub-groups
  • provide geo-spatial distributions of specific health outcomes and determinants
  • monitor trends in health status and health care delivery
  • evaluate the impact of intervention programs relating to disease and risk factors.

We collect data from various sources, providing important information that helps identify and address critical and emerging health issues. Through collaboration with health service planners, policy makers and research groups we provide information that is used to design and evaluate health programs.

Drug and alcohol related harm reports

The Drug and Alcohol Office in collaboration with WA Health have produced 10 reports on alcohol related hospitalisations and deaths in Western Australia.

Access reports about alcohol related hospitalisations and deaths in Western Australia (external site).

Health overviews

Chief Health Officer's Report 2010

The inaugural Chief Health Officer's Report 2010 provides an in-depth examination of the health status of the WA population and examines trends over the past 150 years.

The report demonstrates the vital role both public health interventions and the delivery of modern clinical care services play in containing the impact of disease and improving health outcomes.

Read the Chief Health Officer's Report 2010.

Health surveys

The WA Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System (HWSS) is a continuous data collection that was developed to monitor the health and wellbeing of Western Australians. Each month, more than 550 people throughout Western Australia are interviewed.

See these surveys.


Epidemiology of injury in Western Australia, 2000-2008

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology of injury in Western Australia from 2000 to 2008. Its purpose is to describe the magnitude of the injury problem; trends; characteristics of the population at risk, including socioeconomic and environmental factors; and the impact of injury on health service use. It continues and expands upon the previous “Epidemiology of Injury in Western Australia 1989 to 2000” and the national reports produced by the National Injury Surveillance Unit and will inform government and non-government programs, policies and services to address this major public health problem.

Health determinants

The cost of excess body mass to the acute hospital system in Western Australia 2011

A cost of illness study was performed using 18 harms that are attributable in part, or wholly, to excess body mass. A proportion attributable to excess body weight was calculated for each harm to determine the cost from inpatient separations and emergency department presentations.

Read The cost of excess body mass to the acute hospital system in Western Australia report 2011.

Burden of Disease: The burden of disease and injury attributed to preventable risks to health in Western Australia, 2006 (April 2010)

This report quantifies the burden of disease and injury in Western Australia in 2006 that could have been prevented if nine preventable health risk factors were reduced to a level that is considered a theoretical minimum. The risk factors chosen were limited to public health priority areas, namely tobacco, alcohol, physical inactivity, illicit drugs, inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption, unsafe sex, high body mass, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

Read the Burden of Disease report (PDF 302KB).

Specific health studies

Bellevue Health Surveillance Register: Follow-up study

In 2001 a fire occurred at a hazardous waste and solvent recycling facility in Bellevue. It was estimated that the facility had up to 500,000 litres of chemicals and toxic solvents in storage. Fire and emergency services responded to the fire and over 50 local residents were evacuated.

An inquiry following the fire recommended that the Department of Health establish a register to monitor the health of those exposed to detect any long term health effects which might arise from the fire.

Read the Bellevue Health Surveillance Register: Follow-up study.

Impact of Phenol-based Cleaners and Royal Perth Hospital

Staff at both the Wellington Street and Shenton Park campuses of Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) reported that phenol-based cleaners caused a range of symptoms. Of greater concern, is the belief that there is an increase in cancer incidence among these staff.

An occupational cohort analysis was conducted to determine if an excess of cancer cases or deaths occurred among Patient Support Services (PSS) staff at RPH compared to the Perth Metropolitan population from 1983 to 2008.

Read the Impact of Phenol-based Cleaners at Royal Perth Hospital Report.

More information

While this page has been designed to provide easy access to a wide range of health data, we welcome constructive comments about our site in order to continually improve our online services. Please send them to epi@health.wa.gov.au

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