How are priority issues for Australia’s health identified? analyses the use of epidemiology and the principles of social justice in the identification of priority health issues in Australia. This critical question lays the foundation for the rest of Health Priorities in Australia. It has a focus on how health information is collected and who uses this information. It is important to know the limitations of the data collected as epidemiology can only tell us particular things about health, often the how? and the what?, but not the why?
How are priority issues for Australia’s health identified? requires you to read and understand tables and graphs. These are often presenting trends in Australia’s health, such as the decreasing smoking rate or the increasing occurrence of type 2 diabetes.
In the identification of priority health issues, you need to understand how epidemiology is combined with other issues, such as costs and social justice issues in order to determine what the priority health issues are.
How are priority issues for Australia’s health identified? only has two (2) dot points.
You should also pay attention to the teacher note provided for this critical question. It states:
Teacher Note: Students do not need to know the latest statistics on the rates of illness and death. It is only important that they understand trends such as whether the prevalence of leading causes is on the increase, decrease or stable.
This means you don’t have to memorise numbers, just pay attention to the current trends. For more not eh teacher note see here.