The Prevention and Population Health Unit within the Victorian Department of Health have recently released its Health Status Atlas. The Atlas provides a snapshot of health for each Local Government Area using key health indicators and enables comparison locally, regionally and over time. It allows easy access to all health datasets and presents this information in a clear and easy to understand format.
The Health Status Atlas presents data geographically in interactive maps and the data will be updated constantly.
The Atlas can be used to compare and contrast different areas within the Department of Health regions and each of the 79 local government areas to determine priorities and highlight key health issues.
Grampians Region Statistics
The Grampians Region of Victoria currently contains a population of approximately 225,000 people, up from 215,000 in 2006. The estimated resident population for the Grampians, which extends from Melton in the east to the South Australian border in the west, is expected to rise to 247,000 by 2020. This will place an enormous burden on health services including cancer services, as the incidence of cancer is expected to rise also.
On average, over the past 5 years, 1173 people have been newly diagnosed with cancer per year in the Grampians Region alone. In the same time-frame, 479 cancer-related deaths have occured in this region per year.
More data will follow in the near future..