Every two years the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare releases a wide-ranging report card on the nation’s health. This booklet provides highlights from the latest such report, Australia’s health 2010, and shows the story that they tell.

As a short version, this booklet has to be very selective. It cannot cover all the important aspects of health. But it does aim to present some key points from the main report and to show the great scope for prevention and other advances. The booklet makes some extra points as well, drawn from the Institute’s data sources or its other reports.

We hope readers will consult Australia’s health 2010 or contact the Institute to explore topics in greater depth.