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    Cathy Watson

    Hi there,

    I am wondering how the smoking data was calculated. According to your table above the ACT places in the top 10 for the percentage of adults who smoke daily. This is hard to reconcile with our adult smoking rate of 9.9% (the lowest in Australia).
    The 9.9% figure comes from the AIHW National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016 data: Table7.1: Daily tobacco smokers, people aged 18 years and older, by state/territory, 1998 to 2016.
    Can you advise why the ACT is placed in the top 10 for this risk factor please?

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    Elisabeth Hammond

    The Inverse Care Law is no more prevalent than in maternity care. The funding system actually prevents appropriate, cost effective, evidence based primary care and favours a specialist model. Considering childbirth is the highest volume area of health what is being done to seriously address this. Medicare funding has been available for Midwives since 2009 and has not been utilised as it should. Community models will enhance outcomes, reduce costs and may impact on the fact that suicide is a leading cause of maternal death in Australia. I would like to see Jennifer look at this.


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