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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a Commonwealth statutory authority providing high-quality, independent evidence on health and welfare in Australia for over 30 years. Our data, products and services enhance the delivery of health and welfare for Australians by enabling other organisations to design, review and improve their policies and services through the better use of reliable evidence.

Mrs Louise Markus, Board Chair

Mr Barry Sandison, Chief Executive Officer

Our vision: Stronger evidence, better decisions, improved health and welfare.

Our History

1984

Australian Institute of Health created within the Commonwealth Department of Health

1987

Australian Institute of Health established by legislation as an independent Commonwealth statutory authority

1988

First edition of Australia’s health

1992

Welfare functions added and name changed to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

1993

First edition of Australia’s welfare

2001

Ethics Committee enabled in the AIHW Act

2012

Accredited as an Integrating Authority to undertake linkage of sensitive Commonwealth data

2016

Took over reporting of the Performance and Accountability Framework following the closure of the National Health Performance Authority

2018

AIHW Act amended to enhance the composition of the Board and streamline operations

2018–19 highlights

Revenue

$78 million

Staff

498

Data collections

>150

Products released

181

Data linkage activities

72

Custom data requests

208

Media mentions

6,167

Web hits

4.1 million

Twitter followers

18,200