Abbreviation List


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ABDS Australian Burden of Disease Study
ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ACT Australian Capital Territory
AIDS Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AIR Australian Immunisation Register
AMR Antimicrobial resistance
ARDMB Aeromedical Retrieval and Disaster Management Branch
ARF Acute rheumatic fever
ART Antiretroviral therapy
ASR Age-standardised rate
ASSAD Australian Secondary School Alcohol and Drug Survey
ATAGI Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation
AURA Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia


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BCC Basal cell carcinoma
BE Bronchiectasis   
BITRE Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics
BMI Body mass index
BP Blood pressure
BPG Benzathine penicillin g
BSQ BreastScreen Queensland


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CA Congenital anomaly
CALD Culturally and linguistically diverse
CAQ Cancer Alliance Queensland, Queensland Health
CDINS Communicable disease incident of national significance
CDNA Communicable Disease Network Australia
CEA Cost-effectiveness analysis
CHD Coronary heart disease
CHO Chief Health Officer
CHQ Children's Health Queensland
CI Confidence interval
COAG Council of Australian Governments
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COVID-19 Coronavirus disease (Also see: SARS-CoV-2)
CUA Cost-utility analysis
CVD Cardiovascular disease


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DALY Disability-adjusted life year
DMFS Decayed, missing and filled surfaces
DMFT Decayed, missing and filled teeth
DS Decayed surfaces
dTpa Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis acellular vaccine
DWQMP Drinking Water Quality Management Plan


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ED Emergency department
eHQ eHealth Queensland
EMS Extended mutation screening


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FASD Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
FOBT Faecal occult blood test
FS Filled surfaces


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GBD Global burden of disease
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GP General Practitioner


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HALE Health adjusted life expectancy
HALY Health adjusted life years
HCC Health Contact Centre
HHS Hospital and Health Services
Hib Haemophilus influenzae type b
HIV Human immunodeficiency virus
HPV Human papillomavirus
HRQoL Health related quality of life
HVAC Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning


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ICD International classification of diseases
ICD-10-AM International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification
ICU Intensive care unit
IHACPA Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority


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JE Japanese encephalitis
JEV Japanese encephalitis virus


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LGA Local Government Area
LGBTIQ+ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed and queer
LOTE Language other than English


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MDR-TB Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis
MMR Meales-mumps-rubella
MSM Men who have sex with men


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NATSIHS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
NAUSP National Antimicrobial Usage Surveillance Program
NBCSP National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
NBS Newborn bloodspot screening
NCD Non-communicable disease
NCSP National Cervical Cancer Screening Program
NDLD Notifiable dust lung disease
NDSHS National Drug Strategy Household Survey
NGO Non-government organisation
NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council
NHS National Health Survey
NIP National Immunisation Program
NMSC Non-melanoma skin cancer
NOCS Notifiable Conditions System
NPCR National Partnership on COVID-19 response


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OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OHHLEP One Health High-Level Expert Panel
OHS Office of Hospital Sustainability
OSA Obstructive sleep apnoea


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PA Physical activity
PAD Potentially avoidable death
PALY Productivity-adjusted life year
PHEIC Public health emergency of international concern
PHIDU Public Health Information Development Unit (Torrens University)
PHN Primary health networks
PHU Public Health Unit
PIC Poisons Information Centre
PM Particulate matter
POA Postal areas
POCT Point of care blood lead testing
PPE Personal protective equipment
PPH Potentially preventable hospitalisations
PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder


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QALY Quality adjusted life years
QAOHS Queensland Alliance of One Health Sciences
QCH Queensland Children's Hospital
QHAPDC Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection
QoL Quality of life
QPDC Queensland Perinatal Data Collection
QSAMPS Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program


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RA Rheumatoid arthritis
RFDS Royal Flying Doctor Service
RHD Rheumatic heart disease
RSV Respiratory syncytial virus
RTDs Ready to drink beverages


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SARS-CoV-2 Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
SCC Squamous cell carcinoma
SCID Severe combined immunodeficiency
SDG Sustainable Development Goal
SEIFA Socio-Economic Indexes For Areas
SES Socioeconomic status
SCID Severe combined immunodeficiency
SIP School Immunisation Program
SMA Spinal muscular atrophy
SPF Sun protection factor
SRH Self-rated health
SSB Statistical Services Branch, Queensland Health
STI Sexually transmitted infection


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TB Tuberculosis
TBI Traumatic brain injury
TGA Therapeutic Goods Administration
TSCI Traumatic spinal cord injury
TTIQ Test, trace, isolate and quarantine


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UN United Nations
UVR Ultraviolet radiation


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VBHC Value-based health care
VET Vocation Educational Training
VoC Variants of concern


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WHO World Health Organization


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YLD Years lived with disability
YLL Years of life lost

Last updated: March 2023