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Cover Image

Streptococcus Colony-II,
©Martin Oeggerli, supported by
School of Life Sciences, FHNW.

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Giraffe

Photography

Rob Little – Secretary, Chief Medical Officer

The Mark Agency – Executive Group.

Printing

Union Offset, Canberra

About the Cover
The image is of Streptococcus bacteria used on the cover of the 2012-13 Annual Report.Streptococcus

Streptococcus bacteria are commonly found in the upper respiratory tract of the human body and are usually harmless. However, at other times these bacteria can cause diseases that vary in severity from mild throat infections to life-threatening infections such as meningitis, septicaemia and pneumonia. Transmission of the Streptococcus bacterium occurs via aerosol droplets of saliva or mucus.

According to the World Health Organization, pneumococcal disease is the leading preventable cause of serious illness and death in young children worldwide and otherwise healthy persons over 85 years of age. In Australia, the rate is highest amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Pneumococcal vaccination is provided free of charge to infants and at risk groups, including older Australians, under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) to reduce the incidence of disease. Since the introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine to the NIP at the beginning of 2005, there has been a 77% reduction in the annual rate of invasive pneumococcal disease in children under the age of 5 years. While reductions in the rate of infection are most pronounced in children, decreases in infection have been experienced in all age groups due to the ‘herd immunity’ impacts from the childhood immunisation program.

2012-13 Department of Health and Ageing Annual Report

ISSN: 1447-8722
ISBN: 978-1-74241-997-8
Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-998-5
Publications approval number: 10225

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The primary purpose of this report is to describe the Department’s activities during 2012-13, reporting on the performance and financial information presented in the 2012-13 Health and Ageing

Portfolio Budget Statements, and the 2012-13 Health and Ageing Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. Its aim is to provide readers with a useful and informative picture of the Department’s performance during the last year.