ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ACIR Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
ACT Australian Capital Territory
ACTGHS ACT General Health Survey
ACTPANS ACT Year 6 Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey
AEDC Australian Early Development Census
AHS Australian Health Survey
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AMC Alexander Maconochie Centre
ANU Australian National University
APC Admitted Patient Care
ASFR Age Specific Fertility Rate
ASGS  Australian Statistical Geography Standard
ASR Age-standardised rate
ASVS Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule
ASSAD Australian Secondary Students Alcohol and Drug Survey
BBV Blood-borne viruses
BMI Body mass index
BOD Burden of disease
CATI Computer-assisted telephone interview
CHD Coronary (ischaemic) heart disease
CHN Capital Health Network
CHeReL Centre for Health Record Linkage
CI  Confidence interval
COAG Council of Australian Governments
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CVD Cardiovascular disease
DALY Disability-adjusted life year
DoH Department of Health (Commonwealth)
DRG Diagnostic related group
DTP  Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis combined vaccine (also called triple antigen vaccine)
EDIS Emergency Department Information System
ERASS Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey
ERP Estimated resident population
ESRD  End-stage renal disease
ETS Environmental tobacco smoke
FTE Full-time equivalents
FWE Full-time workforce equivalents
GP General practitioner
GRIM books General Record of Incidence and Mortality Books (AIHW)
GSAHS Greater Southern Area Health Service  
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HPS Health Protection Service
HPV Human papilloma virus
ICD-9-CM International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification
ICD-10 International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision
ICD-10-AM International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Australian Modification
K10 Kessler Psychological Distress Scale -10
MBS Medicare Benefits Schedule
microg/dL  Micrograms per decilitre
MMR Measles, mumps and rubella (used in reference to vaccines)
na not available
np not publishable
NCSP National Cervical Screening Program
NDARC National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
NDSS National Diabetes Service Scheme
NDSHS National Drug Strategy Household Survey
NGO Non Government Organisation
NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council
NHS National Health Survey 
NMDS National Minimum Data Set
NPESU National Perinatal and Epidemiology Statistics Unit
NSP Needle Syringe Program
OECD  Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
PBS Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
PM2.5 Particulate matter of less than 2.5 microns in diameter
PM10 Particulate matter of less than 10 microns in diameter
PPH Potentially preventable hospitalisation
PSA Prostate specific antigen
RPA Radiation Protection Act 2006 (ACT)
RPR Radiation Protection Regulation 2007 (ACT)
RSE Relative Standard Error
RSI Relative Stay Index
SA Level 1 to 4 (SA1, SA2, SA3 and SA4) Australian Bureau of Statistics Statistical Area
SAAP Supported Accommodation Assistance Program
SEIFA  Australian Bureau of Statistics Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas
SCRGSP Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision
SPF30 Sun Protection Factor 30 (skin will not burn until it has been exposed to 30 times the amount of solar energy that would normally cause it to burn).
STI Sexually transmitted infection
TAMS Territory and Municipal Services
CHHS Canberra Hospital and Health Services
TFR Total Fertility Rate
Type 1 diabetes Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Type 2 diabetes Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
URF  Unit Record File
VPD Vaccine preventable disease
WHO World Health Organization
Winnunga Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
YLD  Years of healthy life lost due to disability
YLL Years of life lost