Elsevier Australia’s New Health Science Statistics Textbook Makes Stats 100% Interesting

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‘Vital Statistics: an introduction to health science statistics’ will help health science students understand and value statistics – both in the real world and in the exam hall.

Vital Statistics by McKenzie and McKenzie

'Vital Statistics': friendly, familiar and foolproof...

By making statistics interesting for today’s health science students, the authors will arm them not only with knowledge but also with that ‘modern life skill’ that helps shape the practitioners of tomorrow.

A new local publication from Elsevier Australia will help the nation’s health science students understand the whys, hows and whens of health science statistics.

'Vital Statistics: an introduction to health science statistics' establishes the importance of understanding statistics; presenting it as a ‘modern life skill’ rather than an academic discipline, and demonstrating its usefulness in the real world, as well as in stats exams.

Written specifically for health science students, 'Vital Statistics' relies on local and health-related examples.

The authors, Dr Stephen McKenzie and Dr Dean McKenzie, have dubbed the book ‘friendly, familiar and foolproof’, and indeed their use of clear, plain language helps simplify concepts that may, at first, seem irrelevant to students contemplating careers as health practitioners.

'Vital Statistics: an introduction to health science statistics' explores the way data relates to information, and how information relates to knowledge.

The book shows students how to use health science statistics to distinguish information from disinformation, while addressing the importance of probability and examining the difference between qualitative and quantitative methods.

This conveniently sized Australian statistics textbook delves deeper into the statistical field, covering inferential statistics, and showing students how to infer from samples to populations.

The authors walk their readers through the appropriate application and interpretation of statistical measures of difference and association, and acknowledge the vital importance of computers in the statistical analysis of data.

With their evident passion for the discipline, the doctors McKenzie hope to succeed where others perhaps have not.

By making statistics interesting for today’s health science students, the authors of 'Vital Statistics' will arm them not only with knowledge but also with that ‘modern life skill’ that helps shape the practitioners of tomorrow.

Purchase your copy of 'Vital Statistics' online


Stephen McKenzie, BA (Hons), PhD (Psychology).
Dr Stephen McKenzie is the Research and Evaluation Officer to the City of Greater Geelong’s implementation of the Australian federal, state and local governments’ ‘Healthy Together’ preventive health initiative.
Previously, he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at Deakin University’s School of Psychology.

Dean McKenzie, BA(Hons), PhD
Dr Dean McKenzie is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne’s Monash University. He is also a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postdoctoral Fellow and an Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.


Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Nursing Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, whichhelp research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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