AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration AIHW corporate plan 2015-16 to 2018-19 Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular disease Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions COPD Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Primary health care Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publications Online reports Rate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs AIHW annual reports Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular disease Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Primary health carePrisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR—metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards GovHack Privacy of data Accessing Australian Government health and welfare data
By subjectAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) Child protection Chronic disease indicators Data sources for monitoring health conditionsDeaths Disability
Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General Record of Incidence of Mortality (GRIM) books Height and weight data sources Hospitals Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM) Medical indemnity Mental health Mortality Over Regions and Time (MORT) books National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse
National core maternity indicators (NCMI) National framework for protecting Australia’s children (NFPAC) National indicator catalogue National Youth Information Framework (NYIF) Perinatal data Primary Health Network (PHN) Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Embargoed access to AIHW material Media contacts
You are here:
Staff numbers at primary health-care organisations have increased, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online Services Report-key results 2012-13, provides an overview of 260 Australian Government-fundedorganisations-mainly primary health-care organisations-that aim to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
It presents findings on health services and activities provided, clients seen, staffing levels and challenges faced by these organisations.
The report shows that at primary health-care organisations, the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff employed increased.
'The number of FTE staff employed rose by over 20%, from about 5,500 as at 30 June 2012 to around 6,700 FTE staff as at 30 June 2013,' said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman.
'This led to an increased staff to client ratio. In every remoteness area, there were more staff per 1,000 clients than a year before.'
New analysis suggests some staff affect the number of client contacts more than others. Having more doctors, drivers and Aboriginal health workers significantly increased the average number of contacts per client.
In 2012-13, 205 (79%) organisations provided primary health-care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 98 (38%) organisations provided social and emotional wellbeing or Link Up counselling services and 63 (24%) organisations provided substance-use services. Services were provided through 384 delivery sites, with most (91%) operating 5 days or more per week and 1 in 5 (21%) offering 24-hour emergency care.
Two-thirds of organisations (67%) were Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, 15% were other non-government organisations and 18% were government-run.
Organisations reported service delivery gaps in their communities, with 62% reporting gaps for mental health and social and emotional health and wellbeing.
Recruitment, training and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff (70%) and staffing levels (58%) were reported as key challenges to providing quality services.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 11 August 2014
Further information: Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, tel. (02) 6244 1146, mob. 0407 068 033 (for after-hours contact only)
Full publication: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online Services Report-key results 2012-13