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released: 6 Mar 2006

This is the second national summary report on the refined set of 56 health performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The indicators are designed to provide an assessment of whether the health of Indigenous people is improving and to highlight problem areas that Australia's health system should address as high priorities. This report, like many previous reports, draws attention to the relatively poor quality of the data on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This means that comprehensive comparisons between states and territories are not yet possible.

ISBN 978 1 74024 383 4; Cat. no. IHW 16; 280pp.; $33.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (178K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgements
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Executive summary
  • Sections
    • Introduction (95K PDF)
      • Background
      • The conceptual framework
      • Quality and limitations of the indicators
      • Future reports
      • Structure of the report
    • Government inputs (301K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Indicator 1. Efforts to improve identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in data collections
      • Indicator 2. Government expenditure on health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      • Indicator 4. Government expenditure on, and description of selected health promotion programs
    • Determinants of health - social equity (232K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Indicator 5. Life expectancy at birth
      • Indicator 6. Infant mortality rate
      • Indicator 7. Income poverty
      • Indicator 8. Completed secondary school education
      • Indicator 9. Employment status
      • Indicator 10. Housing with utilities
      • Indicator 11. People in prison custody
      • Indicator 12. The development of governance capacity in health
      • Indicator 13. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation on health/hospital boards
      • Indicator 14. Reporting of complaints in hospitals
    • Determinants of health - access to services (301K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Indicator 15. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health services
      • Indicator 16. Distance to a primary health care centre
      • Indicator 17. Distance to a hospital
      • Indicator 18. Access to primary health care services -small homeland communities and outstations
      • Indicator 19. Management of key conditions
      • Indicator 20. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health workforce
      • Indicator 21. Higher education and training in key health professions
      • Indicator 22. Workforce availability in primary health care services
      • Indicator 23. Workforce availability in hospitals
      • Indicator 24. Cross-cultural training for hospital staff
    • Determinants of health - risk markers (226K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Indicator 25. Pap smear screening
      • Indicator 26. Childhood immunisation rates
      • Indicator 28. Low-birthweight infants
      • Indicator 29. Smoking prevalence
      • Indicator 30. Alcohol consumption
      • Indicator 31. Overweight and obesity
      • Indicator 32. Child abuse and neglect
      • Indicator 35. Injuries presenting to hospital accident and emergency facilities
    • Outcomes for people (418K PDF)
      • Introduction
      • Indicator 37. Notification rates for vaccine-preventable diseases
      • Indicator 38. Notification rates for meningococcal disease
      • Indicator 39. Notification rates for sexually transmissible diseases
      • Indicator 40. Ratios for all hospitalisations
      • Indicator 41. Hospitalisation ratios for circulatory diseases
      • Indicator 42. Hospitalisation ratios for injury and poisoning
      • Indicator 43. Hospitalisation ratios for respiratory diseases and lung cancer
      • Indicator 44. Hospitalisation ratios for diabetes
      • Indicator 45. Hospitalisation ratios for tympanoplasty associated with otitis media
      • Indicator 46. Hospitalisation ratios for mental health conditions
      • Indicator 47. Children's hearing loss (293K PDF)
      • Indicator 48. Stillbirths to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers
      • Indicator 49. Early adult death
      • Indicator 50. Age- and sex - specific all cause death rates and ratios
      • Indicator 51. Standardised mortality ratios for all causes
      • Indicator 52. Standardised mortality ratios for circulatory diseases
      • Indicator 53. Standardised mortality ratios for injury and poisoning
      • Indicator 54. Standardised mortality ratios for respiratory diseases and lung cancer
      • Indicator 55. Standardised mortality ratios for diabetes
      • Indicator 56. Standardised mortality ratios for cervical cancer
  • End matter (186K PDF)
    • Appendix 1
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • References

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Recommended citation

AIHW 2006. National summary of the 2003 and 2004 jurisdictional reports against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance indicators. Cat. no. IHW 16. Canberra: AIHW.