The AIHW releases data at a range of geographies, including by areas smaller than states and territories. Reporting at these smaller, more ‘local’ areas can show results that may be masked by results for the whole of Australia, or for states and territories — allowing a better understanding for the local community, clinicians, policymakers and researchers.  

Due to the smaller number of results in these smaller areas, and the strict privacy and confidentiality controls applied to data, results are sometimes unable to be reported for all areas in Australia.

Data available at the local level

The AIHW most commonly reports smaller areas by:

  • Primary Health Network (PHN) areas—PHNs are organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area (a PHN area), with the 31 boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health.
  • Statistical Areas—Statistical Areas are a geographical classification defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. They encompass four levels, with increasing size and population: Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1s); Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s); Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s); and Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s).
Primary topic Report1 or resource Geography reported
Alcohol & other drug treatment services, Alcohol, Illicit use of drugs

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia annual report 
16 Jul 2021

PHN
Cancer, Health & welfare expenditure

Health system expenditure on cancer and other neoplasms in Australia, 2015–16 
24 Mar 2021

SA4
Cancer

Cancer statistics for small geographic areas 
18 Oct 2019

PHN, SA3
Cancer, Health care quality & performance

Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013 
19 Apr 2018

PHN, SA3, SA4
Cancer, Cancer, Rural & remote Australians

Cancer Incidence and Mortality Across Regions (CIMAR) books 
14 Dec 2016

PHN, SA3, SA4, GCCSA, PHA
Cancer screening, Cancer

Cancer screening programs: quarterly data 
23 Jun 2021

PHN, SA2, SA3
Chronic disease, Chronic kidney disease, Diabetes, Heart, stroke & vascular diseases

Geographical variation in disease: diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease 
3 Aug 2021

PHN, PHA
Chronic respiratory conditions, Chronic disease, Primary health care

Sleep–related breathing disorders with a focus on obstructive sleep apnoea 
3 Aug 2021

SA3
Dementia, Life expectancy & deaths, Older people

Dementia deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia 
22 Apr 2021

GCCSA
Diabetes, Chronic disease

Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia 
9 Dec 2020

PHN
Health & welfare expenditure, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Patients' out-of-pocket spending on Medicare services 2016–17 
16 Aug 2018

PHN, SA3
Health & welfare expenditure, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2016–17 
7 Jun 2018

PHN, SA3
Health care quality & performance, Health & welfare expenditure, Primary health care

Impacts of COVID-19 on Medicare Benefits Scheme and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme: quarterly data 
27 May 2021

PHN, SA3, GCCSA
Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Coordination of health care for patients aged 45 and over by Primary Health Networks 
1 Apr 2021

PHN
Health care quality & performance, Health & welfare expenditure, Primary health care

Impacts of COVID-19 on Medicare Benefits Scheme and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme service use 
17 Dec 2020

GCCSA
Heart, stroke & vascular diseases

Atrial fibrillation in Australia 
18 Nov 2020

PHN
Homelessness services

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection data cubes 2011–12 to 2019–20 
11 Dec 2020

PHN, SA2, SA3, SA4, LGA
Homelessness services

Specialist Homelessness Services annual report 2018–19 
18 Dec 2019

SA4
Hospitals, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Use of emergency department and GP services, 2013–14 to 2015–16 
17 Aug 2017

PHN, SA3
Illicit use of drugs, Alcohol, Smoking

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016: detailed findings 
28 Sep 2017

PHN, SA4
Immunisation, Children & youth

NPEV: performance report 2019–20 
25 May 2021

SA3
Immunisation, Children & youth, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

HPV immunisation rates in 2015–16 
22 Mar 2018

PHN, SA4
Immunisation, Children & youth, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17 
22 Mar 2018

PHN, SA3, SA4, Postcode
Indigenous Australians, Eye health

Indigenous eye health measures 2021 
1 Sep 2021

PHN, SA3, IREG
Indigenous Australians, Eye health

Indigenous eye health measures 2021: in brief 
1 Sep 2021

PHN, SA3
Indigenous Australians, Indigenous Australians, Primary health care

Indigenous health checks and follow-ups 
2 Jul 2021

PHN, SA3
Indigenous Australians, Mothers & babies

Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to 4 types of maternal hea 
20 Nov 2017

PHN
Indigenous Australians, Rural & remote Australians, Workforce

Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distri 
28 Nov 2016

PHN, SA3
Injury, Hospitals, Rural & remote Australians

Geographical analysis of hospitalised injury and injury deaths data, 2017–18 
31 Aug 2021

PHN
Life expectancy & deaths, Rural & remote Australians

Mortality Over Regions and Time (MORT) books 
25 Jun 2021

PHN, SA3, SA4, GCCSA, LGA
Life expectancy & deaths, Health care quality & performance

Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2015–2017 
2 Aug 2019

PHN, SA3
Mental health services, Mental health services

Mental health services in Australia 
20 Jul 2021

PHN, SA3
Mothers & babies, Men & women

Older Mothers in Australia 2019 
5 Aug 2021

PHN, SA3
Mothers & babies

Australia's mothers and babies 
28 Jun 2021

PHN, SA3
Mothers & babies, Men & women

Stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia 2017–2018 
10 Jun 2021

PHN
Mothers & babies

National Core Maternity Indicators 
27 Oct 2020

PHN, SA3
Mothers & babies

Australia’s mothers and babies 2018—in brief 
29 May 2020

PHN
Mothers & babies, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Child and maternal health in 2014–2016 
25 Oct 2018

PHN, SA3, SA4
Mothers & babies

Teenage mothers in Australia 2015 
2 May 2018

PHN, SA3
Overweight & obesity, Children & youth, Men & women, Risk factors

Overweight and obesity: an interactive insight 
27 Nov 2020

PHN
Overweight & obesity, Health care quality & performance, Risk factors

Overweight and obesity rates across Australia 2014–15 
7 Jun 2018

PHN
Primary health care

Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement Measures: National report on the first year of data 
27 Aug 2021

PHN
Primary health care, Health & welfare expenditure, Health care quality & performance

Medicare-subsidised GP, allied health and specialist health care across local areas: 2013–14 to 2018 
1 Oct 2020

PHN, SA3
Primary health care, Hospitals, Health care quality & performance

Use of emergency departments for lower urgency care: 2015–16 to 2018–19 
2 Jul 2020

PHN, SA3
Primary health care

Patient experiences in Australia by small geographic areas in 2017–18 
25 Feb 2020

PHN
Primary health care, Hospitals, Health care quality & performance

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by age groups and small geograph 
14 Nov 2019

PHN, SA3
Primary health care, Health care quality & performance

Coordination of health care – experiences with GP care among patients 2016 
26 Jul 2018

PHN
Risk factors, Alcohol, Health care quality & performance, Physical activity, Primary health care, Risk factors, Smoking

Health risk factors in 2014–15 
30 Nov 2017

PHN

Note

1. Where the report is part of a series or has updated a previous release, only the latest edition is listed.