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.  

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 boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health. There are 31 PHN areas that cover the whole of Australia.
  • 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).

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.

The latest health indicators are available under the Australian Health Performance Framework topic. These indicators can be disaggregated and analysed through selected population groups (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and provide a rich source of information at the national, State and Territory and local levels (where data available).

Health indicators

Australia's health performance framework indicator data by National, State & Territory and Primary Health Network

View other PHN health indicators under the Healthy community indicators topic.

The following table shows data available at the local level.

Primary topic Report1 or resource Geography reported
Alcohol, Smoking, Illicit use of drugs

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

PHN area, SA4
Alcohol & other drug treatment services

Alcohol and Other Drug treatment Services in Australia 2018–19
26 Jun 2020

PHN area
Behaviours & risk factors

Health risk factors in 2014–15
30 Nov 2017

PHN area
Cancer

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

GCCSA, PHA, PHN area, SA3, SA4
Cancer

Cancer incidence and mortality in Australia by small geographic areas 
18 Oct 2019

PHN area, SA3
Cancer

Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013
19 Apr 2018

PHN area, SA3, SA4
Cancer screening

National cancer screening programs participation data
28 May 2020

PHN area, SA2, SA3
Chronic kidney disease Geographical variation in chronic kidney disease
22 Dec 2017
PHN area
Diabetes

Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia
25 Mar 2020

PHN area, SA3
Expenditure, Primary health care

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

PHN area, SA3
Expenditure

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

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

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

PHN area, SA3
Homelessness services

Specialist homelessness services annual report 2018–19 
18 Dec 2019

SA4

Homelessness services

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection data cubes 2011–19 
18 Dec 2019

SA2, SA3, SA4, LGA, PHN area

Hospitals, Primary health care Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by small geographic areas 
14 Nov 2019
PHN area, SA3
Hospitals

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2017–18 
14 Nov 2019

PHN area, SA3
Hospitals, Primary health care Use of emergency department and GP services in 2015–16 
27 Aug 2017
PHN area, SA3
Indigenous Australians

Indigenous eye health measures 2018 
6 Aug 2019

PHN area
Indigenous health & welfare services

Indigenous health check (MBS 715) data tool 
24 Jun 2019

PHN area
Indigenous health & welfare services

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

PHN area, SA3
Indigenous health & welfare services

Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s access to 4 types of maternal health services 
20 Nov 2017

PHN area
Life expectancy & mortality

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

PHN area
Life expectancy & mortality

Mortality Over Regions and Time (MORT) books 
17 Jul 2019

PHN area, SA3
Mental health services Overnight admitted mental health care 
30 Jan 2020
PHN area, SA3
Mothers & babies

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

PHN area
Mothers & babies

Australia's mothers and babies data visualisations
29 May 2020

PHN area, SA3
Mothers & babies Stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia 2015 and 2016 
4 Jul 2019
PHN area
Mothers & babies

Child and maternal health in 2014–2016 
25 Oct 2018

PHN area, SA3, SA4
Mothers & babies National Core Maternity Indicators data visualisations 
18 Sep 2019
PHN area, SA3
Mothers & babies

Teenage mothers in Australia 2015 
2 May 2018

PHN area, SA3
Overweight & obesity

An interactive insight into overweight and obesity in Australia 
19 Jul 2019

PHN area
Overweight & obesity

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

PHN area
Primary health care

Medicare-subsidised GP, allied health and specialist health care across local areas: 2013–14 to 2017–18 
26 Sep 2019

PHN area, SA3
Primary health care

Coordination of health care – experiences with GP care among patients aged 45 and over, 2016 
26 Jul 2018

PHN area
Primary health care

 HPV immunisation rates 2015–16 
22 Mar 2018

PHN area, SA4
Primary health care

Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17 
22 Mar 2018

PHN area, SA3, SA4, postcode
Primary health care

Patient experiences in Australia in 2017–18 
25 Feb 2020

PHN area

Note

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