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.

 

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

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016: detailed findings

PHN area, SA4
Alcohol & other drug treatment services

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2016–17

PHN area, SA2
Behaviours & risk factors

Health risk factors in 2014–15

PHN areas
Cancer

Cancer Incidence and Mortality Across Regions (CIMAR) books

GCCSA, PHA, PHN area, SA3, SA4
Cancer

Cancer incidence and mortality in Australia by small geographic areas

PHN area, SA3
Cancer

Cancer screening in Australia by small geographic areas 2015–2016

PHN area, SA3
Cancer

Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013

PHN area, SA3, SA4
Cancer

Participation in national cancer screening programs in 2015–2016

PHN area, SA3
Diabetes

Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia

PHN area, SA3
Expenditure, Primary health care

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

PHN area, SA3
Expenditure

Patients' out-of-pocket spending on Medicare services

PHN area, SA3
Chronic kidney disease

Geographical variation in chronic kidney disease

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

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2015–16

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

Indigenous eye health measures 2017

PHN area
Indigenous health & welfare services

Indigenous health check (MBS 715) data tool

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

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

PHN area
Life expectancy & mortality

Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016

PHN area
Life expectancy & mortality

Mortality Over Regions and Time (MORT) books

PHN area, SA3
Mental health services, Hospitals

Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2015–16

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

Australia's mothers and babies 2016—in brief

PHN area
Mothers & babies

Child and maternal health in 2014–2016

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

Teenage mothers in Australia 2015

PHN area, SA3
Overweight & obesity

An interactive insight into overweight and obesity in Australia

PHN area
Overweight & obesity

Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15

PHN area
Primary health care

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

PHN area
Primary health care

HPV immunisation rates 2015–16

PHN area, SA4
Primary health care

Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17

PHN area, SA3, SA4, postcode
Primary health care

Patient experiences in Australia in 2016–17

PHN area

Note

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