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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online Services Report—key results 2015–16 

This is the eighth national report on organisations funded by the Australian Government to provide health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2015–16: 204 organisations provided primary health-care services to around 461,500 clients through 5.4 million client contacts and 3.9 million episodes of care; 216 counsellors from 93 organisations provided social and emotional wellbeing services to around 18,900 clients through 88,900 client contacts; 80 organisations provided substance-use services to around 32,700 clients through 170,400 episodes of care.

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from June 2016 

This fourth national report on the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection is based on data from more than 240 primary health care organisations that received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information is presented for 22 ‘process-of-care’ and ‘health outcome’ indicators for June 2016, which focus on maternal and child health, preventative health, and chronic disease management. The report shows continuous improvements for the majority of indicators.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: alcohol and other drug treatment services 

Information on the majority of Australian Government-funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use services are available from the Online Services Report (OSR) data collection.

The most common substance-use issues reported by organisations providing substance-use services that reported to the OSR in 2016–17, in terms of staff time and organisational resources, were alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines.

In 2016–17, all of the 80 organisations reported alcohol as one of the most common substance-use issues and almost all (95%) reported cannabis.

Organisations reporting amphetamines as a common substance-use issue increased from 70% in 2014–15 to 79% in 2015–16, and slightly increased again to 80% in 2016–17.

Northern Territory Outreach Hearing Health Program: July 2012 to December 2017 

This report presents information on hearing health outreach services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the Northern Territory. It shows that in 2017, 1,870 audiology, 876 ear, nose and throat teleotology and 876 Clinical Nurse Specialist services were provided. Among children and young people who received treatment, 55% had improved hearing loss and 65% had improved hearing impairment over subsequent visits.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth health and wellbeing 2018 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth health and wellbeing 2018 report provides comprehensive data on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people aged 10–24. Information on health and wellbeing outcomes, health determinants, risk factors, and health and welfare service use for Indigenous youth are included. Data are disaggregated by age group, sex, state and territory and remoteness areas, as well as trend information. The report also examines differences between young Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on key health and wellbeing measures. 

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results for 2017 

This fifth national report on the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection is based on data from 231 primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information is presented for December 2017, for 24 ‘process-of-care’ and ‘health outcome’ indicators, focusing on maternal and child health, preventative health, and chronic disease management. The report shows improvements for the majority of indicators between June and December 2017.

Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment: Oral Health Programs, July 2012 to December 2016 

The Australian Government has been funding oral health services for Indigenous children in the Northern Territory since 2007. In 2016, 3,426 Indigenous children received clinical services, and preventive services such as full-mouth fluoride varnish applications were provided to 4,502 Indigenous children and fissure sealant services to 2,019 children. Tooth decay experience varied by age, with 90% of children aged 6 and 88% of 9-year olds having tooth decay. There have been improvements in the oral health of younger service recipients, with the average amount of tooth decay in children aged 1–3 decreasing by 19%, and an 11% decrease among 8 year olds between 2013 and 2016. 

Indigenous health check (MBS 715) data tool 

All Indigenous people are eligible for an annual Indigenous-specific health check: item 715 on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). This tool shows numbers and usage rates of the checks at national, state and territory and Primary Health Network levels. Charts can be customised to show different time periods and, where possible, disaggregations by age and sex. 

Northern Territory Outreach Hearing Health Program: July 2012 to December 2016 

This report presents information on hearing health outreach services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the Northern Territory. It shows that in 2016, 2,452 audiology, 1,020 ear, nose and throat teleotology and 1,156 Clinical Nurse Specialist services were provided. Of those children and young people who received treatment 51% had improved hearing loss and 62% had improved hearing impairment.

Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment: Oral Health Program—July 2012 to December 2015 

This report presents analyses on oral health services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents in the Northern Territory under the National Partnership Agreement on Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment. From July 2012 to December 2015, there was generally an increase in the number of Indigenous children and adolescents who received full-mouth fluoride varnish applications, fissure sealant applications, and clinical services. A long-term analysis shows that the proportion of service recipients with experience of tooth decay decreased for most age groups between 2009 and 2015, with the greatest decrease—from 73% to 42%—seen in those aged 1–3.

Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment: Ear and Hearing Health Program—July 2012 to June 2016 

This report presents data on the Indigenous children and young people who participated in the audiology, ear, nose and throat (ENT) teleotology and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) services delivered under the National Partnership Agreement on Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment. During 2012–16, 9,221 outreach audiology services were provided to 5,357 children and young people, and 3,799 ENT teleotology services to 2,434 children and young people. A total of 2,612 children participated in the CNS services and presented for 3,085 visits. Of the children and young people who received audiology services in 2015–16, 31% had a hearing impairment.

Specialist homelessness services 2015–16 

The specialist homelessness services 2015–16 web report is the fifth annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC). It describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2015–16.

Healthy Futures—Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Report Card 2016 

This report card provides information from about 140 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. During 2014–15 these services saw about 275,000 Indigenous clients who received almost 2.5 million episodes of care. About 228,700 Indigenous Australians were regular clients of ACCHSs, where they received maternal and child health services, chronic disease risk factor prevention, and management services. This report card shows rises in the proportion of clients receiving appropriate processes of care for 10 of the 16 relevant indicators.

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

This report uses a new measure developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare—the Geographically-adjusted Index of Relative Supply (GIRS)—to examine the geographic supply of the clinical health workforce in seven key professions with particular relevance to Indigenous Australians. These professions were general practitioners, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists and optometrists. Areas with lower GIRS scores are more likely to face workforce supply challenges than those with higher GIRS scores. The GIRS scores were compared with the distribution of the Indigenous population to assess the extent to which Indigenous people live in areas with lower relative levels of workforce supply.

Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: second national report 2016  

This is the second national report on the 21 Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with updated data available to report on 11 measures. For some of the measures, a better or similar rate for Indigenous Australians compared with non-Indigenous Australians was apparent, while on other measures, higher rates of ill health and death from cardiac conditions and lower rates of in-hospital treatment services among Indigenous Australians were evident. A number of measures suggested improvements for Indigenous Australians over time; examples include a decline in the death rate due to cardiac conditions and an increase in the proportion who received an MBS health assessment.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online Services Report—key results 2014–15 

This is the seventh national report on organisations funded by the Australian Government to provide health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2014–15: - 203 organisations provided primary health-care services to around 434,600 clients through 5.0 million client contacts and 3.5 million episodes of care; - 221 counsellors provided social and emotional wellbeing services to around 21,100 clients through 100,200 client contacts; - 67 organisations provided substance-use rehabilitation and treatment services to around 25,200 clients through 151,000 episodes of care.

Specialist homelessness services 2014–15 

The Specialist homelessness services 2014–15 web report is the fourth annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection and the first presented as a web report. It describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2014–15.

National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from December 2014 

This is the third national report on the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection. It captures data from more than 230 primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It presents data for 21 ‘process-of-care’ and ‘health outcome’ indicators, which focus on maternal and child health, preventative health and chronic disease management. The report shows improvements against almost all of the indicators.