Opening the national front door to health information
Accessing information about the health of Australians and health care performance will be made easier by two new online resources launched by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The Australian Health Performance Framework (AHPF) was created by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Committee (AHMAC) as a single mechanism for system-wide health reporting.
‘As part of implementing the framework, we have created an online “national front door to health information’’,’ said AIHW spokesperson Dr. Adrian Webster.
‘The new AHMAC-funded resource includes information on AHPF indicators and analysis of how Australia is tracking in terms of health and health system performance.’
Users can also access information released by the AIHW and other key national, state, territory and non-government agencies, such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the National Health Funding Body, the Victorian Agency for Health Information, the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, the NSW Bureau of Health Information and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
‘In this context, and as part of our ongoing efforts to make navigating health information easier, the AIHW has also redeveloped our platform for reporting on the Australian hospital system,’ Dr. Webster said.
‘For the first time, the new MyHospitals reporting platform will bring local level data together with the state and territory and national level information previously published through the long-standing Australian Hospitals Statistics series of reports. The new platform presents data and information on spending on hospitals, workforce issues, hospital activity, the safety and quality of care in hospitals and access to hospital services. It also includes new My Local Area functionality that allows users to explore data about a specific hospital or local hospital network.
‘These new online tools will make it easier for people to find information that is relevant to them.’
The AHPF indicators and health system information and the MyHospitals content will be continually revised and improved and new AHPF indicators will be developed over time with input from Commonwealth, state and territory governments, clinicians, health consumers and academics.
‘We hope the AHPF and new MyHospitals will play a pivotal role in improving health outcomes for all Australians and ensuring the sustainability of the health system by providing easy to navigate information regarding the performance of our health system,’ Dr. Webster said.
Most of the data released today on the AHPF and MyHospitals online resources are already publicly available. New information has been released today on Elective Surgery waiting times 2018-19 and Emergency Department care 2018-19.
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