Latest reports

National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2017–18 

This report provides an assessment of state and territory performance against 4 of the 5 performance benchmarks outlined in the National Partnership on Essential Vaccines, for the assessment period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. The fifth benchmark was not assessed in this period. The report shows that 6 jurisdictions met all 4 benchmarks, with one benchmark being either partly met or not met in each of the other 2 jurisdictions.

Use of emergency departments for lower urgency care: 2015–16 to 2017–18 

Some presentations to hospital emergency departments that are for lower urgency care may be avoidable through provision of other appropriate health services in the community. Although the use of emergency departments for this type of care has fallen nationally, there is marked variation across areas. For example, rates in regional Primary Health Network (PHN) areas were almost twice as high (159 per 1,000 people) as in metropolitan PHN areas (92 per 1,000 people).

Coordination of health care: experiences of information sharing between providers for patients aged 45 and over 2016 

Safe and high-quality health care depends on the sharing of health information between health-care providers. In 2016, nearly 1 in 4 patients reported inadequate information sharing between the emergency department they visited and their GP or usual place of care. This report looks at gaps in information sharing between providers, using the 2016 Survey of Health Care.

Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics 

Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SAB also called S. aureus, or ‘golden staph’) associated with healthcare can be serious, particularly when they are resistant to common antimicrobials.

In 2017–18, all states and territories had public hospital SAB rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 patient days.

Between 2013–14 and 2015–16, the SAB rate decreased from 0.89 to 0.74 cases per 10,000 patient days. It has remained around this level since (0.76 in 2016–17 and 0.73 in 2017–18).

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by small geographic areas 

This report provides information on 22 conditions for which hospitalisation may have been prevented by timely and appropriate provision of primary or community-based health care by Primary Health Network (PHN) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3). These include chronic, acute and vaccine-preventable conditions. Rates for two age groups (for people aged under 65 years, and 65 years and over) are also included.

International health data comparisons, 2018 

Comparing health and health care data between countries facilitates international comparative reporting, supports policy planning and decision-making, and enables health-related research and analysis.

The interactive data visualisations across these web pages allow you to compare the most recent data from 36 Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) member countries across a range of health and health care indicators, with a focus on Australia’s international performance.

Child and maternal health in 2014–2016 

Four key maternal and child health indicators have been updated in this release — smoking during pregnancy, child and infant mortality, low birthweight babies, and antenatal visits in the first trimester of pregnancy. Indicators are reported nationally, by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and by smaller local areas.

Children’s Headline Indicators 

The Children’s Headline Indicators (CHI) are a set of 19 indicators endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Conference, Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference and the Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee in 2008 (first reported in 2009). They are high level, measureable indicators that identify the immediate environments as particularly important to children’s health, development and wellbeing. The CHI are presented from 2006 to 2016 and are grouped into 3 broad topic areas—Health, Early learning and care and Family and community.

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

This new report shows variation in the total out-of-pocket costs that patients face in a year for Medicare services delivered outside of the hospital. It shines a spotlight on the costs patients pay for specialist, GP, diagnostic imaging and obstetric services. It also looks at patients’ experience of cost barriers to specialist, GP, imaging and pathology care.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Patient experiences in Australia in 2016–17 

Australian adults report their experiences on more than 20 aspects of health and care in the latest web update. Information from 2014–2015 to 2016–2017 is presented by Primary Health Network areas across Australia, covering topics including self-reported health status, use of health services and cost barriers to accessing services.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

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

The first Coordination of Health Care Study results are available at the Primary Health Network area level for patients aged 45 and over, showing variation in experiences of care received from their usual GP or in their usual place of care in 2015–16. For the first time, national results are also presented by patient characteristics such as their socioeconomic group, remoteness area, or number of long-term health conditions.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016 

This report presents information on life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016 across Australia, by Primary Health Network and smaller local areas (SA3). 

Life expectancy at birth is the number of years a person is expected to live at the time they are born. It is a broad measure of population health. Potentially avoidable deaths are deaths below the age of 75 from conditions that are potentially preventable through primary or hospital care. Rates of potentially avoidable deaths per head of population can be a useful indicator of how well health systems are performing.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Overweight and obesity rates across Australia 2014–15 

The effects of overweight and obesity are a leading health concern in Australia. This report presents local rates of overweight and obesity by Primary Health Network areas, which in 2014–15 ranged from 53% in Northern Sydney to 73% in Country South Australia. It reveals higher rates for people in regional areas than in cities. The report also focuses on obesity and shows that the rate of obese adults ranged from 16% in Central and Eastern Sydney to 38% in Country South Australia.

National statistics can’t always show the full extent of an issue. This report shines a light on rates of overweight and obesity at the local level, presented by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia.

Supplementary data tables and interactive data visualisations were updated in June 2018 to include age-standardised rates for comparative purposes.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Participation in national cancer screening programs in 2015–2016 

Cancer screening programs aim to reduce illness and death resulting from cancer through an organised approach to screening. This report presents participation data for 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 for Australia’s three cancer screening programs: the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, BreastScreen Australia, and the NationaCervical Screening Program. Data are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network areas and also Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3).

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.  

Child and maternal health in 2013–2015 

This report presents findings on four indicators measuring the health of babies and their mothers: infant and young child deaths, the rate of low birthweight babies, mothers smoking during pregnancy, and antenatal care visits during the first trimester of pregnancy.  

The report shows that despite generally positive results across these indicators nationally, these positive trends are not seen equally across Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas. 

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013 

This report on local cancer incidence rates (newly diagnosed cases) are available for all cancers combined, as well as breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal, lung and melanoma of the skin. Results are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network areas and for more than 300 smaller local areas (SA3s) across Australia.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.