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Medicare-subsidised GP, allied health and specialist health care across local areas: 2013–14 to 2018–19 

Use of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services, such as GP, allied health, specialist, diagnostic imaging, and nursing and Aboriginal health workers, continues to vary considerably depending on where a person lives in Australia. In 2018–19, 88% of Australians saw a GP, an increase from 86% in 2013–14. People living in metropolitan Primary Health Network (PHN) areas were more likely to visit their GP after-hours than people from regional areas, whilst the converse was true for the use of GP services targeting chronic disease and complex care coordination and management.

National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2018–19 

This report provides an assessment of state and territory performance against the performance benchmarks outlined in the National Partnership on Essential Vaccines, for the assessment period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. The report shows that 3 jurisdictions met all 5 benchmarks, with the other jurisdictions each meeting 4 of the 5 benchmarks.

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

More than one-third of presentations to hospital emergency departments (EDs) are for lower urgency care, some of which may be managed more appropriately by health services in the community. In 2018−19, use of EDs for lower urgency care varied across Australia—ranging from 53 presentations per 1,000 people in Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (PHN) area (Qld), to 333 per 1,000 people in Western NSW PHN area.

COVID-19

This covers data up to 30 June 2019, as such this data precedes COVID-19.

Coordination of health care: experiences of barriers to accessing health services among patients aged 45 and over 

Having timely access to health-care professionals when a person needs it is crucial to preventing, treating and managing health conditions. In 2016, 1 in 4 patients did not see a GP, and 1 in 8 patients did not see a specialist, even when they felt they needed to. This report looks at the associations between selected patient characteristics and self-reported experiences of barriers to accessing GPs and specialists.

Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2018–19 

Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SAB, or ‘golden staph’) associated with hospital care can be serious, particularly when bacteria are resistant to common antimicrobials.

In 2018–19, all states and territories had public hospital SAB infection rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 patient days.

Over the past 5 years, the SAB infection rate has remained stable, for instance, 0.79 in 2014–15 and 0.75 in 2018–19.

Disparities in potentially preventable hospitalisations across Australia: Exploring the data 

The potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) indicator is a proxy measure of primary care effectiveness. PPH are specific hospital admissions that potentially could have been prevented by timely and adequate health care in the community. This report highlights disparities in PPH rates between populations, particularly the very young and the elderly, those in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, remote areas, and Indigenous Australians, and illustrates some challenges and opportunities for PPH reporting.

More information is available in the companion PDF report Disparities in potentially preventable hospitalisations across Australia, 2012–13 to 2017–18.

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by age groups and small geographic areas, 2017–18 

The potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) indicator is a proxy measure of primary care effectiveness. PPH are certain hospital admissions that potentially could have been prevented by timely and adequate health care in the community. There are 22 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially preventable, across 3 broad categories: chronic, acute and vaccine-preventable conditions. This 2017–18 data update provides information by Primary Health Network (PHN) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3). Rates for two age groups (for people aged under 65 years, and 65 years and over) are also included.

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

Across Australia, use of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services, such as GP, allied health, specialist and diagnostic imaging, varies considerably depending on where a patient lives. This variation may reflect differences in patients’ health and health care preferences, population growth and accessibility of services (availability, costs and service options).

Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2015–2017 

This report presents information on life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2015–2017 across Australia, by state/territory, Primary Health Network (PHN) 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.