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Primary health care in Australia 

Primary health care is the entry level to the health system and, as such, is usually a person’s first encounter with the health system. It includes a broad range of activities and services, from health promotion and prevention, to treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions. This report includes sources of Primary Health Network (PHN) data, expenditure, delivery of primary health care services including the scope and patient experience. 

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Transition between hospital and community care for patients with coronary heart disease: New South Wales and Victoria 2012–2015 

This report examined the health services used by more than 37,300 people with coronary heart disease (CHD) who were discharged from a public hospital in New South Wales or Victoria between April 2012 and June 2013. The report analysed linked de-identified hospitalisation data to Medicare Benefits Schedule data and National Death Index data.

The report shows that the vast majority of CHD patients visited their General Practitioner (GP) within 30 days of being discharged from hospital and that they had, on average, 1 or 2 visits per month during a two year follow-up timeframe. Timely and regular contact with a GP were associated with lower risk of having an emergency re-admission to hospital for cardiovascular disease.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17 

Immunisation is important in protecting children from harmful infectious diseases. This web update presents 2016–17 immunisation rates for all children and Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islander children aged 1, 2 and 5. Rates are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas, more than 300 smaller local areas and around 1,600 postcodes across Australia.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

HPV immunisation rates in 2015–16 

Immunisation against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can prevent cervical and other cancers, and other HPV-related diseases. The National HPV Vaccination Program has been immunising adolescent girls since 2007 and was extended to boys in 2013.

This release shows HPV Immunisation rates in 2015-16. Rates are reported separately for girls and boys aged 15.  Data is reported at a national level and by PHN and SA4.

This report was first published on the former MyHealthyCommunities website.

Health risk factors in 2014–15 

This release provides information from 2014–15 on a selection of health risk factors including risky alcohol consumption, insufficient physical activity and high blood pressure. Information is 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.

MyHospitals: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in private hospitals in 2015–16  

This MyHospitals web update presents information on Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bloodstream infections, commonly known as ‘Golden Staph’, contracted by patients in Australian private hospitals in 2015–16.

This web update includes data for 60 Australian private hospitals from 2010–11 to 2015–2016.

  • Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or ‘Golden staph’) is a type of bacterium that can cause an infection of the bloodstream and can be acquired after a patient receives medical care or treatment in hospital.

Potentially preventable hospitalisations 2015–16 

This web update provides the latest rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations for Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network areas and more than 300 smaller local areas. It updates information for 22 conditions where hospitalisation may have been prevented by timely and appropriate provision of primary or community-based health care. Results are highlighted for five conditions that contribute most to the number of days spent in hospital for potentially preventable hospitalisations: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes complications, congestive heart failure, cellulitis, and kidney and urinary tract infections.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Patient experiences in Australia in 2015–16 

This update provides the latest local-level information on people’s experiences with the health care system.

Results are presented for Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia, providing local-level findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Patient Experience Survey 2016–17. Results are also included from the same surveys conducted in 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16.

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Immunisation rates for children in 2015–16  

Immunisation is important in protecting children from harmful infectious diseases. Our most recent immunisation report shows the large majority of Australian children continue to be immunised and that rates have increased over time, but there is room for improvement in some local areas. The report focuses on immunisation rates for 5-year-old children and also includes results for children aged 1 and 2. Rates are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas, more than 300 smaller local areas and around 1500 postcodes across Australia. Rates are also presented for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. 

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.