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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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MyHealthyCommunities: Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016 

This MyHealthyCommunities 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.

MyHealthyCommunities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia 2014–15 

This MyHealthyCommunities release provides information from 2014–15 on the daily tobacco smoking rates across Australia. Results are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas.

It includes an interactive web tool that can be used to show how your local PHN area compares with the national average and allows comparisons between PHN areas.

Update: Age-standardised rates have been added to existing data to enable fairer comparisons across PHNs that have different age structures.

MyHealthyCommunities: MBS GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2016-17 

New data in this MyHealthyCommunities web update provides local-level information for 15 measures of health care use across Australia for 2016−17. Results are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and smaller local areas called Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3).

These measures include the number of GP, after-hours GP, specialist and aged-care home attendances per person. They also include the percentage of bulk-billed GP attendances, the percentage of people in local areas who did not claim a GP attendance within the year, and expenditure by Medicare on GP attendances and specialist attendances. Age and sex disaggregated data is also available for the number of GP, after-hours GP and specialist attendances per person in the accompanying excel file.

MyHealthyCommunities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia 2014–15 

This MyHealthyCommunities release provides information from 2014–15 on overweight and obesity rates across Australia. Results are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas.

It includes an interactive web tool that can be used to show how your local PHN area compares with the national average and allows comparisons between PHN areas.

Update: Age-standardised rates have been added to existing data to enable fairer comparisons across PHNs that have different age structures.

MyHealthyCommunities: Health risk factors in 2014–15 

This MyHealthyCommunities 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.

It includes an interactive web tool that can be used to show how your local PHN area compares with the national average and allows comparisons between PHN areas.

Update: Age-standardised rates have been added to existing data to enable fairer comparisons across PHNs that have different age structures.

MyHealthyCommunities: Participation in national cancer screening programs in 2015–2016 

This MyHealthyCommunities release report on participation in screening programs can detect early signs of cancer, reducing an individual’s risk and the overall burden of cancer in Australia. Participation rates in national bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening programs are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network areas and for more than 300 smaller local areas (SA2s) across Australia.      

MyHealthyCommunities: Child and maternal health in 2013–2015 

This MyHealthyCommunities release report, Child and maternal health 2013–2015, 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. 

MyHealthyCommunities: Health risk factors in 2014–15 

New data in this MyHealthyCommunities 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.

Includes an interactive web tool that shows how your local area compares with the national average and allows comparison between each area.

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.

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.

The measurement of patient experience in non-GP primary health care settings 

This working paper was funded by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and overseen by the National Health Information Standards and Statistics Committee. The paper documents existing approaches for measuring patient experience within non-GP primary health care settings. Information about patient experience is an important tool for health care quality improvement and health performance reporting. While there have been selected activities to standardise and validate patient experience information in hospital and GP settings, there has been limited documentation of patient experience information within the non-GP primary health care sector. This paper will help inform future work in the area of patient experience in primary health care settings.

Perinatal depression: data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey 

Data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey showed that 1 in 5 (20%) mothers of children aged 24 months or less had been diagnosed with depression. More than half of these mothers reported being diagnosed with depression during the perinatal period. Perinatal depression was more commonly reported among mothers who were younger (aged under 25), smokers, overweight/obese and from lower income households.

A working guide to international comparisons of health 

Comparisons of health between countries are popular and useful, and often attract media attention. This guide highlights the types of questions to ask before comparing countries and when presenting health data in an international context.

Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007 

This report investigates the prevalence of mental illness in association with common chronic diseases and shows that in 2007: 12% of Australians aged 16-85 had a mental disorder and a physical condition at the same time; the most common comorbidity was anxiety disorder combined with a physical condition, affecting around 1.4 million (9%) Australian adults; people living in the most disadvantaged areas of Australia were 65% more likely to have comorbidity than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.

2009 Adult Vaccination Survey: summary results 

The 2009 Adult Vaccination Survey forms part of the evaluations of two vaccine programs for older Australia. The first is the National Influenza Vaccination Program for Older Australians, which commenced in 1999; and the second is the National Pneumococcal Vaccination Program for Older Australians which commenced on 1 January 2005. The survey showed that in 2009, 74.6% (2.2 million) Australians aged 65 years or over were vaccinated against influenza. However, only 54.4% (1.6 million) older Australians were currently vaccinated against pneumococcal.