Indicators of Australia's health

This section presents the latest data for indicators currently agreed for national reporting in the Australian Health Performance Framework (AHPF).

Indicators are grouped under the AHPF conceptual framework domains: health status, determinants of health, and health system.

For more information, see Chapter 1.4 ‘Indicators of Australia’s health’ and Data tables: Indicators of Australia’s health.

Health status
AHPF domain: health status
Health conditions
Incidence of heart attacks
Incidence of selected cancers
Incidence of sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses
Incidence of end-stage kidney disease
Hospitalisation for injury and poisoning
Proportion of babies born with low birthweight
Human function
Severe or profound core activity limitation
Psychological distress
Self-assessed health status
Infant/young child mortality rate
Life expectancy
Determinants of health
AHPF domain: determinants of health
Health behaviours
Health literacy
Proportion of adults who are daily smokers
Proportion of adults at risk of long-term harm from alcohol
Fruit and vegetable intake
Physical inactivity
Unsafe sharing of needles
Children exposed to tobacco smoke in the home
Personal biomedical factors
Proportion of people obese and overweight
Environmental factors
Water quality
Socioeconomic factors
Proportion of people with low income

Educational attainment

Health system
AHPF domain: health system
Immunisation rates for vaccines in the national schedule (children)
Immunisation rates for vaccines in the national schedule (older people)
Proportion of pregnancies with an antenatal visit in the first trimester
Cancer screening rates
Selected potentially preventable hospitalisations
Survival of people diagnosed with cancer
Potentially avoidable deaths
Survival following acute coronary heart disease event(a)
Adverse events treated in hospital
Falls resulting in patient harm in hospitals
No indicators for this dimension
Continuity of care
Proportion of people with asthma with a written asthma action plan
Proportion of people with mental illness with a GP care plan
Proportion of people with diabetes with a GP annual cycle of care(a)
Bulk-billing for non-referred (GP) attendances
Differential access to hospital procedures
Waiting times for elective surgery
Waiting time for emergency department care
Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments(a)
Efficiency and sustainability
Cost per casemix-adjusted separation for acute and non-acute care episodes(a)
Net growth in health workforce

a. Not reported here due to lack of data or agreed methodology.