Data sources and data gaps

The main data sources for the access to services measures were national data collections, mainly administrative data:

  • Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry
  • Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
  • BreastScreen Australia data
  • Medical Benefits Schedule data
  • National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
  • National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • National Non‑admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
  • National Perinatal Data Collection -for access to antenatal care

There were data available for reporting on all measures in this module as they were based on existing national indicators or data collections.

Access to health care services: measures and data sources

3.1 Preventive health services

  • Rates of immunisation – Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
  • Participation rates for breast screening – BreastScreen Australia Data

3.2 Primary health care

  • Indigenous health checks – Medical Benefits Schedule data
  • Access to antenatal care – National Perinatal Data Collection
  • Potentially preventable hospitalisations – National Hospital Morbidity Database

3.3 Hospital services

  • Access to hospital procedures – National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • Waiting times for elective surgery – National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
  • Emergency department waiting times – National Non‑admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database

3.4 Specialist services

  • Specialist services claimed – Medical Benefits Schedule data
  • Treatment of end stage kidney disease – Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

3.5 Overall health system

  • Potentially avoidable deaths – National Mortality Database

Notes:

  • Data sources are underlined