Notes

This report brings together data from a wide range of sources. All the data underlying the tables are available in Excel format under the ‘Data’ tab. The Excel tables also include all the footnotes, technical details and individual data sources.

Some of the data reported have been published previously by the AIHW in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) report 2017. Where this is the case, the original data source is noted and the HPF (AIHW 2017) is provided as the reference. More detailed information about the data can be found there. Information about the other main data sources used in this report is provided below.

Online Services Report (OSR)

The OSR collects data from organisations funded by the Department of Health and/or the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to provide health, social and emotional well-being and substance use services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This report includes data from organisations funded by the Department of Health to provide primary health care and/or maternal and child health care.

The OSR collects information on the services organisations provide, client numbers, client contacts, episodes of care and staffing levels. Contextual information about each organisation is also collected.

For more information and the data quality statement, see AIHW data collections: Online Services Report data collection

NSW Adult Admitted Patient Survey

The NSW Bureau of Health Information (BHI) collects and publishes data about the experiences of people admitted to NSW public hospitals. The Adult Admitted Patient Survey seeks feedback from people who have recently been admitted to a NSW public hospital. There were 550 Aboriginal people who responded to the 2017 survey and 2,682 who responded to a special survey in 2014.

This report used data from the 2014 and 2017 surveys downloaded from the BHIs interactive data portal Healthcare Observer

Queensland Maternity Outpatient Clinic Patient Experience Survey

The Maternity Outpatient Clinic Patient Experience Survey includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific questions.  Data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are available from the 2015 and 2017 surveys. Around 350 Indigenous women responded to the 2015 survey and 390 to the 2017 survey (Queensland Health 2018).

National Hospitals Data Collection

This collection includes the major national hospitals databases held by the AIHW. This report includes data from the following hospital data collections:

  • The National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD), a compilation of episode-level records from admitted patient morbidity data collection systems in Australian public and private hospitals.
  • The National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database (NNAPEDCD), a compilation of episode-level records (including waiting times for care) for non-admitted patients registered for care in emergency departments in selected public hospitals.
  • The National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection (NESWTDC), which holds episode-level information on patients added to or removed from elective surgery waiting lists managed by public hospitals.

For more information about these collections and the data quality statement see AIHW data collections: National Hospitals Data Collection

References

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Cat.no: IHW 194. Canberra: AIHW.

BHI (Bureau of Health Information) 2016. Patient Perspectives— Hospital care for Aboriginal people. Sydney (NSW): BHI.

Queensland Health 2018. Maternity Outpatient Clinic Patient Experience Survey 2017. Queensland:  Queensland Health.