Access to health care services

Overall, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience poorer health than non-Indigenous Australians’, but they do not always have the same level of access to health services. This module includes some selected measures of access to health care services that cover the different levels of the health system. The measures compare access for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people as a way of broadly monitoring disparities in access.

What data are available?

These measures are based on national administrative data collections covering immunisation, MBS, hospitals, mortality, perinatal and emergency surgery waiting times.

Data gaps and limitations

Disparities in access may be due to a range of factors other than a lack of cultural safety. The data provide overall measures of access, but do not include information on all the factors that can impact on access, such as the presence of co-morbidities or patient choice.