This report presents the outcomes of a project funded by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council and directed at establishing a basis for improving Indigenous identification in hospital separations data. It provides:

  • an account of current and past assessments of the quality of Indigenous status data
  • an account of jurisdictions' policies and processes for Indigenous identification
  • the findings of an analysis of Indigenous identification in national separations data
  • a set of guidelines to support the analysis of information on Indigenous status
  • recommendations for improving Indigenous status information in hospital separations data.