Remoteness Area comparisons

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Geographic information

This analysis is based on the postcode of the patient’s given mailing address. As a result, the data may not always reflect where the person actually lived – particularly for people who use PO boxes. This is likely to impact some areas more than others and will also have a generally greater impact on the accuracy of smaller geographic areas.

Latest data

In 2021–‍22:

  • Major cities had the tied lowest uptake of health checks, at 21% (71,200 patients).
  • Inner regional areas had a health check uptake of 23% (50,900 patients).
  • Outer regional areas had the highest uptake of health checks, at 31% (51,600 patients).
  • Remote areas had a health check uptake of 26% (15,000 patients).
  • Very remote areas had the tied lowest uptake of health checks, at 21% (20,000 patients).

Between 2016–‍17 and 2021–‍22:

  • In almost all Remoteness Areas, the proportion of people receiving a health check was lower in 2021–‍22 compared with 2016–‍17, after an initial rise in uptake.
  • The only area with an increased health check uptake was Major cities, though the increase was smaller than 1 percentage-point.
  • Remote areas had the largest percentage-point decrease in health check uptake, falling from 39% in 2017–‍18 to 26% in 2021–‍22 (21,500 patients to 15,000 in respective years).

Figure 4: Use of First Nations health checks, by Remoteness Area, 2016–‍17 to 2021–‍22

A set of interactive graphs over 2 tabs. Refer to table HC04 in data tables. A long description is available below.