Rate of health checks

This section looks at the rate of Indigenous-specific health checks among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, including:

Rates have mostly been calculated using ABS Indigenous population estimates for 30 June 2016 based on the 2016 Census. The exception to this is the analysis of trends in the annual rate of health checks, for which rates were calculated using ABS Indigenous estimates and projections based on the 2011 Census (see also Box 1).

Box 1: Population data used in rate calculations

The ABS’s estimated resident population (ERP) is the official measure of the Australian population. The ERP is based on results of the 5-yearly Census of Population and Housing, with adjustments for net undercount as measured by the Post Enumeration Survey.

ERP estimates for Indigenous Australians based on the 2016 Census are available for 30 June 2016 (ABS 2018). However, time series estimates (that is, for reference periods other than 30 June 2016) were not available at the time of writing. The most recently published time series estimates are those based on the 2011 Census (ABS 2014).

Therefore, in this report, when looking at trends in the annual rate of health checks, estimates and projections (series B) of the Indigenous population based on the 2011 Census (ABS 2014) were used. For all other analyses, rates of health checks were calculated using the 2016 Census-based estimates for 30 June 2016.

See Data sources and notes for additional information.

The Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023 set national goals for increasing the use of Indigenous-specific health checks (see also national goals for health checks).

Information about progress against the goals can be found in another AIHW report: Tracking progress against the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Rates in this section may differ to rates used to assess progress towards the Implementation Plan goals due to different data specifications. Rates in this report are calculated using numbers of patients (while the national goals are based on number of services), and presented according to the date the service was provided (while the national goals are based on the date the service was processed).