The AIHW is the custodian of nKPI data that have been collected biannually from primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Department of Health (DoH) to provide primary health care services, mainly to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. All data reported on in this product are sourced from the nKPI collection database unless noted otherwise.
This report presents nKPI data from June 2017, December 2017 and June 2018. These are the most recent periods for which data were available at the time of reporting. Although nKPI data have been reported on since June 2012, past data are not presented due to a change in extraction method that resulted in a break-in-series from June 2017 forwards. Further detail is included in the AIHW report: National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results for 2017.
Around 230 organisations submitted data in each of the last collection periods: 228 in June 2017, 231 in December 2017 and 233 in June 2018. Reporting against all 24 indicators began in June 2017.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, comparable data were available for 23 of 28 nKPI measures. Measures reflect data either at the indicator level, such as for PI09: Smoking status recorded, or at the sub-indicator level, such as for PI18: Kidney function test recorded—clients with type 2 diabetes and PI18: Kidney function test recorded—clients with CVD. A full list of all indicators and measures is presented in the table below: Summary of nKPI results over time. The five measures for which comparable June 2017 data are not available relate to kidney function test recorded and kidney function test results, PI18 and PI19 respectively. Data for these indicators were excluded in June 2017 due to issues with clinical information systems (CIS) resulting in unresolved data quality concerns.
Information on the specifications used for all indicators and measures is available on AIHW’s Metadata Online Registry (METeOR). A more detailed presentation of the data across all indicators is included in the data visualisations includes throughout this report. Where available, the data can be viewed by time period, state and territory, remoteness area, disease type and result level.
The good news
Favourable changes were observed for 20 of the 23 measures for which comparable data were available from June 2017 to June 2018. For the five measures for which comparable June 2017 data are not available, comparisons between December 2017 and June 2018 data showed three measures with favourable changes and one measure with no change.
Measures with the largest improvements from June 2017 to June 2018 were influenza immunisations for clients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which increased from 31.9% to 37.2% (5.3 percentage point change) and the recording of birthweights, which increased from 69.5% to 73.7% (4.2 percentage point change).
Things to work on
Unfavourable changes were observed for three measures for which comparable data were available between June 2017 and June 2018. Two of these changes related to smoking and were relatively small. There was a 0.2 percentage point increase in current smokers and a 0.5 percentage point increase in current smokers among women who gave birth within the last 12 months. The third change was larger, a 1.8 percentage point increase in the proportion of babies born of low birthweight.
There was one measure for which comparable data were available only for December 2017 and June 2018. For this measure, the recording of kidney function tests for clients with type 2 diabetes, a 0.6 percentage point decrease was observed.
Summary of nKPI results over time