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On this page you will find all the Healthy Communities reports published by the National Health Performance Authority for the period March 2013–June 2016, and those published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare since July 2016.

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Web update: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2015–16

Released 14 July 2017

This web update provides the latest rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations for Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network areas and more than 300 smaller local areas. It updates information for 22 conditions where hospitalisation may have been prevented by timely and appropriate provision of primary or community-based health care. Results are highlighted for five conditions that contribute most to the number of days spent in hospital for potentially preventable hospitalisations: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , diabetes complications, congestive heart failure, cellulitis, and kidney and urinary tract infections.

Note: Caution should be used comparing PPH over time due to changes that have occurred in classifications and coding standards.

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Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2015–16

Released 8 June 2017

Immunisation is important in protecting children from harmful infectious diseases. Our most recent immunisation report shows the large majority of Australian children continue to be immunised and that rates have increased over time, but there is room for improvement in some local areas. The report focuses on immunisation rates for 5-year-old children and also includes results for children aged 1 and 2. Rates are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas, more than 300 smaller local areas and around 1500 postcodes across Australia. Rates are also presented for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Web update: Patient experiences in Australia in 2015–16

Released 8 June 2017

Australian adults report their experiences on more than 20 aspects of health and care in the latest web update. Information from 2013–2014 to 2015–2016 is presented by the Primary Health Network areas across Australia, covering topics including self-reported health status, use of health services and cost barriers to accessing services.

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Web update: Participation in national cancer screening programs in 2014–2015

Released 4 May 2017

Participation in screening programs can detect early signs of cancer, reducing an individual’s risk and the overall burden of cancer in Australia. Participation rates in national bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening programs are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network areas and for more than 300 smaller local areas across Australia.

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Web update: Incidence of selected cancers in 2006–2010

Released 4 May 2017

Local cancer incidence rates (newly diagnosed cases) are available for all cancers combined, as well as breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal, lung and melanoma of the skin. Results are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network areas and for more than 300 smaller local areas across Australia.

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Healthy Communities: HPV immunisation rates in 2014–15

Released 30 March 2017

New data show increases in HPV immunisation rates for girls in many of the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia. Following the extension of the national HPV vaccination program to boys in 2013, HPV immunisation rates are also presented for boys by PHN area. Immunisation rates for both girls and boys show considerable variation across PHN areas.

For more detailed results, HPV immunisation data are available for PHN areas and for more than 80 smaller local areas (SA4s) in downloadable Excel sheets.

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Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15

Released 8 December 2016

This report shows local rates of overweight and obesity, which ranged from 53% to 73% across Australia in 2014–15. It reveals higher overweight and obesity rates for people in regional areas than in cities. Local results are presented by the Primary Health Network areas across Australia.

Download Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15, In Focus (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013–14

Released 22 September 2016

Awareness of mental health has grown across Australia over the past few years, yet there is still a need for more detailed information at the local level to support efforts to improve health services. This report looks at variation in mental health-related hospital admissions across Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network areas and more than 300 smaller local areas (SA3s), both overall and for six groups of mental health conditions, as well as for intentional self-harm. Detailed results at the local level are also available via Excel downloads.

Download Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013–14 (PDF, 11.9 MB)

Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2014–15

Released 22 September 2016

Updated Medicare Benefits Schedule data by Primary Health Network area and Statistical Area Level 3 for 14 measures of health care usage and expenditure (GP and specialist) in 2014–15.

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in September 2016, figures have been updated. Please see Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2015–16 for the revised results.

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Healthy Communities: Use of emergency department and GP services in 2013–14

Released 28 April 2016

This report examines the factors that drive ED attendances and how in-hours and after-hours attendance rates compare with GP attendance rates in capital cities in each case.

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in April 2016, figures have been updated. Please see Web update: Use of emergency department and GP services in 2015–16 for the revised results.

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Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2014–15

Released 18 February 2016

Although the percentage of children fully immunised in Australia is high, rates are not uniform across the country and there are significant variations at the local level. Low immunisation coverage rates persist across many local areas, exposing vulnerable children to vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough. The report looks at child immunisation rates across the 31 Primary Health Network areas as well as more than 300 smaller local areas (SA3) and Australian postcodes. Results are available via Excel downloads for SA4s (which are larger than SA3s, with just over 80 across Australia). A new interactive tool is also available to explore the data.

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in February 2016, figures have been revised following updates to methods and revised information from states and territories. Please see Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2015–16 for the revised results.

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Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14

Released 10 December 2015

Effective primary health care can keep people healthy and reduce unnecessary hospitalisations which impose significant extra costs on the health system. This report looks at rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations for 22 conditions across Primary Health Network areas and more than 300 smaller local areas. Results are highlighted for five conditions that contribute most to potentially preventable hospitalisations: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes complications, heart failure, cellulitis, and kidney and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in December 2015, figures have been revised following updates to methods and revised information from states and territories. Please see Web update: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2015–16 for the revised results.

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Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health CareExternal link, opens in a new window.[http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/atlas]

Released 26 November 2015

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, in partnership with the National Health Performance Authority, has released the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The Atlas aims to identify and reduce unwarranted health care variation and improve care and outcomes, while ensuring value in health care spending. The themes explored in the Atlas reflect current national health care priorities and include: antimicrobial dispensing, diagnostic interventions, surgical interventions, interventions for mental health and psychotropic medicines, interventions for chronic disease and opioid dispensing.

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Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2013–14

Released 19 November 2015

Updated Medicare Benefits Schedule data by Primary Health Network area for 13 measures of health care usage and expenditure (GP and specialist).

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in November 2015, figures have been updated. Please see Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2015–16 for the revised results.

Download the data (Excel, 425.5 KB)

Web update: Australians’ experiences with access to health care in 2013–14

Released 1 October 2015

Updated patient experience data by Primary Health Network area for measures including waiting times for GPs and access to hospital care.

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in October 2015, figures have been revised. Please see the Web update: Patient experiences in Australia in 2015–16 which includes 2013–14 results.

Healthy Communities: HPV immunisation rates for girls in 2013

Released 27 August 2015

There is marked variation across local areas nationally in the percentage of 15-year-old girls fully immunised against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus known to cause cervical cancer. This report breaks data down by Primary Health Network areas.

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in August 2015, figures have been revised following updates to methods and revised information from states and territories. Please see Healthy Communities: HPV immunisation rates in 2014–15 for the revised results.

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Healthy Communities: Frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in 2012–13

Released 19 March 2015

Many Australians are fortunate to experience very good or excellent health and have few or no long-term health conditions. However, one in eight Australians visit a GP 12 or more times a year. This report looks at the most frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in Australia.

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Healthy Communities: GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009–2013

Released 11 December 2014

The first report on how GPs manage patients who have one or more chronic health conditions shows GPs in some parts of Australia are up to twice as likely to prescribe drugs for common health conditions such as depression and heart disease compared to doctors in other areas.

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Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012

Released 31 July 2014

The first report from the National Health Performance Authority that presents data at the local level for infant and young child mortality, low birthweight, smoking during pregnancy and access to antenatal care finds while rates of infant and young child deaths have fallen dramatically in recent years, Australia’s rate is still three times higher than that of the best-performing OECD countries.

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Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2012–13

Released 27 March 2014

The second childhood immunisation rates report from the National Health Performance Authority finds the biggest improvements in immunisation rates were seen across five-year-old children, the age when they should have completed their childhood immunisations. New data on the percentages of girls aged 15 years fully immunised against human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus known to cause cervical cancer, are also available by Medicare Local catchment for the first time in the report.

Data Revision

Note: Since publication in March 2014, figures have been revised following updates to methods and revised information from states and territories. Please see Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2015–16 and Healthy Communities: HPV immunisation rates in 2014–15 for the revised results.

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Healthy Communities: Avoidable deaths and life expectancies in 2009–2011

Released 12 December 2013

Australians are much more likely to die unnecessarily from treatable conditions depending on where they live – and there are big differences even within similar urban and rural areas. In the three years 2009–2011 the average rate of avoidable deaths per year was more than three times higher in some local areas compared to others.

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Healthy Communities: Selected potentially avoidable hospitalisations in 2011–12

Released 7 November 2013

Are too many people spending time in hospital when they could be treated in the community? This report finds marked variations in the rate of admission for 21 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially avoidable. A high rate of potentially avoidable hospitalisations may represent unnecessary use of hospital bed capacity, or they may be a consequence of shortfalls in the provision of or access to primary health care. Rates of avoidable hospitalisations may also be due to certain chronic or acute health conditions being more or less common in the community.

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Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2011–12

Released 24 October 2013

High rates of overweight and obesity are scattered across all local areas including wealthy inner city, rural and disadvantaged communities. In comparing similar communities, the Performance Authority found the percentages of obese or overweight adults ranged across local areas from 49% to 79% in 2011–12. National or state-level averages camouflage how high these rates have become in many local areas.

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Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2011–12

Released 24 October 2013

Smoking is still one of the largest single preventable causes of death and disease in Australia and is a major risk factor for many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke and many cancers. While smoking rates have been declining nationally, rates in some local areas are still relatively high.

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Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2011–12

Released 20 June 2013

Primary health care organisations face different challenges in ensuring health care is responsive to the needs of people in their local areas. This report looks at a number of aspects of Australians’ health and their use of health care services. It examines how many times people visit GPs, and whether they visit a dentist or other practitioner, whether they experience waiting times they believe to be excessive, and whether people find the costs of services hard to afford.

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Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2011–12

Released 11 April 2013

The first local-level report on childhood immunisation rates finds more than 70,000 Australian children aged up to 5 years are not fully immunised. Immunisation helps protect individuals and the community generally against potentially serious diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis). Although the great majority of children in Australia are immunised, it is important to maintain high immunisation rates to reduce the risk of outbreaks of these and other diseases recurring.

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Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11

Released 7 March 2013

Where people live has a big impact on whether they will get care when they need it, within acceptable waiting times, and at a price they can afford. The first Healthy Communities report from the National Health Performance Authority is the first to enable Australians to see data about patient experiences and GP visits expressed at a local level.

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