Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2011–12 - Report - Health status and outcomes

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

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Health status and outcomes

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, the percentage of adults who reported a positive health status varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 77% to 92%.1, 2

Percentage of adults who reported excellent, very good or good health, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.3 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults within each medicare local catchment who reported excellent, very good or good health in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
77 – 81%
82 – 84%
85%
86 – 87%
88 – 92%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of adults within each medicare local catchment who reported excellent, very good or good health in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. Response options included excellent, very good, good, fair or poor. Responses of excellent, very good or good were considered positive.

2. Self-assessed health status is based on the respondent’s perception of their own health status, which can change quickly. Care should be taken when interpreting the data.

3. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

4. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: Survey excludes adults living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups4, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of adults who reported excellent, very good or good health
Metro 1 89%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches # 108 92%
Inner East Melbourne 206 89%
Bayside 202 89%
Inner West Sydney 102 88%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 88%
Northern Sydney 107 88%
Eastern Sydney 101 87%
Australian Capital Territory 801 87%
Metro 2 86%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 89%
Metro North Brisbane # 301 89%
Gold Coast 303 89%
Perth North Metro 502 88%
Eastern Melbourne 207 88%
Fremantle 503 88%
South Eastern Sydney 103 87%
Bentley-Armadale 504 85%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 85%
South Western Melbourne 203 84%
Greater Metro South Brisbane # 302 83%
Central Adelaide & Hills # 402 83%
Metro 3 83%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 86%
Northern Melbourne 205 85%
Western Sydney 105 84%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 84%
Northern Adelaide 401 81%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 81%
South Western Sydney # 104 80%
Regional 1 85%
Perth South Coastal 505 87%
Sunshine Coast 304 86%
Barwon 210 86%
Hunter 111 85%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 84%
Central Coast NSW 109 84%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 84%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 82%
Regional 2 82%
North Coast NSW 113 85%
South West WA 506 85%
Gippsland 217 85%
Hume 216 84%
New England 114 84%
Grampians 211 84%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 83%
Wide Bay 307 82%
Tasmania 601 82%
Western NSW 115 80%
Murrumbidgee 116 79%
Goulburn Valley # 215 79%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 78%
Country South SA 404 77%
Southern NSW 117 NP
Great South Coast 212 NP
Rural 1 84%
Country North SA 405 85%
Townsville-Mackay 310 84%
Central Qld 308 82%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 86%
Northern Territory 701 88%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 87%
Far North Qld 311 82%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically significant variation (at the 95% confidence level) from the peer group result.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas.

NP Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, the percentage of aldults who reported having a long-term health condition varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 34% to 60%.1

Percentage of adults who reported having a long-term health condition, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults within each medicare local catchment who reported having a long-term health condition in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
34 – 39%
40 – 43%
44 – 46%
47 – 51%
52 – 60%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of adults within each medicare local catchment who reported having a long-term health condition in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. Long-term health conditions included any of the following conditions that had lasted, or were likely to last, 6 months or more: arthritis or osteoporosis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart or circulatory condition, mental illness, long-term injury, or any other long-term health condition.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

3. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of adults who reported having a long-term health condition
Metro 1 40%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 43%
Northern Sydney 107 42%
Bayside 202 42%
Inner East Melbourne 206 42%
Australian Capital Territory 801 41%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 39%
Eastern Sydney 101 37%
Inner West Sydney # 102 34%
Metro 2 42%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 49%
Central Adelaide & Hills # 402 46%
Eastern Melbourne 207 45%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 44%
Perth North Metro 502 43%
South Western Melbourne 203 42%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 41%
Metro North Brisbane 301 41%
Bentley-Armadale 504 41%
Fremantle 503 39%
Gold Coast 303 39%
South Eastern Sydney 103 38%
Metro 3 44%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 49%
Northern Adelaide # 401 49%
South Western Sydney 104 46%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 45%
Northern Melbourne 205 43%
Western Sydney 105 42%
South Eastern Melbourne # 208 37%
Regional 1 51%
Central Coast NSW # 109 58%
Hunter 111 53%
Sunshine Coast 304 53%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 52%
Perth South Coastal 505 49%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula # 209 45%
Barwon 210 44%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 NP
Regional 2 51%
Country South SA # 404 60%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 58%
Grampians 211 53%
Murrumbidgee 116 52%
Goulburn Valley 215 52%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 52%
Tasmania 601 52%
North Coast NSW 113 51%
Western NSW 115 51%
Gippsland 217 48%
New England 114 47%
Southern NSW 117 46%
South West WA # 506 45%
Great South Coast 212 NP
Hume 216 NP
Wide Bay 307 NP
Rural 1 43%
Country North SA # 405 48%
Central Qld 308 41%
Townsville-Mackay 310 39%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 45%
Far North Qld 311 50%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 44%
Northern Territory 701 41%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically significant variation (at the 95% confidence level) from the peer group result.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas.

NP Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

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