Healthy Communities: Life Expectancy and Potentially Avoidable Deaths in 2013–2015 - Report - About the data

Healthy Communities: Life Expectancy and Potentially Avoidable Deaths in 2013–2015

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About the data

The data were sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Life Tables, 2011–2015, and the AIHW National Mortality Database, 2009–2015.

Life expectancy at birth is the number of years of life that a person is expected to live at the time they are born.

Potentially avoidable deaths are deaths below the age of 75 from conditions that are potentially preventable through individualised care and/or treatable through existing primary or hospital care.

For more information refer to the Technical Note

Primary Health Network

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are local organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area, with the boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Thirty-one PHNs commenced operations on 1 July 2015, replacing Medicare Locals. They have the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

In this report, a PHN area refers to the population that lives in the geographic area covered by a particular PHN.

The results in this report relate to the period before PHNs were established; therefore, the findings do not reflect the performance of PHNs.

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