About the data
The data were sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Health Survey 2014–15. Participants in the survey aged 18 years and over were asked whether they smoked at least once a day. A current daily smoker was defined as a person who smokes one or more cigarettes, roll-your-own cigarettes, cigars or pipes at least once a day. Chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes (and similar) and the smoking of non-tobacco products were excluded.
For more information refer to this report’s Technical Note.
What is a 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. Due to the availability of robust and representative data at PHN area-level from the ABS National Health Survey, results for 27 of the 31 PHN areas have been published.
The results in this report relate to the period before PHNs were established; therefore, the findings do not reflect the performance of PHNs.