The Alliance’s work towards good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia is guided and supported by a wide range of data. Relevant data come from agencies and organisations including (but not limited to) the:
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW);
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS);
- National Health Performance Authority (NHPA);
- Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) at The University of Adelaide; and
- Regional Australia Institute.
Peer reviewed journals such as the Australian Journal of Rural Health provide critical review, discussion and insights into rural health.
What do we mean by “rural” Australia? There are many different geographic classifications used by organisations when reporting rural health data. These include:
- ASGS Remoteness (Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote and Very remote);
- Capital cities and “rest of state”;
- ABS Section of state (major urban, other urban, bounded localities, and rural balance);
- Federal electorates;
- The Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) Remoteness Classification (Metropolitan, provincial, remote categories);
- Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) (Highly accessible, Accessible, Moderately accessible, Remote and Very remote categories);
- Standard ABS Geography such as Statistical Area 1, Statistical Area 2; and
- Modified Monash Model (MMM), which combines remoteness with the size of the local population centre; and
- Primary Health Networks, which replaces Medicare Local areas.
So, what’s new in rural health data? Have you seen the AIHW's website and reports:
- Australia's Health 2016
- Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011
- Perils of place: identifying hotspots of health inequality
- Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013–14
You may also be interested in the National Health Performance Authority's report GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009-13, Frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in 2012–13 and PHIDU's Life opportunities, Social Inclusion and Health Outcomes: an Australian Atlas.
The NRHA Little Book of Rural Health Numbers
We have commenced pulling together rural health information into a publically available source. This is an ongoing task, with additions and updates as and when resources allow and when new data is available.
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NHPA’s MyHospitals website contains service and performance information for over 1,000 public and private hospitals. It provides hospital profiles and comparable performance results for measures such as surgery waiting times and access to emergency departments by location or by hospital. The NHPA MyHealthyCommunities website shows detailed health information by geographical location for each of the Medicare Local areas.