Key Publications - Resources and notes

ABS review of rural health[email protected]/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features30Mar+2011#Endnote15

SCRGSP (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision) 2015, Report on Government Services 2015, vol. E, Health, Productivity Commission, Canberra.

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, 2015, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 Report, AHMAC, Canberra.

This is an outstanding compilation of data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and also in parts for non Indigenous people, frequently with detail on a wide range of determinants, health status, and access to services, by Remoteness or other city/rural geographic classification

AIHW The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2015

This is another outstanding source of data regarding Indigenous health, determinants and access to services, frequently reported by remoteness.

Report on government services 2015

AIHW Health Performance Framework detailed analyses 2014 (online data tables)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 data tables support the analysis in the national and state reports that are to be released in 2015. There are 69 Excel workbooks: one for each of the 68 HPF measures as well as demographic information. A wide range of data is presented for each measure, such as analysis by age, sex, jurisdiction, remoteness and over time. The data provided vary for each measure.This appears to be a veritable data treasure trove!

COAG reform council

A large proportion of AIHW publications report by Remoteness area.


Spatial mapping


A wide range of demographic, health, welfare and social information by a range of geographic areas down to SA1.


LGA level data for a large range of economic and demographic issues.

Exploring healthcare variation in Australia
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Exploring Healthcare Variation in Australia: Analyses Resulting from an OECD Study. Sydney: ACSQHC, 2014.

The National map

Data spatially arranged for a wide range of physical and social issues

ABS regional data

Census based demographic data by LGA, capital city and rest of state, and major statistical areas. Population size and composition, employment, occupation, family composition, qualifications, income, pensions, study, water use, and so on.

Dropping off the edge 2015
This is the 2015 update of the 2007 report, commissioned by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia, into place-based disadvantage across the Australia.


Key surveys and data sources

ABS National Health Survey

ABS General Social survey

ABS runs its general social survey 4 yearly, with the latest in 2014. Subjects covered include family and community support, physical exercise, culture and leisure, health, crime and safety, demographics, homelessness, information technology and access to services.  Results are provided by ASGS remoteness.[email protected]/Look /4159.0Main+Features12014?OpenDocument


Longitudinal surveys

Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

50,000 women in four cohorts followed since 1996 (or 2013 for the most recent cohort)


The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey

Ten to twenty thousand respondents followed since 2000


International resources

The NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare

Visual description of health issues by Primary Care Trust.