Population Health Data

Page last updated: 22 January 2016

Cancer incidence and screening data presented by Primary Health Networks

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has developed a set of dynamic data display webpages that present data in an interactive format for users. These data displays provide an at-a-glance view of cancer incidence, and cancer screening participation for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), the National BreastScreen Australia (BSA) Program and the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) by Primary Health Networks.

Participation is a key performance indicator/measure for the three national population based screening programs. Data for the NBCSP is sourced from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Register maintained by the Department of Human Services, and data from the BSA and NCSP is sourced from state and territory screening registers. Population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics is used to derive rates of participation in the BSA and the NCSP. For the NBCSP, the number of invitees to the program is used to derive participation rates.

The data display webpages include data that was available prior to the introduction of Primary Health Networks, which were established on 1 July 2015.

Patient Experiences in Australia 2013-14

The ABS Patient Experience Survey is conducted annually and collects data on access and barriers to a range of health care services, including general practitioners (GPs), medical specialists, dental professionals, imaging and pathology tests, hospital admissions and emergency department visits. It includes data from people that accessed health services in the previous 12 months, as well as from those who did not, and enables analysis of health service information in relation to particular population groups. Data are also collected on aspects of communication between patients and health professionals.

Data on patient experience is of value to both users of health services as well as those aiming to improve the health system. High quality health care leads to better health outcomes, and barriers to accessing health services may impede the best possible outcome.

The availability of GPs, impact of varying levels of service and the coordination of health care are all important factors in ensuring an accessible and high quality health care system for all Australians.

For more information on the 2013-14 Patient Experience Survey see:
Patient Experiences in Australia, 2013-14 (cat no, 4839.0) (Excel 341 KB)

Australian Health Survey Core 2011-2012

These tables present information from the 2011-12 Australian Health Survey. The 2011-12 Australian Health Survey (AHS) is the largest and most comprehensive health survey ever conducted in Australia. The survey was designed to collect a range of information from Australians about health related issues, including health status, risk factors, socioeconomic circumstances, health-related actions and use of medical services.

For more information on the 2011-12 AHS please refer to:
Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-2012 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.003) (Excel 278 KB)
Australian Health Survey Users' Guide, 2011-13 (cat no. 4363.0.55.001 ).

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2012-13 and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2012-13

These tables present information from the 2012-13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey . This survey was part of the broader Australian Health Survey and collected information from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in non-remote areas and remote areas, including discrete communities. Information collected included health status, risk factors, socioeconomic circumstances, health-related actions and use of medical services.

For more information please refer to:
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Updated Results, 2012-13 (cat no. 4727.0.55.006) (Excel 155 KB)


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