Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework - 2010

Tier 1: Health Status and Outcomes

Page last updated: 26 May 2011


Tier 1, Health Status and Outcomes, provides measures of current estimates and recent trends in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on a range of health issues. These measures show the gap in the prevalence or incidence of health conditions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and discuss whether the gap is widening or narrowing over time. Tier 1 shows which health conditions cause the highest morbidity and mortality in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. These measures also track whether the nature of health conditions that cause significant morbidity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people change over time.

Health Status and Outcomes covers four domains: health conditions; human function; life expectancy and wellbeing; and deaths. Within these domains, measures cover the issues of child and maternal health, chronic diseases, injury, communicable disease, human function, social and emotional wellbeing and overall health status.

Measures of Health Status and Outcomes are closely related to Health Determinants and Health System Performance. Improvements in measures shown by Tier 1 are dependent on changes in the immediate and underlying determinants of health reported in Tier 2, and in the access to, and effectiveness of, health system performance reported in Tier 3. Improvements in Tier 1 measures will occur only as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are able to live healthier lives and are able to use high quality health services according to need. Readers are encouraged to consider the implications for policies and programs in light of the measures of Health Status and Outcomes as these provide a better understanding of Health Determinants and Health System Performance.

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