Population health data

We hold different types of data about the health of Australians of all ages and from all across the country. This gives us important evidence to help us develop policy and programs that are effective at helping Australians stay healthy.

Why population health data is important

A strong evidence base of population health data at different points in time and over time gives us valuable insights into:

  • the health issues Australians are facing
  • the factors that affect health
  • what approaches work or don’t work in tackling disease and encouraging Australians to live a healthy lifestyle.

This helps us develop effective policy and programs that improve the health of Australians of all ages, wherever they live.

Our population health data holdings

We collate and publish health statistics, summaries and reports about:

We apply a common sense data access and release policy supported by streamlined processes. This ensures public access to useful, de-personalised data.

Other population health data

We also use data created by other government agencies and partners to develop policy and inform decisions:

Data Integration Partnership for Australia

The Data Integration Partnership for Australia worked to build and expand data assets across government.

As a member of the Social, Health and Welfare Unit, we use the education, health and welfare data to:

  • develop more effective policy interventions
  • design better services
  • improve program delivery.

The Australian Immunisation Register has been linked to the ABS’s Person Level Integrated Data Asset (PLIDA) to allow more complex immunisation analysis and reporting by population characteristics to inform policy decision-making and evaluation.

Read more about this data linkage: Australian Immunisation Register linked to the Person Level Integrated Data Asset.

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