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The National Health Performance Authority closed on 30 June 2016. From 1 July 2016, activities related to reporting against the indicators contained in the Performance and Accountability Framework (PAF) are the responsibility of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Refer to http://www.aihw.gov.au/health-performance/performance-and-accountability-framework for further information on the PAF.



Hospital Performance

Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals from 2011–12 to 2013–14

Released 28 April 2016

The cost of providing a notional ‘average’ service to acute admitted patients at 47 major metropolitan hospitals can be almost twice as high across public hospitals – $3100 at one hospital compared to $6100 at another. The report also for the first time reveals how these costs have changed at each hospital over three financial years.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals from 2011–12 to 2013–14
Compare the efficiency of Australia’s largest public hospitals with our interactive tool

Healthy Communities

Use of emergency department and GP services in 2013–14

Released 28 April 2016

This report examines the factors that drive ED attendances and how in-hours and after-hours ED attendance rates compare with GP attendance rates in capital cities in each case.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Use of emergency department and GP services in 2013–14

Healthy Communities

Immunisation rates for children in 2014–15

Released 18 February 2016

Although the percentage of children fully immunised in Australia is high, rates are not uniform across the country and there are significant variations at the local level. Low immunisation coverage rates persist across many local areas, exposing vulnerable children to vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough. The report looks at child immunisation rates across the 31 Primary Health Network areas as well as more than 300 smaller local areas (SA3) and Australian postcodes.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2014–15
Explore immunisation rates for Australian communities by geography and age group.

Healthy Communities

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14

Released 10 December 2015

Effective primary health care can keep people healthy and reduce unnecessary hospitalisations which impose significant extra costs on the health system. This report looks at rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations for 22 conditions across Primary Health Network areas and more than 300 smaller local areas. Results are highlighted for five conditions that contribute most to potentially preventable hospitalisations: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes complications, heart failure, cellulitis, and kidney and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

  View report: Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14
Explore potentially preventable hospitalisations data for Australian communities

MyHospitals data release

Hand hygiene (explanatory notes)

Released 10 December 2015

‘Hand hygiene’ is a measure of the extent to which health care workers clean their hands before and while caring for patients, either by washing in soap and water or by using other products such as disinfectant gels. This release updates data for Audit Period 1, ending March 2015 and Audit Period 2, ending June 2015.

  View overview: MyHospitals data release: Hand hygiene (explanatory notes)

Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

Released 26 November 2015

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, in partnership with the National Health Performance Authority, has released the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The Atlas aims to identify and reduce unwarranted health care variation and improve care and outcomes, while ensuring value in health care spending. The themes explored in the Atlas reflect current national health care priorities and include: antimicrobial dispensing, diagnostic interventions, surgical interventions, interventions for mental health and psychotropic medicines, interventions for chronic disease and opioid dispensing.

  View report: Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

MyHealthyCommunities web update

Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2013–14

Released 19 November 2015

Updated Medicare Benefits Schedule data by Primary Health Network area for 13 measures of health care usage and expenditure (GP and specialist).

  View update: MyHealthyCommunities web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2013–14

MyHealthyCommunities web update

Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2013–14

Released 1 October 2015

Updated patient experience data by Primary Health Network area for measures including waiting times for GPs and access to hospital care.

  View update: MyHealthyCommunities web update: Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2013–14

Healthy Communities

HPV immunisation rates for girls in 2013

Released 27 August 2015

There is marked variation across local areas nationally in the percentage of 15-year-old girls fully immunised against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus known to cause cervical cancer. This report breaks data down by Primary Health Network areas.

  View report: Healthy Communities: HPV immunisation rates for girls in 2013

Hospital Performance

Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals in 2011–12

Released 30 April 2015

Hospitals account for a large share of the funds Australia spends on the health sector each year. This report is the result of innovative work by the National Health Performance Authority that for the first time allows meaningful comparisons of the relative efficiency of Australia’s largest public hospitals using two measures: Comparable Cost of Care and Cost per National Weighted Activity Unit (NWAU).

  View report: Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals in 2011–12
Compare the relative financial efficiency of public hospitals

Hospital Performance

Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureusbloodstream infections in 2013–14

Released 9 April 2015

In 2013–14 there were 1,621 cases of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection reported by Australian public hospitals – around 100, nearly 6% fewer, cases than in 2012–13.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureusbloodstream infections in 2013–14
Interactive view: Compare infection rates across hospitals

Healthy Communities

Frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in 2012–13

Released 19 March 2015

Many Australians are fortunate to experience very good or excellent health and have few or no long-term health conditions. However, one in eight Australians visit a GP 12 or more times a year. This report looks at the most frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in Australia.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in 2012–13
Download new patient experience data 2012-13 also released today

Healthy Communities

GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009–2013

Released 11 December 2014

The first report on how GPs manage patients who have one or more chronic health conditions shows GPs in some parts of Australia are up to twice as likely to prescribe drugs for common health conditions such as depression and heart disease compared to doctors in other areas.

  View report: Healthy Communities: GP care for patients with chronic conditions 2009–2013

Hospital Performance

Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2012–13

Released 2 October 2014

A comparison of waiting times for malignant bowel, breast and lung cancer surgery at public hospitals found that the vast majority had their surgery within 30 days, but 1,028 patients waited longer than 30 days.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2012–13

Healthy Communities

Child and maternal health in 2009–2012

Released 31 July 2014

The first report from the National Health Performance Authority that presents data at the local level for infant and young child mortality, low birthweight, smoking during pregnancy and access to antenatal care finds while rates of infant and young child deaths have fallen dramatically in recent years, Australia’s rate is still three times higher than that of the best-performing OECD countries.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012

Hospital Performance

Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2012 and 2013

Released 29 May 2014

Compare the percentage of patients leaving emergency departments within four hours of arrival across major and large hospitals. City hospitals show some big improvements in the percentages of patients who leave emergency departments within four hours.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2012 and 2013

Healthy Communities

Immunisation rates for children in 2012–13

Released 27 March 2014

The second childhood immunisation rates report from the National Health Performance Authority finds the biggest improvements in immunisation rates were seen across five-year-old children, the age when they should have completed their childhood immunisations. New data on the percentages of girls aged 15 years fully immunised against human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus known to cause cervical cancer, are also available by Medicare Local catchment for the first time in the report.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2012–13
Interactive: search for results across postcodes and local areas

Hospital Performance

Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2012–13

Released 13 March 2014

At major hospitals with more patients at risk of infection, reported cases were more than six times higher in the hospital with the highest rate compared to the hospital with the lowest rate.

Data revision: Since publication in March 2014, some figures have been revised following updates to information from states and territories. View the table of changes. The most up-to-date results for each hospital are available on the MyHospitals website.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2012–2013

MyHospitals data release

Hand Hygiene

Released 31 January 2014

'Hand hygiene' is a measure of the extent to which doctors and nurses clean their hands between patients, either by washing in soap and water or by using other products such as disinfectant gels.

  View overview: MyHospitals data release: Hand hygiene
Visit MyHospitals to see your hospital results

Healthy Communities

Avoidable deaths and life expectancies in 2009–2011

Released 12 December 2013

Australians are much more likely to die unnecessarily from treatable conditions depending on where they live – and there are big differences even within similar urban and rural areas. In the three years 2009–2011 the average rate of avoidable deaths per year was more than three times higher in some local areas compared to others.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Avoidable deaths and life expectancies in 2009–2011

Hospital Performance

Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2011–12

Released 28 November 2013

The first hospital-by-hospital comparison of waiting times for breast, bowel and lung cancer surgery finds 1,090 patients waited longer than 30 days for surgery.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2011–12

Hospital Performance

Length of stay in public hospitals in 2011–12

Released 7 November 2013

The time patients spend in hospital for 16 common conditions or procedures can be up to four times longer at some big city hospitals compared to others.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Length of stay in public hospitals in 2011–12

Healthy Communities

Selected potentially avoidable hospitalisations in 2011–12

Released 7 November 2013

Are too many people spending time in hospital when they could be treated in the community? This report finds marked variations in the rate of admission for 21 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially avoidable. A high rate of potentially avoidable hospitalisations may represent unnecessary use of hospital bed capacity, or they may be a consequence of shortfalls in the provision of or access to primary health care. Rates of avoidable hospitalisations may also be due to certain chronic or acute health conditions being more or less common in the community.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Selected potentially avoidable hospitalisations in 2011–12

Healthy Communities

Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2011–12

Released 24 October 2013

High rates of overweight and obesity are scattered across all local areas including wealthy inner city, rural and disadvantaged communities. In comparing similar communities, the Performance Authority found the percentages of obese or overweight adults ranged across local areas from 49% to 79% in 2011–12. National or state-level averages camouflage how high these rates have become in many local areas.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2011–12

Healthy Communities

Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2011–12

Released 24 October 2013

Smoking is still one of the largest single preventable causes of death and disease in Australia and is a major risk factor for many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke and many cancers. While smoking rates have been declining nationally, rates in some local areas are still relatively high.

  View report: Healthy Communities:Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2011–12

MyHospitals web update

Waiting times for elective surgery and time spent in emergency departments

Released 25 July 2013

Latest emergency department data shows big improvements in the time patients spend in emergency departments.

  View overview: MyHospitals web update: Waiting times for elective surgery and time spent in emergency departments


Healthy Communities

Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2011–12

Released 20 June 2013

Primary health care organisations face different challenges in ensuring health care is responsive to the needs of people in their local areas. This report looks at a number of aspects of Australians’ health and their use of health care services. It examines how many times people visit GPs, and whether they visit a dentist or other practitioner, whether they experience waiting times they believe to be excessive, and whether people find the costs of services hard to afford.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2011–12


Healthcare-associated <em>Staphylococcus aureus</em> bloodstream infections in 2011-12

Hospital Performance

Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2011–12

Released 23 May 2013

Australia's biggest public hospitals account for a disproportionate share of reported bloodstream infections caused by the potentially deadly bacterium Staphylococcus aureus that patients sometimes develop while receiving hospital care.

Data revision: Since publication in May 2013, some figures have been revised following updates to information from states and territories. View the table of changes. The most up-to-date results for each hospital are available on the MyHospitals website.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in 2011-12


Immunisation rates for children in 2011-12

Healthy Communities

Immunisation rates for children in 2011–12

Released 11 April 2013

The first local-level report on childhood immunisation rates finds more than 70,000 Australian children aged up to 5 years are not fully immunised. Immunisation helps protect individuals and the community generally against potentially serious diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis). Although the great majority of children in Australia are immunised, it is important to maintain high immunisation rates to reduce the risk of outbreaks of these and other diseases recurring.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2011-12


Australians’ experiences with primary health care in 2010-11

Healthy Communities

Australians’ experiences with primary health care in 2010–11

Released 7 March 2013

Where people live has a big impact on whether they will get care when they need it, within acceptable waiting times, and at a price they can afford. The first Healthy Communities report from the National Health Performance Authority is the first to enable Australians to see data about patient experiences and GP visits expressed at a local level.

  View report: Healthy Communities: Australians’ experiences with primary health care in 2010-11


Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011-12

Hospital Performance

Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011–12

Released 14 December 2012

Shows large variations between hospitals in the percentage of patients who leave emergency departments within the four-hour timeframe agreed by Australian governments.

  View report: Hospital Performance: Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011-12 (PDF 3.3 MB)

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