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Visit the Healthy community indicatorsExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/indicators/healthy-community-indicators] page to use the new interactive tool to explore health topics including health risk factors, cancer, expenditure, and different population groups in your Primary Health Network (PHN) area.

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Once the MyHealthyCommunities website closes, you will be able to access an archived version through TroveExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://trove.nla.gov.au/], the National Library of Australia’sExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.nla.gov.au/] web archive. Please note the interactive content will not work in the archived version.

Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11 - Technical Supplement - Summary

Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11

Summary

This Technical Supplement summarises methods used to calculate descriptive statistics of performance indicators presented in the Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11. Due to the complexity of the methods used, this supplement is targeted at individuals with technical expertise in the creation and use of health information.

Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11 publishes statistics for 61 Medicare Locals, and seven clusters of Medicare Locals called peer groups. For each Medicare Local and peer group, the National Health Performance Authority has published performance indicators using:

The Authority identified seven peer groups of Medicare Locals on the basis of:

  • Proximity of each Medicare Local to major metropolitan cities (using the ABS Australian Standard Geographic Classification, 2006 Remoteness Structure)
  • Proximity to major hospitals (A1 public hospitals in AIHWs Public Hospital Peer Group classification, 2010-11)
  • Socioeconomic status.
  • These peer groups were used to support comparisons of Medicare Locals grouped within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group (see See Medicare Local peer group design).

This Technical Supplement provides information about the data sources used and references for further information.

Note: This Technical Supplement relates to the report Healthy Communities: Australians’ experiences with primary health care in 2010–11 (published March 2013). Data and methods relating to MBS statistics have since been revised. Please see the Technical Note accompanying the Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2015–16 for the most up-to-date results and methods.