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Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012 - Report - Health status and outcomes

Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012

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Health status and outcomes

Year of data: 2010–12

During 2010–2012, the infant and young child mortality rate varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 2.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in Bayside (Vic) to 9.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in the Northern Territory.

Number of deaths among infants and young children aged less than 5 years per 1,000 live births, 2010–2012

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the number of deaths among infants and young children aged less than 5 years per 1,000 live births in 2010–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
2.6 – 3.3
3.4 – 3.9
4.0 – 4.7
4.8 – 5.3
5.4 – 9.2
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
211
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the number of deaths among infants and young children aged less than 5 years per 1,000 live births in 2010–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Notes:
Deaths are attributed to the Medicare Local catchment in which the infant or young child usually resided, irrespective of where they died. Births are attributed to the Medicare Local catchment in which the mother usually resided, irrespective of where the birth occurred.
Sources:
National Health Performance Authority analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics Death Registrations Collection 2010–2012 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Birth Registrations Collection 2010–2012.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data page.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Infant and young child mortality rate
Metro 1 3.3
Bayside 202 2.6
Sydney Nth Shore & Beaches 108 2.8
Eastern Sydney 101 3.0
Northern Sydney 107 3.1
Inner East Melbourne 206 3.3
Inner West Sydney 102 3.6
Australian Capital Territory 801 3.8
Inner NW Melbourne 201 4.2
Metro 2 4.1
South Western Melbourne 203 2.9
Perth North Metro 502 3.0
South Eastern Sydney 103 3.0
Perth Central & East Metro 501 3.2
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 3.4
Fremantle 503 3.4
Bentley-Armadale 504 3.6
Eastern Melbourne 207 3.7
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 3.9
Metro North Brisbane 301 4.7
Gold Coast 303 5.0
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 6.1
Metro 3 4.3
Northern Melbourne 205 3.3
Northern Adelaide 401 3.4
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 3.9
West Moreton-Oxley 305 4.3
Western Sydney 105 4.4
South Eastern Melbourne 208 4.8
South Western Sydney 104 5.0
Regional 1 4.3
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 3.3
Barwon 210 3.6
Central Coast NSW 109 3.9
Perth South Coastal 505 3.9
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 4.3
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 4.7
Hunter 111 4.8
Sunshine Coast 304 5.8
Regional 2 5.0
Goulburn Valley 215 3.5
Southern NSW 117 4.0
Gippsland 217 4.0
Hume 216 4.1
Great South Coast 212 4.3
Grampians 211 4.4
Tasmania 601 4.7
South West WA 506 4.9
North Coast NSW 113 5.0
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 5.1
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 5.3
Murrumbidgee 116 5.7
Western NSW 115 5.7
New England 114 6.1
Wide Bay 307 6.2
Country South SA 404 6.5
Rural 1 5.6
Country North SA 405 4.9
Townsville-Mackay 310 5.0
Far West NSW 118 5.3
Lower Murray 213 5.7
Central Qld 308 7.3
Rural 2 7.9
Goldfields-Midwest 507 4.9
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 6.7
Central & NW Qld 309 8.1
Far North Qld 311 8.5
Northern Territory 701 9.2

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2010–12

During 2010–2012, the infant mortality rate varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 2.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in Sydney North Shore & Beaches and Bayside (Vic) to 7.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in the Northern Territory.

Number of deaths among infants aged less than 1 year per 1,000 live births, 2010–2012

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the number of deaths among infants per 1,000 live births in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
2.3 – 2.8
2.9 – 3.2
3.3 – 3.7
3.8 – 4.5
4.6 – 7.6
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
507
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the number of deaths among infants per 1,000 live births in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Notes:
Deaths are attributed to the Medicare Local catchment in which the infant or young child usually resided, irrespective of where they died. Births are attributed to the Medicare Local catchment in which the mother usually resided, irrespective of where the birth occurred.
Sources:
National Health Performance Authority analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics Death Registrations Collection 2010–2012 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Birth Registrations Collection 2010–2012.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data page.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Infant mortality rate
Metro 1 2.9
Bayside 202 2.3
Sydney Nth Shore & Beaches 108 2.3
Eastern Sydney 101 2.7
Northern Sydney 107 2.8
Inner East Melbourne 206 3.0
Inner West Sydney 102 3.2
Australian Capital Territory 801 3.2
Inner NW Melbourne 201 3.7
Metro 2 3.6
Perth North Metro 502 2.4
South Western Melbourne 203 2.4
Perth Central & East Metro 501 2.6
Fremantle 503 2.6
South Eastern Sydney 103 2.7
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 2.9
Bentley-Armadale 504 3.0
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 3.2
Eastern Melbourne 207 3.3
Metro North Brisbane 301 4.1
Gold Coast 303 4.4
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 5.5
Metro 3 3.6
Northern Melbourne 205 2.7
Northern Adelaide 401 2.9
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 3.6
West Moreton-Oxley 305 3.7
Western Sydney 105 3.8
South Eastern Melbourne 208 4.0
South Western Sydney 104 4.4
Regional 1 3.6
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 2.6
Barwon 210 2.8
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 3.2
Perth South Coastal 505 3.5
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 3.5
Central Coast NSW 109 3.7
Hunter 111 4.0
Sunshine Coast 304 4.8
Regional 2 4.1
Goulburn Valley 215 2.8
Great South Coast 212 2.9
South West WA 506 3.1
Grampians 211 3.3
Southern NSW 117 3.4
Gippsland 217 3.5
Hume 216 3.7
Tasmania 601 4.1
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 4.3
North Coast NSW 113 4.3
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 4.3
Western NSW 115 4.5
Country South SA 404 4.6
Murrumbidgee 116 4.9
Wide Bay 307 5.0
New England 114 5.3
Rural 1 4.6
Country North SA 405 3.8
Townsville-Mackay 310 4.0
Central Qld 308 6.1
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 6.5
Goldfields-Midwest 507 3.7
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 5.7
Central & NW Qld 309 6.9
Far North Qld 311 7.0
Northern Territory 701 7.6
NP
Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2009–11

During 2009–2011, the percentage of liveborn babies of low birthweight varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 3.3% in Sydney North Shore & Beaches to 7.7% in Northern Territory.

Percentage of live births that were of low birthweight, all women, 2009–2011

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of low birthweight babies for all women in 2009–11. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
3.3 – 4.3%
4.4 – 4.7%
4.8 – 4.9%
5.0 – 5.5%
5.6 – 7.7%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
402
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of low birthweight babies for all women in 2009–11. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Notes:
Multiple births and stillbirths are excluded. Births are attributed to the Medicare Local catchment in which the mother usually resided, irrespective of where the birth occurred. Data exclude births to Australian non-residents, residents of external territories and women who could not be allocated to a Medicare Local catchment because their Statistical Local Area of usual residence was not stated or was not valid.
Sources:
Customised data report prepared for the National Health Performance Authority from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Perinatal Data Collection 2009–2011.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data page.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Infant mortality rate
Metro 1 4.0%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 4.4%
Inner East Melbourne 206 4.3%
Australian Capital Territory* 801 4.3%
Inner West Sydney 102 4.2%
Bayside 202 4.0%
Northern Sydney 107 3.6%
Eastern Sydney 101 3.5%
Sydney Nth Shore & Beaches 108 3.3%
Metro 2 4.6%
South Western Melbourne 203 5.2%
Bentley-Armadale 504 5.1%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 4.8%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 4.7%
Eastern Melbourne 207 4.7%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 4.7%
Perth North Metro 502 4.7%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 4.6%
Metro North Brisbane 301 4.6%
Gold Coast 303 4.2%
South Eastern Sydney 103 4.0%
Fremantle 503 3.7%
Metro 3 4.9%
Northern Adelaide 401 5.7%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 5.1%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 4.9%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 4.9%
Northern Melbourne 205 4.9%
Western Sydney 105 4.8%
South Western Sydney 104 4.7%
Regional 1 4.6%
Central Coast NSW 109 4.9%
Sunshine Coast 304 4.9%
Hunter 111 4.7%
Barwon 210 4.4%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 4.4%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 4.3%
Perth South Coastal 505 4.3%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 4.3%
Regional 2 5.1%
Country South SA 404 5.6%
New England 114 5.6%
Tasmania 601 5.6%
Gippsland 217 5.5%
Goulburn Valley 215 5.4%
Wide Bay 307 5.3%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 5.2%
Southern NSW 117 5.2%
Grampians 211 5.2%
Hume 216 5.0%
Great South Coast 212 5.0%
Western NSW 115 4.9%
North Coast NSW 113 4.8%
Murrumbidgee 116 4.7%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 4.6%
South West WA 506 4.4%
Rural 1 5.4%
Far West NSW 118 7.5%
Lower Murray 213 5.8%
Country North SA 405 5.6%
Townsville-Mackay 310 5.2%
Central Qld 308 5.0%
Rural 2 6.8%
Northern Territory 701 7.7%
Central & NW Qld 309 7.6%
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 6.5%
Far North Qld 311 6.2%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 5.8%
*
In 2009–2011, there were 202 liveborn babies of women who usually resided in the Australian Capital Territory and gave birth in New South Wales who were not counted in the result for the Australian Capital Territory Medicare Local catchment.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2007–11

During 2007–2011, the percentage of liveborn babies of low birthweight born to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 6.7% in Frankston-Mornington Peninsula (Vic) to 17.5% in Gippsland (Vic).

Percentage of live births that were of low birthweight, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, 2007–2011

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of low birthweight babies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in 2007–11. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
6.7 – 8.1%
8.2 – 10.0%
10.1 – 11.6%
11.7 – 13.0%
13.1 – 17.5%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
402
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of low birthweight babies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in 2007–11. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Notes:
Multiple births and stillbirths are excluded. Births are attributed to the Medicare Local catchment in which the mother usually resided, irrespective of where the birth occurred. Data exclude births to Australian non-residents, residents of external territories and women who could not be allocated to a Medicare Local catchment because their Statistical Local Area of usual residence was not stated or was not valid.
Source:
Customised data report prepared for the National Health Performance Authority from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Perinatal Data Collection 2007–2011.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data page.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Infant mortality rate
Metro 1 10.3%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 13.5%
Inner West Sydney 102 13.1%
Australian Capital Territory * 801 11.6%
Eastern Sydney 101 8.0%
Northern Sydney 107 NP
Sydney Nth Shore & Beaches 108 NP
Bayside 202 NP
Inner East Melbourne 206 NP
Metro 2 10.2%
Bentley-Armadale 504 14.3%
Fremantle 503 13.0%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 12.9%
Perth North Metro 502 11.9%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 10.6%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 9.1%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 8.9%
Gold Coast 303 8.3%
South Eastern Sydney 103 7.2%
Metro North Brisbane 301 7.1%
South Western Melbourne 203 NP
Eastern Melbourne 207 NP
Metro 3 10.3%
Northern Adelaide 401 13.5%
Western Sydney 105 11.6%
Northern Melbourne 205 10.0%
South Western Sydney 104 9.7%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 8.0%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 7.2%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 7.0%
Regional 1 9.7%
Barwon 210 13.0%
Perth South Coastal 505 10.8%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 10.3%
Hunter 111 10.3%
Central Coast NSW 109 9.9%
Sunshine Coast 304 8.1%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 7.8%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 6.7%
Regional 2 10.5%
Gippsland 217 17.5%
Great South Coast 212 16.4%
Southern NSW 117 14.7%
South West WA 506 14.0%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 12.1%
Grampians 211 11.9%
New England 114 11.5%
Hume 216 10.9%
Country South SA 404 10.7%
North Coast NSW 113 10.6%
Goulburn Valley 215 9.7%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 9.3%
Western NSW 115 8.9%
Tasmania 601 8.3%
Murrumbidgee 116 7.8%
Wide Bay 307 7.6%
Rural 1 11.4%
Lower Murray 213 13.6%
Country North SA 405 13.0%
Far West NSW 118 12.4%
Townsville-Mackay 310 10.9%
Central Qld 308 9.1%
Rural 2 12.2%
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 13.3%
Northern Territory 701 13.0%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 12.5%
Central & NW Qld 309 12.3%
Far North Qld 311 10.3%
*
In 2007–2011, there were eight liveborn babies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who usually resided in the Australian Capital Territory and gave birth in New South Wales who were not counted in the result for the Australian Capital Territory Medicare Local catchment.
NP
Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

2. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

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