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Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012 - Report - Prevention

Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012

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Prevention

Year of data: 2009–11

During 2009–2011, the percentage of women who gave birth and smoked during pregnancy varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 1.8% in Sydney North Shore & Beaches to 33.1% in Far West NSW.

Percentage of women who gave birth and smoked during pregnancy, 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 all women who smoked during pregnancy 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.
1.8 – 9.5%
9.6 – 14.0%
14.1 – 18.8%
18.9 – 22.4%
22.5 – 33.1%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
506
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of all women who smoked during pregnancy 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:
Data exclude women whose smoking status was not stated, 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 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 Smoking during Pregnancy percentage
Metro 1 5.0%
Australian Capital Territory * 801 10.2%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 6.8%
Inner West Sydney 102 6.3%
Bayside 202 5.5%
Inner East Melbourne 206 3.9%
Eastern Sydney 101 2.5%
Northern Sydney 107 2.2%
Sydney Nth Shore & Beaches 108 1.8%
Metro 2 11.3%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 14.5%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 13.7%
Metro North Brisbane 301 13.0%
Bentley-Armadale 504 12.8%
Gold Coast 303 12.6%
Eastern Melbourne 207 11.3%
South Western Melbourne 203 11.1%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 10.8%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 9.6%
Perth North Metro 502 8.5%
Fremantle 503 7.4%
South Eastern Sydney 103 4.7%
Metro 3 13.2%
Northern Adelaide 401 22.4%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 19.6%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 15.4%
South Western Sydney 104 14.4%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 10.7%
Northern Melbourne 205 9.5%
Western Sydney 105 8.0%
Regional 1 16.1%
Perth South Coastal 505 18.8%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 18.5%
Hunter 111 16.9%
Central Coast NSW 109 15.8%
Sunshine Coast 304 15.6%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 14.8%
Barwon 210 14.0%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 14.0%
Regional 2 21.0%
Wide Bay 307 26.5%
Country South SA 404 25.6%
Goulburn Valley 215 24.4%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 23.9%
Western NSW 115 23.2%
New England 114 22.7%
Tasmania 601 22.2%
Gippsland 217 21.2%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 20.9%
Hume 216 19.2%
Southern NSW 117 19.2%
Great South Coast 212 19.1%
North Coast NSW 113 18.2%
Murrumbidgee 116 18.2%
South West WA 506 17.1%
Grampians 211 15.5%
Rural 1 22.2%
Far West NSW 118 33.1%
Country North SA 405 26.7%
Lower Murray 213 22.3%
Central Qld 308 22.1%
Townsville-Mackay 310 19.5%
Rural 2 26.0%
Central & NW Qld 309 27.6%
Far North Qld 311 27.3%
Northern Territory 701 27.0%
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 25.4%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 21.2%
*
In 2009–2011, there were 205 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who gave birth and smoked during pregnancy varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 29.4% in Macedon Ranges & North Western Melbourne to 66.4% in Goulburn Valley (Vic).

Percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who gave birth and smoked during pregnancy, 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who smoked during pregnancy 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.
NP
29.4 – 43.5%
43.6 – 49.0%
49.1 – 52.4%
52.5 – 55.3%
55.4 – 66.4%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
506
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who smoked during pregnancy 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:
Data exclude women whose smoking status was not stated, 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.

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

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 Smoking during Pregnancy percentage
Metro 1 40.3%
Australian Capital Territory * 801 53.7%
Inner West Sydney 102 49.0%
Eastern Sydney 101 35.1%
Northern Sydney 107 NP
Sydney Nth Shore & Beaches 108 NP
Inner NW Melbourne 201 NP
Bayside 202 NP
Inner East Melbourne 206 NP
Metro 2 47.3%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 56.7%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 55.3%
Bentley-Armadale 504 52.5%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 51.4%
Fremantle 503 47.6%
Metro North Brisbane 301 47.1%
Perth North Metro 502 44.3%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 43.5%
Gold Coast 303 35.0%
South Eastern Sydney 103 34.4%
South Western Melbourne 203 NP
Eastern Melbourne 207 NP
Metro 3 50.5%
Northern Adelaide 401 62.0%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 53.9%
Western Sydney 105 49.4%
South Western Sydney 104 47.0%
South Eastern Melbourne # 208 43.4%
Northern Melbourne # 205 35.7%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb # 204 29.4%
Regional 1 46.3%
Hunter 111 48.9%
Perth South Coastal 505 48.3%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 46.9%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 46.4%
Sunshine Coast 304 42.8%
Central Coast NSW 109 42.0%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 NP
Barwon 210 NP
Regional 2 54.4%
Goulburn Valley # 215 66.4%
Country South SA 404 64.6%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 60.4%
Southern NSW 117 55.6%
New England 114 55.1%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray # 214 54.4%
Western NSW 115 53.1%
Tasmania 601 52.7%
North Coast NSW 113 52.5%
Murrumbidgee 116 52.1%
Gippsland # 217 52.1%
Hume # 216 51.8%
South West WA 506 51.8%
Wide Bay 307 50.4%
Grampians # 211 34.7%
Great South Coast 212 NP
Rural 1 55.2%
Country North SA 405 62.2%
Far West NSW 118 60.8%
Lower Murray # 213 56.6%
Central Qld 308 52.4%
Townsville-Mackay 310 51.5%
Rural 2 52.9%
Far North Qld 311 55.6%
Central & NW Qld 309 53.1%
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 52.9%
Northern Territory 701 52.2%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 46.7%
*
In 2007–2011, there were eight 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.
#
Interpret with caution. Data on smoking during pregnancy are not available for women who gave birth in Victoria in 2007 or 2008. Therefore, the data presented do not include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who usually resided in Victoria and gave birth in Victoria in 2007 or 2008.
NP:
Not available for publication.

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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