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Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012 - Report - Use of health services

Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012

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Use of health services

Year of data: 2010–11

During 2010–2011, the percentage of women who gave birth and had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 87.7% in Western Sydney to 36.6% in Grampians (Vic).

Percentage of women who gave birth and had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester, 2010–2011

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 had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester in 2010–11. 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.
36.6 – 54.0%
54.1 – 62.3%
62.4 – 70.5%
70.6 – 77.1%
77.2 – 87.7%
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 had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester in 2010–11. 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:
Jurisdictional differences in definitions and methods used for data collection affect the comparability of these data across jurisdictions and lower levels of geography within jurisdictions. Data exclude women whose gestation at first antenatal visit 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 2010–2011.

For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to 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 Percentage of women with antenatal visits
Metro 1 72.2%
Sydney Nth Shore & Beaches 108 85.5%
Northern Sydney 107 85.1%
Eastern Sydney 101 81.2%
Inner East Melbourne 206 72.7%
Bayside 202 72.7%
Inner West Sydney 102 70.5%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 64.1%
Australian Capital Territory * # 801 45.2%
Metro 2 63.5%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 84.7%
Metro North Brisbane 301 75.6%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 72.5%
Eastern Melbourne 207 69.3%
South Eastern Sydney 103 67.1%
Bentley-Armadale# 504 58.5%
South Western Melbourne 203 58.3%
Gold Coast 303 57.8%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 56.3%
Perth North Metro# 502 53.9%
Fremantle# 503 50.4%
Perth Central & East Metro# 501 50.1%
Metro 3 67.2%
Western Sydney 105 87.7%
Northern Adelaide 401 82.3%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 74.2%
Northern Melbourne 205 63.1%
South Western Sydney 104 55.0%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 54.0%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 49.8%
Regional 1 72.5%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 85.5%
Central Coast NSW 109 83.0%
Hunter 111 77.1%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 75.4%
Perth South Coastal# 505 72.0%
Sunshine Coast 304 67.8%
Barwon 210 63.7%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 41.7%
Regional 2 65.9%
Western NSW 115 82.7%
New England 114 81.2%
Murrumbidgee 116 79.9%
North Coast NSW 113 79.7%
Country South SA 404 74.9%
Great South Coast 212 68.5%
Southern NSW 117 68.5%
South West WA# 506 67.3%
Tasmania 601 67.1%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 62.3%
Gippsland 217 61.2%
Hume 216 59.5%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 55.5%
Goulburn Valley 215 41.3%
Wide Bay 307 40.9%
Grampians 211 36.6%
Rural 1 65.2%
Country North SA 405 75.2%
Far West NSW 118 72.1%
Lower Murray 213 67.9%
Townsville-Mackay 310 63.9%
Central Qld 308 58.8%
Rural 2 59.3%
Northern Territory 701 71.2%
Goldfields-Midwest# 507 55.9%
Central & NW Qld 309 55.2%
Far North Qld 311 53.5%
Kimberley-Pilbara# 508 45.2%
*
In 2010–2011, there were 142 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. In WA and ACT, first antenatal visits that occur outside of the hospital may not be included.

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

Year of data: 2010–11

During 2010–2011, the percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who gave birth and had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester varied across Medicare Local catchments and across peer groups, ranging from 80.5% in Nepean-Blue Mountains (NSW) to 21.8% in Grampians (Vic).

Percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who gave birth and had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester, 2010–2011

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 had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester in 2010–11. 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
19.0 – 37.9%
38.0 – 45.5%
45.6 – 55.0%
55.1 – 64.5%
64.6 – 80.5%
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 had at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester in 2010–11. 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:
Jurisdictional differences in definitions and methods used for data collection affect the comparability of these data across jurisdictions and lower levels of geography within jurisdictions. Data exclude women whose gestation at first antenatal visit 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 2010–2011.

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 Percentage of women with antenatal visits
Metro 1 56.3%
Inner West Sydney 102 50.9%
Australian Capital Territory* # 801 50.8%
Eastern Sydney 101 NP
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 32.2%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 51.9%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kang. Is 403 48.8%
Metro North Brisbane 301 45.5%
Gold Coast 303 38.1%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 27.6%
Bentley-Armadale# 504 21.6%
Perth North Metro# 502 19.9%
Perth Central & East Metro# 501 19.0%
South Eastern Sydney 103 NP
South Western Melbourne 203 NP
Eastern Melbourne 207 NP
Fremantle 503 NP
Metro 3 58.1%
Western Sydney 105 74.7%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 60.8%
Northern Adelaide 401 57.1%
South Western Sydney 104 55.3%
Northern Melbourne 205 44.8%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 37.9%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 NP
Regional 1 65.9%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 80.5%
Central Coast NSW 109 73.5%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 69.9%
Perth South Coastal# 505 65.3%
Hunter 111 64.2%
Sunshine Coast 304 52.9%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 NP
Barwon 210 NP
Regional 2 58.1%
North Coast NSW 113 70.0%
Murrumbidgee 116 68.1%
Western NSW 115 67.9%
New England 114 66.6%
Tasmania 601 64.5%
Southern NSW 117 60.6%
Country South SA 404 57.1%
Hume 216 57.1%
Gippsland 217 48.1%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 46.8%
South West WA# 506 44.4%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 41.2%
Goulburn Valley 215 36.2%
Wide Bay 307 28.6%
Grampians 211 21.8%
Great South Coast 212 NP
Rural 1 47.2%
Far West NSW 118 60.8%
Lower Murray 213 56.8%
Country North SA 405 55.0%
Townsville-Mackay 310 42.5%
Central Qld 308 38.7%
Rural 2 44.0%
Northern Territory 701 49.8%
Far North Qld 311 41.6%
Kimberley-Pilbara# 508 38.7%
Central & NW Qld 309 38.5%
Goldfields-Midwest# 507 32.8%
*
In 2010–2011, there were seven 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. In WA and ACT, first antenatal visits that occur outside of the hospital may not be included.
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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