The National Health Performance Authority (the Authority) publishes two streams of reports: Healthy Communities and Hospital Performance reports. The Authority bases its performance reports on a set of indicators agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
This technical supplement summarises the methods used to calculate descriptive statistics for the indicators presented in Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012. It is assumed that readers of this supplement have technical expertise in the creation and use of health information.
Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009–2012 publishes statistics for 61 Medicare Local catchments across Australia and seven clusters of Medicare Locals called peer groups, on the following measures:
- Infant and young child mortality rates
- Low birthweight
- Smoking during pregnancy
- Antenatal visits in the first trimester.
This is the first report from the Authority that presents data at the local level for these four measures. The report compares results for each Medicare Local catchment with the results for Medicare Local catchments with similar geographic, demographic and socioeconomic circumstances. Where possible, data have been presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.
This technical supplement presents the specifications for each measure and information about the data sources:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Death Registrations Collection
- ABS Birth Registrations Collection
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC).