About the data
The data were sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Health Survey 2014–15. Consenting participants were measured using digital scales for their weight and a stadiometer for their height. Body mass index (BMI) results were calculated as weight (kg) divided by height in metres, squared (m2). Participants with a BMI equal to or greater than 25 and less than 30 were classified as overweight. Those with a BMI equal to or greater than 30 were classified as obese.
For more information refer to this report’s Technical Note.
What is a Primary Health Network?
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are local organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area, with the boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health.
Thirty-one PHNs commenced operations on 1 July 2015, replacing Medicare Locals. They have the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
In this report, a PHN area refers to the population that lives in the geographic area covered by a particular PHN. Due to the availability of robust and representative data at PHN area-level from the ABS National Health Survey, results for 28 of the 31 PHN areas have been published.
The results in this report relate to the period before PHNs were established; therefore, the findings do not reflect the performance of PHNs.