HealthStats NSW

There are three ways of searching for data in HealthStats NSW:

  • Keyword search: The search box at the top of the home page provides a list of search results for any keyword. Type in your search term and click the search icon which will take you to a results page. Your search can be further refined by selecting a population type or location from the drop-down menu, or a specific topic from the filter list on the right hand side of the screen.
  • Topic Explorer: The Topics tab on the home page takes you to an A-Z list of topics. Each selected topic provides a link to all indicators available on that topic.
  • Location Explorer: The Locations tab on the home page takes you to an A-Z list of Local Health Districts, Local Government Areas or Primary Health Networks. Each selected location provides a link to all topics available for that location.

2. Can I analyse data in HealthStats NSW?

HealthStats NSW is not a data analysis tool. If you want to analyse the data available, download the relevant data as an ‘advanced data’ table in spreadsheet format and analyse it using your own analysis software.

3. Can I use HealthStats NSW as a performance monitoring tool?

While data included in HealthStats NSW can be used for preparing performance reports on aspects of the NSW health system, the application does not provide data against performance targets which are set for the NSW health system. Performance monitoring data for hospitals and other parts of the NSW health system can be found in the Annual Report of the NSW Ministry of Health, the NSW State Health Plan or from the Ministry of Health website at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/about.

For other performance monitoring data, see the Bureau of Health Information or My Hospitals websites.

4. How do I interpret the graphs in HealthStats NSW?

Age-specific rates and numbers of events

The figure below shows total deaths in NSW from 2007 to 2011 by age group and Aboriginality (i.e. age-specific rates and numbers of deaths from all causes for Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people during this period). In this figure it is apparent that total death rates tend to increase with age for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, with the exception of infants and young children. This figure does not provide an indication of the causes of death.

Age-specific rates

Point estimates and 95% confidence intervals

The figure below demonstrates the method used for graphical presentation of point estimates and associated 95% confidence intervals. Confidence intervals on HealthStats NSW are provided at the 95% level of significance; this is the same as the standard margin of error used in opinion polls. Roughly speaking, it can be interpreted to say that there is a 95% probability that the true population value lies within the interval provided. The more data we have the more certain we can be about our indicator value; this means that for smaller sample sizes there will be larger confidence intervals. The following panel illustrates the varying widths of confidence intervals for remoteness categories within the Smoking in Pregnancy indicator. Given that there are far fewer pregnancies in remote and very remote areas, the confidence interval for this category is much wider than for other categories.

Confidence intervals

For further information on confidence intervals and their use in HealthStats NSW, see the Confidence intervals statistical update in HealthStats PLUS.

5. Can I modify the graphs produced in HealthStats NSW?

The graphs available through HealthStats NSW cannot be altered. If you want to prepare a different type of graph based on HealthStats NSW data, download the relevant data as a ‘simple data’ table in spreadsheet format and create a new graph using your own software (e.g. Microsoft Excel).

6. How do I generate a printable PDF report in HealthStats NSW?

To produce a report on a single indicator

Once you are looking at a graph or map for a particular indicator (i.e. the ‘indicator view’), you can generate a printable report on that indicator by selecting the Downloads tab underneath the graph and then clicking ‘PDF’ in the ‘Download the indicator content’ section. Every report will download the graph or map and the source but you can choose to download additional information such as the commentary and data table by checking the relevant boxes.

To produce a report on more than one indicator

From the Indicator View for a particular indicator, click on the Downloads tab, then ‘Add to My Report’ in the ‘Add indicator content to My Report’ section. You can add different indicators to a report: the red counter in the My Report tab (located in the top right hand corner of the screen) will increase with each addition.

When you have added all of the indicators you need, click on the My Report tab and your list of indicators will appear. You now have the opportunity to customise your report further by moving indicators up or down in the report, or by selecting only certain information to appear for each indicator. When you are happy with the order and content of your report, click on ‘Download PDF’ and a single printable file of your report will be compiled from your selections. This report will also contain a cover, table of contents, page numbers and a date stamp for the day it was downloaded. There is also an option to download the report as an editable document.

7. How do I print data tables from HealthStats NSW?

To print data tables from HealthStats NSW, you first need to download the data table in spreadsheet format (i.e. you can’t print directly from the data table obtained by clicking on the ‘Data table’ tab from the ‘indicator view’).

8. Will HealthStats NSW work with my web browser?

HealthStats NSW was designed for Internet Explorer (version 8 onwards), Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers.

9. How do I sign-up to recieve regular data release notifications?

Email healthstats@moh.health.nsw.gov.au with the word 'subscribe' in the subject line.

Email:

healthstats@moh.health.nsw.gov.au

Postal Address:

HealthStats NSW
Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence
NSW Ministry of Health
Locked Mail Bag 961
North Sydney NSW 2059
Australia