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Reporting of Aboriginality in hospital data

  • NSW, trend
  • by Network, Local Health District of hospital, hospital and year
2017-18
84.22016-17
82.12015-16
80.22014-15
78.62013-14
77.42012-13
75.62011-12
74.62010-11
73.32009-10
69.62008-09
68.92007-08
66.42006-07
65.32005-06
60.72004-05
57.72003-04
56.22002-03
54.92001-02
53
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    NSW Admitted Patient Data and Admitted Patient, Emergency Department Attendance and Deaths Register (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

  • + Notes

    Accurate reporting of Aboriginal people is essential to measuring health services use and health outcomes among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people as well as the effectiveness of policies and programs. Enhanced Reporting of Aboriginality (ERA) is a method that improves reporting on the health of Aboriginal people from administrative data collections using record linkage, see methods section for more details.

    * Results for the most recent year are based on data for complete quarters of the year available at the time of production, currently 31 December 2018 for public hospitals and 30 June 2018 for private hospitals.

    LL/UL 95%CI = lower and upper limits of the 95% confidence interval for the point estimate.

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    • Key points: Enhanced reporting of Aboriginality

      Overall

      • Correct reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on health and health-related data collections is essential to measure the effectiveness of policies and programmes aimed at reducing disadvantage in health outcomes experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

      Latest available data

        • Reporting of Aboriginal people in the Admitted Patient Data has improved from 53.0% in 2001-02 to 84.2% in 2017-18.

        • Reporting of Aboriginal people in the Emergency Department Data Collection has improved from 44.1% in 2005 to 80.9% in 2017.

        • Reporting of Aboriginal mothers in the Perinatal Data Collection has improved from 58.8% in 2001 to 90.7% in 2017 and reporting of Aboriginal babies has improved from 58.6% in 2012 to 71.1% in 2017.

    • Introduction: Enhanced reporting of Aboriginality

      The Australian Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap on Indigenous Health Outcomes aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement and employment outcomes. Correct reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on health and health-related data collections is essential to measure the effectiveness of policies and programmes aimed at reducing this disadvantage.

      Aboriginal people are known to be under-reported on population-based health and health-related data collections in NSW (AIHW 2010; Bentley et al 2012; Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence 2010). Enhanced Reporting of Aboriginality (ERA) is a method that improves reporting of Aboriginal people on administrative data collections using record linkage (see Methods). ERA is used to measure the quality of reporting of Aboriginal people on health data collections and to track improvement over time.  

      References

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Indigenous identification in hospital separations data: quality report. Cat. No. IHW 90. Canberra: AIHW, 2013. Available at https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-australians/indigenous-identification-in-hospital-separations/contents/table-of-contents

      Bentley JP, Taylor LK, Brandt PG. Reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection: the 2010 Data Quality Survey. NSW Public Health Bulletin 2012; 23(2):17–20. Available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/view/journals/dsp_journal_fulltext.cfm?nid=226&f=NB11034

    • Interventions: Enhanced reporting of Aboriginality

      The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health datasets (AIHW 2010).

      The NSW Ministry of Health policy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Origin - Recording of Information of Patients and Clients outlines the requirements for collecting and recording accurate information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status of all clients of public health services in NSW (NSW MoH 2012).

      References

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets. Cat. no. IHW 29. Canberra: AIHW, 2010. Available at http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=6442458760

      NSW Ministry of Health. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Origin - Recording of Information of Patients and Clients. Sydney: MoH, 2012. Available at http://www1.health.nsw.gov.au/PDS/pages/doc.aspx?dn=PD2012_042

    • For more information: Enhanced reporting of Aboriginality

      Australian Bureau of Statistics. Information Paper—Perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identification in Selected Data Collection Contexts - Australia 2012. ABS Catalogue No. 4726.0. Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4726.0Chapter32012

      Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) at www.cherel.org.au

Last Updated At: Wednesday, 7 August 2019