"Without data you're just another person with an opinion"

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Robust data is the life blood of evidence-based policy and effective advocacy. Recently, a new ‘crop’ of lovely data has just been ‘harvested’, and to whet your appetite here is just a taste.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report provides a rich source of information on health determinants, health outcomes and access to services, including a rural split for much of the data.

The ABS has recently released results from the 2014 General Social Survey. Downloads include information by remoteness area for issues such as family and community support, culture and leisure, crime and safety, access to services and more.  

In April this year, the AIHW released the Australian Burden of Disease Study: Fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010. This is the latest offering from the AIHW global burden of disease study, and is particularly noteworthy because it clearly describes Indigenous and non-Indigenous disease burden by remoteness. As far as we are aware, this is the first time reliable estimates of burden of disease for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people has been reported by remoteness.   

The Department of Health is in the process of introducing the finalised Modified Monash Model (to replace the remoteness areas classification) as the basis for allocating rural health financial incentives under the General Practice Rural Incentives Programme. Please click on the hyperlinks to find out more. Also make sure to check out the Modified Monash Model Map.