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Report on Government Services 2015

Volume E


The Health volume E includes performance reporting for Primary and community health, Public hospitals and Mental health management.

It also includes a sector overview for Health. This volume was released on 4 February 2015.

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The sector overview provides an introduction to the Primary and community health (chapter 10), Public hospitals (chapter 11), and Mental health management (chapter 12) chapters of this Report. It provides an overview of the health sector, presenting both contextual information and high level performance information.


Sector Overview E

Data in attachment table EA.45 for average life expectancy at birth for the reference periods 2003-2005 to 2008-2010 have been corrected for the NT.

Sector performance indicator framework

This sector overview is based on a sector performance indicator framework made up of the following elements:

  • Sector objectives — three sector objectives are a précis of the key objectives of the health system and reflect the outcomes in the National Healthcare Agreement (NHA).
  • Sector-wide indicators — seven sector-wide indicators relate to the overarching service sector objectives identified in the NHA.
  • Information from the service-specific performance indicator frameworks that relate to health services. Discussed in more detail in chapters 10, 11 and 12, the service-specific frameworks provide comprehensive information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of these services.

Sector objectives

    • Australians are born and remain healthy
    • Australians have a sustainable health system
    • Australians have a health system that promotes social inclusion and reduces disadvantage, especially for Indigenous Australians

Sector-wide indicators

    • Babies born of low birthweight *
    • Prevalence of risk factors to the health of Australians *
    • Selected potentially preventable diseases *
    • Potentially avoidable deaths *
    • Mortality and life expectancy *
    • Profile of employed health workforce
    • Access to service compared to need *

* Selected indicators disaggre-gated by: Indigenous status; disability status; remoteness area; and socio-economic status, where appropriate.

Service-specific performance indicator frameworks


Primary and community health

The Primary and community health chapter (chapter 10) reports on primary and community healthcare services, with a particular focus on general practice, primary healthcare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, public dental services, drug and alcohol treatment, maternal and child health and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Public hospitals

The Public hospitals chapter (chapter 11) reports on the performance of governments in providing public hospitals, with a focus on acute care services. It also reports separately on a significant component of the services provided by public hospitals - maternity services.

Mental health management

The Mental health management chapter (chapter 12) of the Report on Government Services reports on the performance of governments in the management of mental health. Mental illness is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia and is identified by governments as a national health priority area.

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