Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Seeing a medical specialist, 2013–14|
|Description:||Percentage of adults who saw a medical specialist in the preceding 12 months.|
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011–|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:||For this indicator an adult is defined as a person aged 15 years and over|
Participants in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Patient Experience Survey 2013–14 who reported they saw a medical specialist in the preceding 12 months.
The numerator was calculated as the sum of calibrated sample weights for adults who responded they saw a medical specialist in the preceding 12 months and who were enumerated within the particular Primary Health Network catchment.
Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.
The denominator was calculated as the sum of calibrated sample weights for persons aged 15 years and over who were enumerated within the Primary Health Network catchment.
Person level survey weights were calibrated to independent estimates of the population of interest, referred to as 'benchmarks'. Weights calibrated against population benchmarks ensure that the survey estimates conform to independently estimated distributions of the population, rather than to the distribution within the sample itself. These benchmarks account for the distribution of people across state and territory, age group, and sex categories. Note: These benchmarks have not been calibrated for Primary Health Network geography.
Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of the person.
The measure is presented as a percentage.
95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors are calculated for rates.
The National Health Performance Authority developed a suppression protocol to ensure robust reporting of these data at small areas.
1. For a dichotomous proportion, Relative Standard Error can be defined as the ratio of the standard error and the minimum of the estimate and its complement (100%–estimate).
2. In this context, marginal is defined as within 10% of the 30% limit, or +/- 3%
3. In this context, statistical significance is defined as at least two standard deviations above average.
The ABS Patient Experience survey does not include individuals living in discrete indigenous communities. As a result, estimates derived for Northern Territory may not be adequately representative. Results for Northern Territory have been excluded from the tables and maps on the www.MyHealthyCommunities.gov.au website. Data for Northern Territory (excluding discrete indigenous communities) are available in the excel downloads available via the www.MyHealthyCommunities.gov.au website.
|Computation:||(Numerator ÷ Denominator) x 100|
|Numerator:||Number of adults who reported seeing a medical specialist in the preceding 12 months.|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who were enumerated within the Primary Health Network catchment.|
|Denominator data elements:|
By Primary Health Network catchments.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
Data source attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Authority - Performance and Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Australian Bureau of Statistics|
|Accountability:||National Health Performance Authority|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Authority - Performance and Accountability Framework|
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