5.1 Number of PBS prescriptions dispensed for opioid medicines per 100,000 people, 2013–14
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Opioid medicines dispensing, 2013-14|
Number of PBS prescriptions dispensed for opioid medicines per 100,000 people, age standardised. Data are disaggregated by the area in which the person lives.
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:|
Presented as a number per 100,000 people, age standardised by Statistical Area Level 3.
Analysis by Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) is based on postcode of usual residence of the patient which is based on the patient's Medicare enrolment postcode on the date the prescription was dispensed.
SA3s with a total population of less than 2,500 are excluded.
Suppression protocol for calculating age standardised rates:
100,000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator), age standardised
For more information about age-standardisation see
Number of PBS prescriptions dispensed for opioid medicines in 2013-14.
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator data elements:|
Statistical Area Level 3, which have been derived from Postcode—Australian (person):
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Unit of measure:||Service event|
Data source attributes
Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care's Atlas of Healthcare Variation, released November 2015
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Department of Health
Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care
Source and reference attributes
National Health Performance Authority