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National Youth Information Framework

The National Youth Information Framework, previously used in developing indicators for the Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2007 report, is aligned very closely with the NHPF, with minor modifications to better capture health and wellbeing issues relevant to young people. This framework consists of three tiers:

  1. Health status,
  2. Determinants of health and
  3. Health system performance,

and includes a number of dimensions within each tier. The National Youth Information Framework provides a comprehensive set of indicators across a range of dimensions that will help monitor the health and wellbeing of young Australians.


Dimensions of this framework

  • Tier 1: Health status

    Sub-dimensions of this framework

    • Deaths

      Mortality rates and life expectancy measures.
    • Health conditions

      Prevalence of disease, disorder, injury or trauma, or other health-related states.
    • Human function

      Alterations to body structure or function (impairment), activity limitations and restrictions in participation.
    • Wellbeing

      Measures of physical, mental, and social wellbeing of individuals.
  • Tier 2: Determinants of health

    Sub-dimensions of this framework

    • Community and socioeconomic factors

      Community factors, such as, social capital, support services, family function and environment, and socioeconomic factors, such as, housing, education, employment and income.
    • Environmental factors

      Physical, chemical and biological factors, such as, air, water, food and soil quality.
    • Health behaviours

      Attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and behaviours such as patterns of eating, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Tier 3: Health system performance

    Sub-dimensions of this framework

    • Accessibility

      People can obtain health care at the right place and the right time, irrespective of income, physical location and cultural background.
    • Continuity of care

      Ability to provide uninterrupted, coordinated care or service across programs, practitioners, organisations and levels over time.
    • Effectiveness

      Care/intervention/action provided is relevant to the client’s needs and based on established standards. Care, intervention or action achieves the desired outcome.
    • Efficiency and sustainability

      Achieving desired results with most cost-effective use of resources. Capacity of system to sustain workforce and infrastructure, to innovate and respond to emerging needs.
    • Responsiveness

      Service is client oriented. Clients are treated with dignity, confidentiality, and encouraged to participate in choices related to their care.
    • Safety

      The avoidance, or reduction to acceptable limits, of actual or potential harm from health-care management or the environment in which health care is delivered.