National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Life expectancy, 2009–2011

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Indicator
Indicator type:Indicator
Short name:Life expectancy at birth
METeOR identifier:527641
Registration status:National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Description:The average number of years a person could expect to live if they experienced the age/sex specific death rates that applied at their birth throughout their lifetime.
Indicator set:National Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011– National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:

Life expectancy for total population is calculated for a rolling 3-year period and reported annually.

Presented as:

-number of years

-difference between male and female life expectancies at birth (total population).

Computation:

Calculated using customised life tables produced by the ABS. Life expectancy at birth for Medicare Locals and at higher levels have been calculated with reference to state/territory and Australian life tables (where appropriate), using Brass' Logit System. Brass' Logit technique enables the calculation of smooth abridged life tables for regions which may have a small number of deaths, by adjusting the age-specific death rates with reference to a standard life table. The technique does not alter the overall level of mortality, but the age-specific functions of the life table are smoothed.

Numerator data elements:
Data Element / Data SetPerson—life expectancy, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Life Tables
Guide for use
Data source type: Census based and administrative by-product data
Disaggregation:

By Sex, Medicare Local catchments and Medicare Local peer groups   

Disaggregation data elements:
Data Element / Data SetAdministrative health region—Medicare Local peer group, code N
Data Element / Data SetAdministrative health region—Medicare Local identifier, code AANNN
Data Element / Data SetPerson—sex, code N

Representational attributes

Representation class:Mean (average)
Data type:Real
Unit of measure:Time (e.g. days, hours)
Format:NN.N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:PAF-Effectiveness

Data source attributes

Data sources:
Data SourceABS Life Tables
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:National Health Performance Agreement-Performance and Accountability Framework
Organisation responsible for providing data:Australian Bureau of Statistics
Accountability:National Health Performance Authority
Benchmark: 
Further data development / collection required:

Specification: Long-term

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Health Performance Authority
Origin:Healthy Communities
Reference documents:National Health Performance Agreement-Performance and Accountability Framework