Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (SFNT) hearing health data collections, QS
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Synonymous names:||Audiology data collection, CHHC data collection|
|Registration status:||AIHW Data Quality Statements, Endorsed 04/02/2014|
|Quality statement summary:|
The National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (SFNT) was implemented mid-2012 outlining a 10-year commitment to 2021–22. It is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the Northern Territory Government. The AIHW collects data on 2 of the programs of the hearing health component of the SFNT: the delivery of audiology services and the Child Hearing Health Coordinator (CHHC) program.
• Children who receive SFNT audiology or CHHC services are not a random sample of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory. Although audiology services are available to all Indigenous children under 16 years of age, not all eligible children access these services. The CHHC program is only available to Indigenous children who have a referral from a health professional.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent statutory authority established in 1987, governed by a Management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health portfolio.
The first report from the SFNT audiology and CHHC data collections will be published in January 2014, with a reference period of July 2012 to June 2013. It is expected that future reports will be published on an annual basis.
SFNT reports can be downloaded free of change from the website of the AIHW: AIHW Publications.
SFNT reports contain basic information about the programs and the data contained in the report to enable interpretation of this information. The first report from the SFNT hearing health program will be published by the AIHW in January 2014.
Children who receive SFNT audiology or CHHC services are not a random sample of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory. Although audiology services are available to all Indigenous children under 16, not all eligible children access these services. The CHHC program is only available to Indigenous children who have a referral from a health professional. As such, it is important to note that SFNT data cannot be used to determine the prevalence of health conditions among all Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.
CHHC data collection
Health providers use standard forms to record information from the audiology and CHHC services. The forms were developed by NT DoH in consultation with the Australian Government Department of Health and the AIHW.
|Coherence:||The SFNT audiology services were originally funded through the Child Health Check Initiative/Closing the Gap (CHCI[CtG]) program that ran from August 2007 to June 2012. Direct comparisons with data from this program cannot be made due to differences in the programs. The CHCI(CtG) services were provided to Indigenous children in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory and targeted towards children who had a referral from their initial Child Health Check. The audiology services provided through the SFNT are available to all Indigenous children in the Northern Territory under the age of 16. The final report from the CHCI(CtG) program, Northern Territory Emergency Response Child Health Check Initiative—follow-up services for oral and ear health: final report 2007–2012, was published in 2012 and is available from the AIHW website.|
|Implementation start date:||24/10/2013|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
|Steward:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|