Indigenous primary health care key performance indicators (June 2016)
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|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Registration status:||AIHW Data Quality Statements, Endorsed 31/05/2017|
|Quality statement summary:|
The Indigenous primary health care key performance indicators (nKPIs) database contains service-level information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health organisations funded by the Australian Government as well as a smaller number of services funded by the Northern Territory Government. The AIHW maintains this database and uses it to produce public national reports, released annually, and individual service-level reports for each 6-weekly reporting cycle provided back to each organisation.
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 corporate Commonwealth entity established in 1987, governed by a management Board and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health portfolio.
After a trial reporting period in March 2012, nKPI data have been collected at approximately 6 month intervals beginning from June 2012.
Following the first submission of data, the finalisation of data may take a number of additional months. During this period, and where required, the AIHW works in consultation with organisations to improve the quality of the data submitted.
The AIHW checks the quality of the data submitted by each organisation and issues exception reports that invite organisations to correct and resubmit data when data quality issues are identified (see Accuracy section). Some organisations submitted data 4 or more times for the June 2016 reporting period, and there were often substantial delays between the AIHW issuing an exception report and the relevant organisation resubmitting data. Due to the extent of this data quality improvement process, there is a time lag between the date when the organisations submit data and the annual release of national reports.
There was no national report for the December 2015 reporting period due to some concerns around the quality of data collected for this period.
For the June 2016 reporting period, a dual reporting process was undertaken. As a result, the cut-off date for data submission was extended from 31 July to 31 August (142 organisations (59%) met the deadline of 31 August). A further extension was granted to 14 September. The final close off for submissions that followed an exception report was 4 November (instead of the usual mid-September cut off). This time lag impinged on timeliness, and, as a result, data for the June 2016 reporting period were not finalised until 18 November 2016 which in turn impacted the timeliness of the June 2016 report.
National reports were to be published annually from mid-2014. These national reports present data at the national level, and also provide relevant disaggregation of data by jurisdiction, remoteness, age, and sex. The release of national reports is expected to take approximately 10 months from the start date of the latest reporting cycle included in the report (i.e. 30 June or 31 December). The national report for the June 2016 reporting period is being published in May 2017. This is a month later than usual due to the extensions to the submission deadlines as noted above.
The AIHW provides individualised reports and PowerPoint presentations to health organisations which submit data. For the June 2016 collection, these were provided on average 8 calendar days after finalising their data.
National level data will be available in AIHW publications. Four reports have been released since 2014 and are available as hard copy or on the AIHW website that can be downloaded free of charge.
The main statistical analyses used in the reports are descriptive in nature, such as counts and proportions. Linear regression has also been used when investigating changes to indicator results over time. The national report also includes a range of information to assist interpretation of data, including a glossary of concepts, and information on data limitations. The 2016 national report has been for wider consultation that included the Department of Health, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Advisory Group and internal AIHW peer review to ensure appropriate interpretation.
The nKPI database includes information on the activities of participating organisations for the reporting periods ending in June 2012, December 2012, June 2013, December 2013, June 2014, December 2014, May 2015, and June 2016. December 2015 data have been excluded due to some data quality concerns.
nKPI data provide general information about activities undertaken at primary health organisations (for instance, the number of Indigenous babies whose birthweight was recorded) and health outcomes (for instance, the number of Indigenous babies whose birthweight was low, normal or high). The data can also be analysed at jurisdictional and remoteness level. These data may be used to inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy, program development and implementation.
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