Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 3.1.6–Proportion of babies born with low birthweight, 2019
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||AHPF PI 3.1.6–Proportion of babies born with low birthweight, 2019|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
The incidence of low birthweight among live born singleton babies.
Low birthweight is associated with increased risk of poor health and death during infancy, and increased prevalence of a number of chronic diseases in adulthood.
|Indicator set:||Australian Health Performance Framework, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
Collection and usage attributes
Low birthweight is defined as less than 2,500 grams.
Excludes multiple births, stillbirths and births of less than 20 weeks gestation.
Analysis by state/territory, remoteness, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) and Primary Health Network (PHN) is based on the usual residence of the mother.
Data excludes Australian non-residents, residents of external territories and records where state/territory of usual residence was not stated.
Presented as a:
100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Number of low birthweight live born singleton babies.
|Numerator data elements:|
Number of live born singleton babies.
|Denominator data elements:|
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017—National and state/territory, by:
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017—Primary Health Network (PHN).
Note that data collection methods for Indigenous status of the mother and baby may vary between states and territories.
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2019 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2017 (calendar year data).
Information is included in the National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC) for both live births and stillbirths, where gestational age is at least 20 weeks or birthweight is at least 400 grams, except in Victoria and Western Australia, where births are included if gestational age is at least 20 weeks or, if gestation is unknown, birthweight is at least 400 grams. Data for this indicator may therefore include live born terminations of pregnancy of at least 20 weeks gestation.
The term ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ is preferred when referring to the separate Indigenous peoples of Australia. However, the term ‘Indigenous’ is used interchangeably with ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ in this indicator to assist readability.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||1. Health conditions|
Data source attributes
Australian Health Performance Framework
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Related metadata references:|
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 01–Proportion of babies born of low birth weight, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 01–Proportion of babies born of low birth weight, 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020
See also National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 07-Proportion of babies born of low birthweight, 2020 Indigenous, Endorsed 23/08/2019