The AIHW releases data at a range of geographies, including by areas smaller than states and territories. Reporting at these smaller, more ‘local’ areas can show results that may be masked by results for the whole of Australia, or for states and territories—allowing a better understanding for the local community, clinicians, policymakers and researchers.  

The AIHW most commonly reports smaller areas by:

  • Primary Health Network (PHN) areas—PHNs are organisations that connect health services across a specific geographic area (a PHN area), with the boundaries defined by the Australian Government Department of Health. There are 31 PHN areas that cover the whole of Australia.
  • Statistical Areas—Statistical Areas are a geographical classification defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. They encompass four levels, with increasing size and population: Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1s); Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s); Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s); and Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s).

Due to the smaller number of results in these smaller areas, and the strict privacy and confidentiality controls applied to data, results are sometimes unable to be reported for all areas in Australia.

The latest health indicators are available under the Australian Health Performance Framework topic. These indicators can be disaggregated and analysed through selected population groups (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and provide a rich source of information at the national, State and Territory and local levels (where data available).

Health indicators

Australia's health performance framework indicator data by National, State & Territory and Primary Health Network

View other PHN health indicators under the Healthy community indicators topic.

The following table shows data available at the local level.

Primary topic Report1 or resource Geography reported
Alcohol & other drug treatment services, Alcohol, Illicit use of drugs

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2018–19 
26 Jun 2020

PHN
Cancer

Cancer statistics for small geographic areas 
18 Oct 2019

PHN, SA3
Cancer, Health care quality & performance

Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013 
19 Apr 2018

PHN, SA3, SA4
Cancer, Cancer, Rural & remote Australians

Cancer Incidence and Mortality Across Regions (CIMAR) books 
14 Dec 2016

PHN, SA3, SA4, GCCSA, PHA
Chronic kidney disease

Geographical variation in chronic kidney disease 
22 Dec 2017

PHN
Health & welfare expenditure, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Patients' out-of-pocket spending on Medicare services 2016–17 
16 Aug 2018

PHN, SA3
Health & welfare expenditure, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2016–17 
7 Jun 2018

PHN, SA3
Heart, stroke & vascular diseases

Atrial fibrillation in Australia 
18 Nov 2020

PHN
Homelessness services

Specialist Homelessness Services annual report 2018–19 
18 Dec 2019

SA4
Homelessness services

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection data cubes 2011–12 to 2018–19 
18 Dec 2019

PHN, SA2, SA3, SA4, LGA
Hospitals, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Use of emergency department and GP services, 2013–14 to 2015–16 
17 Aug 2017

PHN, SA3
Illicit use of drugs, Alcohol, Smoking

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016: detailed findings 
28 Sep 2017

PHN, SA4
Immunisation, Children & youth, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

HPV immunisation rates in 2015–16 
22 Mar 2018

PHN, SA4
Immunisation, Children & youth, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Immunisation rates for children in 2016–17 
22 Mar 2018

PHN, SA3, SA4, Postcode
Indigenous Australians, Eye health

Indigenous eye health measures 2018 
6 Aug 2019

PHN
Indigenous Australians, Indigenous Australians

Indigenous health checks and follow-ups 
24 Jun 2019

PHN
Indigenous Australians, Mothers & babies

Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to 4 types of maternal hea 
20 Nov 2017

PHN
Indigenous Australians, Rural & remote Australians, Workforce

Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distri 
28 Nov 2016

PHN, SA3
Life expectancy & deaths, Rural & remote Australians

Mortality Over Regions and Time (MORT) books 
7 Aug 2020

PHN, SA3, SA4, GCCSA, LGA
Life expectancy & deaths, Health care quality & performance

Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2015–2017 
2 Aug 2019

PHN
Mothers & babies

National Core Maternity Indicators 
27 Oct 2020

PHN, SA3
Mothers & babies

Australia’s mothers and babies 2018—in brief 
29 May 2020

PHN
Mothers & babies

Australia's mothers and babies data visualisations 
29 May 2020

PHN, SA3
Mothers & babies, Life expectancy & deaths

Stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia 2015 and 2016 
4 Jul 2019

PHN
Mothers & babies, Health care quality & performance, Primary health care

Child and maternal health in 2014–2016 
25 Oct 2018

PHN, SA3, SA4
Mothers & babies

Teenage mothers in Australia 2015 
2 May 2018

PHN, SA3
Overweight & obesity, Children & youth, Men & women, Risk factors

Overweight and obesity: an interactive insight 
19 Jul 2019

PHN
Overweight & obesity, Health care quality & performance, Risk factors

Overweight and obesity rates across Australia 2014–15 
7 Jun 2018

PHN
Primary health care, Health & welfare expenditure, Health care quality & performance

Medicare-subsidised GP, allied health and specialist health care across local areas: 2013–14 to 2018 
1 Oct 2020

PHN, SA3
Primary health care, Hospitals, Health care quality & performance

Use of emergency departments for lower urgency care: 2015–16 to 2018–19 
2 Jul 2020

PHN, SA3
Primary health care

Patient experiences in Australia by small geographic areas in 2017–18 
25 Feb 2020

PHN
Primary health care, Hospitals, Health care quality & performance

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by age groups and small geograph 
14 Nov 2019

PHN, SA3
Primary health care, Health care quality & performance

Coordination of health care – experiences with GP care among patients 2016 
26 Jul 2018

PHN
Risk factors, Alcohol, Health care quality & performance, Physical activity, Primary health care, Risk factors, Smoking

Health risk factors in 2014–15 
30 Nov 2017

PHN

Note

1. Where the report is part of a series or has updated a previous release, only the latest edition is listed.