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Australia's health performance framework

The Australian Health Performance Framework (AHPF) is a tool for reporting on the health of Australians, the performance of health care in Australia and the Australian health system. The indicators within the framework can be disaggregated and analysed through selected population groups, providing a rich source of information at the National, State and Territory and local levels (where data available).

Determinants of health

Health system

Health status


Latest data updates

October 2021

  • Health behaviours: Unsafe sharing of needles

August 2021

  • Deaths: Infant and young child mortality rate
  • Deaths: Life expectancy
  • Deaths: Major causes of death
  • Deaths: Mortality due to suicide
  • Effectiveness: Potentially avoidable deaths

March 2021

  • Accessibility: Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days
  • Accessibility: Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion admitted within clinically recommended time
  • Accessibility: Waiting times for elective surgery: percentage waited more than 365 days
  • Accessibility: Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time
  • Accessibility: Waiting times for emergency department care: waiting times to commencement of clinical care
  • Accessibility: Waiting times for emergency department care: percentage of patients whose length of emergency department stay is 4 hours or less
  • Accessibility: Waiting times for emergency department care: time spent in the emergency department
  • Safety: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections
  • Safety: Rate of seclusion

December 2020

  • Health behaviours: Unsafe sharing of needles
  • Effectiveness: Females with an antenatal visit in the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Effectiveness: Cancer screening rates
  • Health conditions: Proportion of babies born with low birthweight

October 2020

  • Health conditions: Incidence of heart attacks (acute coronary events)
  • Human function: Severe or profound core activity limitation

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Framework overview

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This document includes descriptions about the domains, dimensions and where the indicators have been assigned.

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This initial set of 45 indicators are presented at a National, State and Territory and local level (where data available). Results for some indicators are disaggregated by population subgroups, such as sex and age groups.

Note: There are currently no indicators under the dimension of appropriateness such as those measuring the patient experience. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is working to develop indicators for this dimension. The AIHW will continue to develop and improve on the performance indicators, data and information that is reported. Seeking input from stakeholders, such as Commonwealth and State/Territory government agencies, clinicians, consumers, the private sector and academics.