New report Performance indicators show improvements in Aboriginal primary health care service delivery

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows improvements against a range of national key performance indicators (nKPIs) for primary health care organisations providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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The report, National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from December 2014, is the 3rd in a series of reports, and presents information from 233 organisations.

The report provides information for 21 indicators comprising 27 key measures, focussed on maternal and child health, preventative health and chronic disease management. Data have been collected over 6 reporting periods between June 2012 and December 2014.

Nineteen of the 27 measures look at primary healthcare organisations’ processes-of-care, which assess whether clients have received relevant tests or had their risk factor status recorded. These are largely under the control of organisations, so can be used to assess the organisations’ performance.

‘Our report shows improvements in 17 out of the 19 process-of-care measures across all organisations,’ said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman.

In December 2014, birthweight had been recorded for 69% of babies, information had been recorded on smoking status for 78% of clients, alcohol consumption for 55% and adult health checks for 44%. Among clients with type 2 diabetes, 50% received Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) GP management plan and 47% an MBS team care arrangement.

Better results were recorded for a number of health outcome measures: of the clients with type 2 diabetes, 35% had a good HbA1c (haemoglobin A1c-an indicator of long-term diabetes control) result in the previous 6 months, 44% had a blood pressure result in the normal range, and 81% had good kidney function result.

The report also looked at a subset of 192 organisations that reported data over 4 reporting periods. They showed significant improvements in many process-of-care indicators.

For example, 79% organisations had ‘Smoking status recorded‘ which showed an increase of 5.8 percentage points, on average, every 6 months, ‘MBS health assessments-adults aged 25 and over‘ increased by 2.7 percentage points to reach 44% and ‘General Practitioner Management Plan-clients with type 2 diabetes‘ increased by 2.5 percentage points to reach 54%.

Some improvements were seen on health outcome measures for this subset of organisations. For example, there were declines in the proportion of low birthweight babies from 14% to 12% and current smokers from 54% to 52% between June 2013 and December 2014.

The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare.

Canberra, 29 October


Indigenous Advancement Strategy Consultation Dates and venues- NT

The Australian Government is calling for people to have their say as it revises the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Guidelines.

A series of forums are being held with service providers and community members across the country to discuss how the guidelines can be improved to ensure everyone can make the most of the opportunities the IAS offers.

Monday 2 November
Commencing 9.30am
Knott’s Crossing Resort
Cameron Street (Corner of Giles & Cameron Streets), Katherine

Thursday 5 November
10am – 4pm
DoubleTree by Hilton
116 Esplanade, Darwin

Alice Springs
Friday 6 November
10am – 4pm
DoubleTree by Hilton
82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs

Further information on funding under the IAS is available at;

Alcohol advertising: The effectiveness of current regulatory codes in addressing community concern

More research on alcohol advertising during sporting events came to light this week.

The Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA) final report: Alcohol advertising: The effectiveness of current regulatory codes in addressing community concern was released after a Freedom of Information request from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

View the full report here

Alice Springs Draft Alcohol Management Plan released

Peter Styles, Member for Sanderson Minister for Racing Gaming and Licensing

Alice Springs Draft Alcohol Management Plan released

26 October 2015

The draft Alice Springs Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) aimed at reducing alcohol related harm has been released for public consultation today.

Minister for Racing Gaming and Licensing Peter Styles joined Alice Springs Mayor and Alcohol Reference Group (ARG) Chair Damien Ryan to encourage the community to provide feedback on the plan.

Mr Styles said the draft AMP has been developed through comprehensive consultation with the Alice Springs community.

“The Northern Territory Government supports communities to develop their own Alcohol Management Plans,” Mr Styles said.

“Different communities have different priorities that require unique solutions and strategies.

“This AMP has been developed through a staged consultation approach, which involved a range of stakeholder groups, government departments as well as the community.”

The Alice Springs ARG was formed in January 2014 comprised of community and business stakeholders, with a role to provide specialised expertise, advice and input.

It has completed its task to develop the AMP aimed at reducing alcohol related harm through an integrated approach to addressing supply, demand and harm issues.

Key inclusions of the plan are:

  • Continued enforcement of current supply restrictions in place in Alice Springs
  • Point of Sale Interventions (POSIs), formerly referred to as Temporary Beat Locations (TBLs), to manage personal alcohol restrictions, such as those issued through Alcohol Protection Orders, prohibition orders and Domestic Violence Orders.
  • Promoting Alice Springs as a harmonious community with community connectedness and pride.
  • Improving treatment and care pathways.
  • Making public areas a safe place for everyone including developing an after-hours service model for young people.
  • Working with communities and town camps to ensure local Alcohol Management Plans address issues impacting Alice Springs.

The draft plan is now available for industry and public feedback via this link.

A feedback forum will also be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Andy McNeil Room, Alice Springs Town Council Chambers.

Once adopted in its final form the success of the AMP will be measured through monitoring of alcohol harm indicators including wholesale supply data, crime statistics such as alcohol related and domestic violence assaults as well as hospital data.

The community consultation period closes Monday, November 30, 2015 with the Alcohol Management Plan expected to be finalised next year.

Media Contact: Rebecca Barr 0407 284 066