Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Data Reporting

Page last updated: 26 May 2020

Overview
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group (HS DAG)
Purpose of the two data collections
nKPI and OSR Redesign
Links

Overview

The Department of Health collects data from Indigenous Health Services funded by the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP). Data is collected from two main data collections:

The reporting periods for nKPI and OSR data collections are aligned and open for a six-week period.

These data collections contribute to the delivery of comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Reporting is mandatory for health services funded under the IAHP except for the June 2020 and December 2020 data collections due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group (HS DAG)

The Health Services Data Advisory Group (HS DAG) provides advice to the Department of Health on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health data specifically the nKPI and the OSR data collections. The HS DAG also contributes to the development and continuous improvement of the Health Data Portal which collects the nKPI and OSR data. For more information about the HS DAG, you can visit the Health Services Data Advisory Group webpage.

Purpose of the two data collections

Through these data collections, the Department of Health develops and manages evidence-based policy and programs aimed at improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Data and reporting on the progress of health service provision also informs longer term strategic planning and shapes Commonwealth investment in Indigenous primary health care.

In order to maximise the value to Indigenous primary health care services of providing data, the Department of Health decided to develop and integrate data analytics capability using the Qlik Sense platform with the Health Data Portal. Through Qlik Sense, Indigenous health services have access to near-real time reports on their indicator data, overlain with a wide range of comparator data. These reports are increasingly being used within health services to underpin quality improvement efforts, making it more likely that efforts will also be made to optimise the quality of the data submitted.

The aim is to achieve a situation, where higher quality data can help improve both evidence-based policy-making at the national level, and clinical and other service delivery at the local level. This reflected a major shift in philosophy, moving from data reporting being a compliance-based activity, with low value to health services, to one that delivers a win-win for all participants.

Indigenous health services continue to own the data they submit to the Health Data Portal. Indigenous health services continue to own the data they submit to the Health Data Portal. Conditions for collection, review, storage and access of this data are defined in a set of data governance arrangements currently being developed with, and agreed to, by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.

In retaining sovereignty over their data holdings, Indigenous organisations are empowered to engage more closely with data, extract value from it for the benefit of their communities and actively control and monitor its release for other usage.

For more information about these data collections, email the Department of Health at: [email protected] 

nKPI and OSR Redesign

A number of reviews, including the 2019 AIHW Review of the two national Indigenous specific primary health care datasets: The Online Services Report and the national Key Performance Indicators, culminated in a range of recommendations to improve the two data collection. The HS DAG met on 9 December 2019 to discuss the long-term strategic objectives for the OSR and nKPI collections. A roadmap to implementing the nKPI and OSR recommendations has been developed. For more information about the nKPI and OSR Implementation Roadmap please email [email protected]