Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Reporting

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health reporting page provides a summary of activities including those relating to the Health Data Portal Project.

Page last updated: 30 August 2017

In 2011 the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 was developed and Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) approved a set of 24 national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) to track and evaluate the Closing the Gap health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The nKPIs have been collected from around 230 organisations since June 2012 and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has produced national reports on the data set since May 2014. 

The Online Service Report (OSR) data is currently reported from around 277 organisations funded by the Australian Government (through the Department of Health and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) to provide primary health care, child and maternal health care.

The Health Care Provider Medicare Provider Number (HCP MPN) report was first collected online through OCHREStreams in 2014, which significantly reduced the burden of HCP reporting on services in addition to the time in which services reported. Prior to 2014 services provided paper based HCP MPN reports to the Department.

Since 1996, the Department has had arrangements in place under section 19(2) of the Health Insurance Act 1973, allowing Medicare bulk billing by the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHs) if they are funded for the delivery of primary health care. Medicare payments to the ACCHs are part of the overall funding to Indigenous health. Each year ACCHs are asked to update changes to the Medicare Provider Numbers (MPN) for the doctors, allied health and dental professionals who worked at their organisation in the previous year. This information cannot be obtained directly from Medicare data as it is not held at whole of practice level. The Department estimates the number, and value of services claimed from Medicare under the 19(2) arrangements by ACCHs to monitor the uptake and increased use of Medicare. The information also enables estimation of Medicare rebates paid as part of the section 19(2) arrangements.

  1. Health Data Portal
  2. The Department has decided to cease using the current reporting mechanism, OCHREStreams, and will transition to the Health Data Portal in 2018. The goal is to establish a simple, reliable, sustainable and streamlined reporting mechanism for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health reporting through the Health Data Portal and using the Department’s Enterprise Data Warehouse.

    For more information about the Health Data Portal.

  3. National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care Data Validation Project Report July 2017
  4. The purpose of the Data Validation Project (DVP) was to objectively and independently review the accuracy of the data processing that is performed to produce nKPIs. The report is now available.

Contact: For further information please email Indigenousreporting@health.gov.au.