National dataset and infrastructure provision

National dataset and infrastructure provision for AURIN

The aim of this project is to provide users of AURIN with access to data describing the distribution across Australia at the small area level of many aspects of the health, well-being and quality of life of the population, using a range of high quality indicators.
The particular focus of the datasets and indicators is to highlight spatial variations in social and health inequalities.

Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage, 2011

Project Overview

Access is provided to a wide range of datasets, spatially disaggregated at the Statistical Local Area level, comprising value-added data (e.g. indicators expressed as percentages, age-standardised rates) from administrative datasets, as well as modelled estimates of data not available from administrative sources.

Examples of indicators derived from administrative data sets include:

  • jobless families
  • low birth weight babies and women smoking during their pregnancy
  • services by general medical practitioners
  • clients of home and community care services;
  • premature mortality, by cause

Modelled estimates include:

  • indicators of community strengths (e.g. data for ability to get support in times of crisis; provision of support to other relatives living outside the household)
  • financial barriers to access to services (e.g. delayed medical consultation because could not afford it, delayed purchasing prescribed medication because could not afford it)
  • chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, respiratory system diseases)
  • associated health risks (smoking, overweight and obesity, and alcohol consumption at risky levels)

The data sets are accompanied by detailed metadata.

premature male and female deaths_composite

(L): Premature mortality, males and (R): premature mortality, females

Project Output

The project will deliver the following products for access through the AURIN Portal:

  • Datasets for social indicators and health indicators
  • Metadata

Project Team

The Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) has been located at the University of Adelaide, since its inception in 1999. Its role is to assist in the development of public health data, data systems and indicators. As such we are committed to the development of an integrated health information system in Australia that can provide information on a broad range of health determinants across the life course. A major emphasis is on the development and publication of small area statistics for monitoring inequality in health and wellbeing.

The project team consists of John Glover, Director of PHIDU and the main contact for the project; Matthew Freeman, Senior Research Officer; and research officers Kimberley Sobczak and Sarah Ambrose.

John GloverAssoc Prof John Glover 
Main Contact
PHIDU, The University of Adelaide
08 8313 6237

Project Partners