National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from December 2013

12 Dec 2014

Captures data from over 200 primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


This is the second national report on the Indigenous primary health care national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection. Data for this collection are provided to the AIHW by primary health care organisations who receive funding from the Department of Health to provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The purpose of the nKPIs is to improve the delivery of primary health care services by supporting continuous quality improvement (CQI) activity among service providers. The nKPIs also support policy and planning at the national and state and territory level by monitoring progress and highlighting areas for improvement.


The report presents data on 19 indicators (and 24 indicator measures) collected for 4 reporting periods over 2 years: June 2012, December 2012, June 2013 and December 2013. The number of organisations reporting increased substantially over the 4 reporting periods, from 90 in June 2012 to 207 in December 2013.


The indicators focus on chronic disease prevention and management, and on maternal and child health. There are 19 ‘process of care’ measures and 5 ‘health outcomes’ measures. The former are largely under the control of organisations and are therefore used to assess practices in primary health care. Health outcomes, on the other hand, are influenced by a wide range  of factors beyond the immediate control of primary health care organisations.

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