The Morrison Government is investing a further $6.3 million to continue the development of the Health Data Portal (the Portal) used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services funded under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP) to report Indigenous health data.
The Portal is a safe and secure tool used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services to submit National Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) and from 1 July 2019, it will include the Online Services Report (OSR) and the Health Care Provider (HCP) number report.
In January 2019, 100 per cent of 238 reporting health services successfully submitted their nKPI data through the Portal.
The success of the January 2019 data collection can be attributed to the co-design approach which saw the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector involved in the development of the Portal.
This included working together on the design, prototype and user testing of the Portal.
The purpose of nKPIs is to improve the delivery of primary health care services by supporting continuous quality improvement activity among service providers.
The nKPIs also support policy and planning at the national and state/territory level by monitoring progress and highlighting areas for improvement.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare maintains and reports on the nKPI data collection.
This collection is one of the most advanced primary health care data sets available as it gathers care and outcome data from all IAHP health services.
The Portal provides a simplified and streamlined process so organisations can focus on their core business of delivering health services in communities.
The Morrison Government is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services to develop practical, evidence-based policy and deliver programs that will make a real difference to the lives of First Australians.
It is part of our focus on closing the gap and supporting culturally appropriate primary health care and programs.
Ensuring high quality primary health care is delivered in a culturally and competent way is a key to improving the health and wellbeing of First Australians in communities across Australia.