Data about the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians is a key ingredient in Primary Health Tasmania’s commissioning process.
With this in mind, a range of statistics, insights and other information is collated to provide an evidence base from which services can be developed.
Needs assessment report
Our annual needs assessment report is a summary of information that’s relevant to our commissioning activity. It provides a snapshot of Tasmanian health trends by noting areas of improvement, as well as those that continue to pose a challenge to the wellbeing of local populations.
The PHN Exchange has been developed as a portal to share data and data related resources with the Tasmanian health community. The portal shows aggregated data by local government area from a variety of sources and the resources section provides a one-stop-shop to a wealth of data tools and websites.
The PHN Exchange also allows general practices sharing data with Primary Health Tasmania under the Primary Health Information Network (PHIN) to access their practice data report. This part of the exchange is not publicly accessible and general practices must register to access this information.
If you are a general practice, share data under the PHIN program, and don’t yet have access to your practice data report, let us know by emailing us so we can assist you.
General Practice in Tasmania report
Primary Health Tasmania’s General Practice in Tasmania report offers insight into the local general practice workforce andthe quality care it provides to the Tasmanian population.
Prepared by our health intelligence team, it enriches understanding of the key role played by local general practices by providing up-to-date statistical insights about the specifics of where, why, and how oftenTasmanians see their GP.
Data in the report is drawn from an information-sharing network called the Primary Health Information Network, which includes roughly 75% of the state’s general practices.
Local government area profiles
Local government area health profiles – which we call ‘community health checks’ – are developed by Primary Health Tasmania using publicly available information. They are available for each of Tasmania’s 29 council areas. They include demographic data (such as age) and statistics relating to the social determinants of health, health risk factors, illness, potentially preventable hospitalisations, and death.
COVID-19 impact reviews
Our health intelligence team – a highly skilled group of public health physicians, clinical epidemiologists, biostatisticians and health statistics and research officers – has undertaken a number of rapid literature reviews to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the health of Tasmanians.
These brief reports will be useful to service providers in responding to demand in the months following the pandemic.