Topic-specific atlases relating to a range of topics are presented below.
Further information on topic-specific atlases including the associated data workbooks, maps and graphs can be viewed and accessed by selecting the links within each of the following topics.
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Closing the Gap Time Series Atlas
Closing the Gap seeks to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This Time Series Atlas focuses on the Closing the Gap targets (targets as at February 2018) for the Aboriginal population, with comparisons with the non-Indigenous population, at the Indigenous Area (IARE) level.
COVID-19 impact on unemployment benefits
One of the greatest impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia has been on jobs – in fact, the loss of jobs, as businesses have scaled down or closed. A major indicator of the impact of loss of jobs is the increase in the number of people receiving an unemployment benefit. In June 2019 there were just over three quarters of a million people receiving an unemployment benefit; by June 2020 this figure had more than doubled, to over one and a half million (the numbers are 769,555 and 1,614,412, respectively).
In this report we provide maps, graphs and data that show the major changes in the capital cities and regional areas, based on data from the Department of Social Services (DSS 2020).
Adequate and affordable housing is an important determinant of health. This report explores the housing circumstances of different population groups, drawing on small area geographic data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, health surveys, income support payment datasets, and administrative health datasets (e.g., perinatal statistics, potentially preventable hospitalisations, mortality) to examine area-level associations between the housing circumstances of different population groups and between housing circumstances and health outcomes.
Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations: Identifying hotspots of inequalities
The level of Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations (PPHs) is an accepted measure of health system performance and, despite its limitations, can geographically highlight areas of concern where rates of hospitalisation are high or to investigate why in other instances rates are low.
The aim of these studies, for the whole population and for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, is to identify the geographic and temporal persistence of PPHs across Australia. It follows on from work by Duckett and Griffiths (2016) published as “Perils of Place: identifying hotspots of health inequalities”. These studies provide a framework to identify the existence of areas with persistently high PPH rates over time known as “PPH hotspots” and provide core principles to highlight areas where interventions can be targeted. We hope that these new analyses, and their presentation in geographical maps, heat map graphs and data sheets, will provide information that is useful to the various levels of the health system, from state and territory health agencies to local and regional health networks and boards, PHNs and primary care practitioners, in working together with an aim to reducing the level of PPHs through improved primary health care outcomes at the local area level.
Regional Centres Atlas
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Research Policy has developed the concept of Regional Centres, as an ‘important but often overlooked set of areas with particular policy and population dynamics.’ These 46 areas have a total population of between 10,000 and 250,000 with at least 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander usual residents.
Regional centres tend to have a relatively young Indigenous population when compared to the non-Indigenous population in those centres and to the Indigenous population in the rest of Australia. In addition, Regional Centres contain significantly more Indigenous Australians overall than remote Indigenous communities and make up a greater share of the population than in Australia’s major cities. In spite of this, policy interest is very rarely devoted to individual regional centres or to regional centres as a separate geographic grouping.
Using data previously published in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Health Atlas, this atlas expands on the demographic, mobility and socioeconomic measures used in CAEPR's paper to further include indicators under the following themes, ‘Demographic and social indicators’, Health status, disease prevention, disability and deaths, and ‘ Use and provision of health and welfare services’.