Population health data | Australian Government Department of Health

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Why population health data is important

A strong evidence base of the health of the population at different points in time and over time gives us valuable information about:

  • health issues facing Australians
  • factors that affect health
  • what approaches work or do not work to fight disease and encourage Australians to adopt healthy lifestyles.

It helps us develop effective policies and programs that improve the health of Australians of all ages, wherever they live.

Our population health databases

We collect and publish health statistics, summaries and reports on:

We apply common sense data access and release policy supported by streamlined processes. This guarantees public access to useful and de-identified data.

Other population health data

We also use data created by other government agencies and partners to develop policy and inform decisions:

Data Integration Partnership for Australia

The Data Integration Partnership for Australia has worked on the creation and expansion of data assets across government.

As a member of Social Unit, Health and Welfare, we use education, health and wellness data to:

  • develop more effective policy interventions
  • design better services
  • improve program delivery.

Last update:

November 29, 2021

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