Health stats go online in NSW

NSW Health has launched a new website allowing easy access to population health data for the state.

Aimed at allowing local health districts and Divisions of General Practice to access population health data, the site, Health Statistics NSW, is thought to be the first of its kind in Australia.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said it would allow users to access data and tailor reports about the health of the New South Wales population for their own use.

“This exciting new technology is the first of its type in Australia and puts New South Wales ahead in making information on the health of the population widely available in an interactive way through the internet,” Dr Chant said in a statement.

“The application allows users to find data easily, visualise and interpret data and produce customised reports.”

Health Statistics NSW provides an overview of key population health indicators and topics, including health priorities trends and information on the health status and demography of the NSW community, health inequalities and the determinants of health, the burden of disease and current health challenges, and trends in health and comparisons between age groups and geographic locations.

Data is available from a broad range of data sets collected by NSW Health statisticians, including hospital and deaths data, health survey risk factor data, infectious disease notifications, cancer data and population data. For example, a search of the letter C brings up statistics on cancer, cardiovascular disease, cervical cancer, children, chronic conditions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colorectal cancer, communicable diseases and coronary heart disease.

Regular updates will occur to add new indicators and update existing data. Data is freely available and users can view and download data, maps, graphs and reports free of charge.

The site allows users to create a graph of statistics of interest and download it for use in other documents such as PowerPoint. It also allows users to create a printable PDF and to save reports on the site.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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