Health Statistics

Australia’s national health information


Australia has an excellent national health statistics system. Visitors seeking general information about the health of the Australian population or its health services and institutions are referred to Australia’s Health 2012, the comprehensive health flagship publication of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Behind the strength of Australian health statistics stand coordination arrangements under the National Health Information Agreement.  The Agreement’s structures and processes ensure that consensus-based standards apply to national aggregations, for consistent and high quality data .  Details are available on the AIHW Data Standards web page.  Australia’s national health and welfare metadata registry, METeOR, is a key enabling tool.

The national statistics agency, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), is the principal source of information about population health and demography, and has an extensive range of publications derived from its regular population survey program, 5-yearly censuses of population and housing and other sources.  A good introduction to these health data can be found on the ABS Health Topics web page.  A reliable source of processed small area population health data is the University of Adelaide’s Population Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU), whose work is supported by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.


Australian Clinical Registries


The capability of Australian Clinical Registries in the health statistics field is backed by Geoff Sims’ extensive experience in administration of Australia’s national health statistics programs at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  See The Consultants page for Geoff’s CV.  National health statistics projects undertaken for clients since 2002 have enhanced and deepened this experience, to encompass:

  • Health data sets developed to national standard
  • Data modeling using Toad Data Modeler
  • Data specifications in METeOR, Australia’s official health metadata registry
  • Mapping metadata to SNOMED CT-AU, the endorsed health terminology for Australia
  • Biostatistics and data analysis using STATA
  • Clinical quality registry management and advice
  • Indicators of health care performance and patient or population outcomes
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Local health services planning data
  • Descriptive and analytical statistics on health topics


For more information, or to find out how Australian Clinical Registries can meet your needs in the health statistics field, use the form on the Contact Us page.