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Health Data by Locality

There is no health data available with any granularity below state or region level.

This means that key insights on health statistics, that can only be gained by geo-visualisation, are being lost - greatly limiting our understanding of localised health issues.


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  1. Comment
    Helen Ensikat

    Hi Hugh,

    You may be able to find what you're looking for at - it provides a variety of health data by Statistical Local Area and Local Government Area.

    Helen Ensikat


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    1. Comment
      hugh.saalmans ( Idea Submitter )

      Thanks Helen, A little bit hard to find - but the SLA level data is pretty good. It's good candidate data for given it's already got Creative Commons licensing.

      Still I'd be great to go down to a more granular level and be able to look for potential localised factors and then look at correlations with industry, environmental and other risk factors. Not sure if the states have data down to that level..?



  2. Comment
    Helen Ensikat

    Health and Education data do suffer from these being largely under State rather than Commonwealth administration. (I was quite surprised the stuff on the public health website was actually out there at all.)

    I suspect the availability and quality of more detailed data varies dramatically from State to State, and it would be a matter of chasing down the right people to ask - may run into issues with cleaning the data sets and working out how to deal with data that is reported / cut differently from State to State. I'm pretty sure my Department of Health has a great deal of stuff that they don't have the resourcing or level or procedures to publish, and our recent budget cuts have hit knowledge/innovation programmes hard.

    Departments in various States also seem to report completely different things - for instance, WA seems very keen on publishing daily ambulance ramping data for some reason, but I'm not sure this is available for all States.

    If you do find any further detailed online Health data sets, can you drop me a comment on this post so I can add it to my list? Some of my contacts are looking into running a WA version of HealthHack and I'm trying to get resources together for participants if/when it gets off the ground.

    Helen Ensikat


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    Allan Barger
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    Thank you. This request has been received and we have passed it on to relevant Agency. We will keep you updated on any progress and on the outcome of the request.

    Allan Barger,

    Web Projects Officer.

  4. Comment
    Dr Richard Ferrers

    You might like to talk to the researcher at:

    Director, Associate Professor Rochelle Eime

    [email protected]

    They are comparing sport and rec participation and health outcomes.

    They might have some lower granularity health data.

    Looks like they use Census data:

    Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)

    "An integrated, dynamic database system has been development, which incorporates data about sport and recreation participation, sport and recreation facilities, population demographics and population health."

    For your info. \rf

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