NACCHO delivers Map-Based Decision Support Services

– Our Data in Our Hands

The first set of deliverables from the NACCHO Health Information Strategic Plan, as approved by the Board of Directors on 16 September 2015, are now being delivered by the NACCHO Secretariat.

Maps and graphics are now available to present publicly available information for use in negotiations with Primary Health Networks, Local Health Networks (e.g. Community and Hospital Health Services) and other funding bodies, as well as for reports to ACCHO Boards, community members, local institutions, Members of Parliament and the media.

These maps and graphics comprise a “Baseline Profile”. The NACCHO Secretatiat will work with interested Affiliates to enhance these Profiles by adding de-identified data from contributing ACCHOs and regional groups of ACCHOs to strengthen their funding applications to commissioning bodies such as PHNs. These “Enhanced Profiles” will only be accessible by the individual ACCHO or regional group of ACCHOs, the Affiliate and NACCHO. The Enhanced Profiles will not appear on the NACCHO website.

National Distribution of NACCHO Member Services

Member Services have been mapped based on information gathered from websites and online directories.


Heat Maps

Heat maps have been generated based on Indigenous population density for the three jurisdictions of WA, NT and Queensland with the balance of other jurisdictions to be completed mid-December 2015. Population densities have been shown in different colours with the highest densities in red and the lowest in green.

Travel times to highlight access to ACCHO Member Services

Travel time maps have been created for WA, NT and Queensland with Indigenous populations based on the 2011 ABS Census data at the SA1 Level. An example from each jurisdiction is shown below – Wirraka Maya (Port Hedland, WA), Danila Dilba (Darwin, NT) and AICCHS Mackay (Qld).

Next Steps

The NACCHO Health Information Team in the NACCHO Secretariat uses these building blocks for Baseline Profiles for developing the individual and regional Enhanced Profiles for Member Services, in collaboration with interested Affiliates. The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia is the first Affiliate to formally agreed to a cooperation arrangement with the NACCHO Secretariat.

Enhanced Profiles

By working with Member Services that have consented for NACCHO to have a copy of their OSR and nKPI data, the NACCHO Secretariat and the interested Affiliates will able to develop a range of maps and graphics to enhance their applications for funding, reports to funders, Board Reports and community engagement.

In addition, customised reports for other purposes could be generated such as to contribute to local CQI Action Plans.

Current Capability

The NACCHO Health Information Team has the capability to offer Member Services information displayed as maps and graphics for the following 4 Profiles.

Profile 1 – Showing what Services are where.

1.1) showing where NACCHO Member Services are located.
1.2) showing how many and where there are comprehensive primary health care services provided in fixed clinics
1.3) showing the links between clinic locations and their administrative/coordinating centres
1.4) showing which communities are serviced by mobile clinics.

Profile 2 – Showing the service delivery area of a Member Service and how many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are living in that footprint.

2.1) Showing the area from which clients can access an ACCHO within 30 minute and 60 minute drive times.
2.2) Providing the total number and the age/sex breakdown of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living within 30 and 60 minute drive times based on the 2011 Census.

Profile 3 – Showing areas of accessibility and populations without access

3.1) Showing the density of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ distribution expressed as a heat map, based on SA1 level 2011 ABS Census data.
3.2) Showing where there are communities with Aboriginal residents outside the 60 minute drive times i.e. with difficult or no access to an ACCHO.

Profile 4 – Showing how many and which ACCHOs are in a region.

Regions come in many different shapes and sizes for example, Federal Electorate, State Electorate, Primary Health Network, Public Health Area, Indigenous Area, Indigenous Relative Socioeconomic Outcome Areas

4.1) Showing how many NACCHO Member Services are in a Federal Electorate for example, Lingiari?
4.2) Showing which ACCHOs and/or clinics are located in a Federal Electorate for example New England?

4.1) NACCHO Member Services in the Electorate of Lingiari


4.2) NACCHO Member Services in the Electorate of New England

Armajun Aboriginal Health Service Inc.
Armidale Aboriginal Health Service
Inverell Clinic
Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service Incorporated
Walhallow Aboriginal Corporation
Walhallow Aboriginal Corporation, Quirindi