NACCHO Aboriginal Health and #NATSIHP : New @AIHW release : Tracking the progress 9 of 20 goal against the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023

NACCHO Aboriginal Health New AIHW release: Tracking the progress 9 of 20 goal  against the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023

In October 2015, the Australian Government released the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Read 50 plus NACCHO Aboriginal Health and NATSIHP articles over past 7 years 

The Implementation Plan outlines the actions to be taken by the Australian Government, the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, and other key stakeholders to give effect to the vision, principles, priorities, and strategies of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

The Implementation Plan has set goals to be achieved by 2023 for 20 indicators.

These goals were developed to complement the existing COAG Closing the Gap targets, and focus on prevention and early intervention across the life course.

Of the 15 goals currently able to be assessed, 12 are on track

See AIHW for full results 

This July 2019 update provides new data for 9 of the 20 goals, that is, those relating to antenatal care, smoking during pregnancy, childhood immunisation and diabetes checks and tests.

For these 9 goals, 7 are on track, and 2 are not on track. New data for the remaining 11 goals is not yet available, with ‘on track’ status for 2 of these still not able to be assessed.

Maternal health and parenting domain (3 goals)
Childhood health and development domain (5 goals)
Adolescent and youth health domain (4 goals)
Healthy adults domain (2 goals)
Healthy ageing domain (3 goals)
Cross-domain (3 goals)

Example Goal 3: Smoking during pregnancy

Read NACCHO Article Here 

This indicator reports on the age-standardised proportion of Indigenous women who smoked during pregnancy. The goal for this indicator is 37% by 2023.

Why is it important?

Many lifestyle factors contribute to, and can have adverse effects on, the health and wellbeing of a woman and her baby during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Smoking tobacco increases the risk of complications such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption and gestational diabetes and is associated with low birthweight, foetal growth restriction, pre-term birth, congenital anomalies and perinatal death.

What data are available?

Data for this indicator were sourced from the National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC). Perinatal data are collected for each birth in each state and territory, most commonly by midwives.

What do the data show?

Progress towards the goal is on track, with the age-standardised rate in 2016 (42.8%) similar to the trajectory point required to meet the goal (43.4%).

Based on age-standardised rates, the proportion of Indigenous women smoking during pregnancy decreased between 2009 and 2012 (from 50% to 47%). This proportion was slightly higher in 2013 (48%), but lower again in 2014 and 2015 (both 45%) and lower again in 2016 (43%).

In 2016, 44% of Indigenous women reported smoking during pregnancy.

Based on age-standardised rates, in 2016:

  • the smoking rate among Indigenous women was highest in Very remote areas (53%) and lowest in Major cities (38%)
  • Indigenous women were substantially more likely than non-Indigenous women to report smoking during pregnancy—43% compared with 12%.

See full results

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *