With over four years successfully managing and enhancing the large scale national Aboriginal health reporting platform OCHREStreams, The Centre for Aboriginal Health, NSW Ministry of Health, commissioned us to review the current Aboriginal health key performance indicators (KPIs) in order to streamline reporting processes and provide more meaningful and useful data for their funded health services.
Additionally we developed supporting materials and recommendations for other resources, tools and initiatives to improve the reporting requirements and enhance the value of Aboriginal health program KPI reporting for both Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and the NSW Ministry of Health.
16 of the 34 ACCHS funded by the NSW Ministry of Health were involved in the consultation process, ensuring adequate diversity across the region in regards to organisation size, funding and location. Centres were either visited by staff on site, or consulted via teleconference depending on staff availability.
There has been strong interest in seeing a change to the reporting process, particularly around providing consistencies in reports and the development of a data dictionary to specify extraction/reporting requirements.
Each indicator will be scrutinised by the relevant Program Area of the Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Project Reference Group to ensure meaningful changes with the Ministry.