Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group (HS DAG)

Page last updated: 26 May 2020

Purpose
Timing
Submission Process
HS DAG Membership
Review of the nKPI and OSR data collections – HS DAG’s role
HS DAG Working Group
Communiques
Related Indigenous health data and reporting programs
Links

Purpose

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group (HS DAG), formally known as the OCHREStreams Advisory Group, was formed in 2017 to provide advice to the Department of Health on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health data specifically the National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (nKPI) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online Services Report (OSR).

HS DAG also contributes to the development and continuous improvement of the Health Data Portal which collects the nKPI and OSR data. These data collections inform and shape a robust evidence base which support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy and program development and improved service delivery.

The HS DAG has a Terms of Reference that defines their role and work remit.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group - Terms of Reference (PDF 172 KB)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group - Terms of Reference (Word 28 KB)

Timing

The HS DAG meets regularly throughout the year (at a minimum twice each year) and meetings will continue to June 2022, when the group’s role, function, objectives and membership of the group will be assessed.

Submission Process

HS DAG welcomes contributions from all health services and stakeholders, including Clinical Information System (CIS) software vendors, through a submission process.

If you would like to submit an item for consideration by the HS DAG, please send your submission using a submission template to the HS DAG Secretariat at: hs.data.advisory.group@health.gov.au. All submissions will be reviewed for inclusion by the co-chairs for appropriateness, priority and conformity.

Health Services Data Advisory Group - Submission Template (PDF 202 KB)
Health Services Data Advisory Group - Submission Template (Word 21 KB)

HS DAG Membership

Current membership includes:

Co-Chairs:
Ms Kate Thomann, Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health
Dr Dawn Casey, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Membership:
Dr John Boffa, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Dr Christine Connors, Northern Territory Government
Dr Ana Herceg, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services
Dr Tim Senior, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Mr Timothy Saunders, National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)
Dr Tomoko Sugiura, Director, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health

Participation is also extended, via the Chair, to individuals with relevant expertise to present, discuss or provide advice on particular issues.

Review of the nKPI and OSR data collections – HS DAG’s role

A number of reviews aimed at improving the nKPI and OSR data collections, including the 2019 AIHW Review of the two national Indigenous specific primary health care datasets The Online Services Report and the national Key Performance Indicators, found there was an opportunity to adopt a new governance model to support timely, efficient and responsive governance of the nKPI data set. 

The HS DAG met on 9 December 2019 to discuss the long-term strategic objectives for the OSR and nKPI collections. Outcomes of the meeting included:

Establishing a HS DAG Working Group

A new single working group with clinical and technical expertise, to provide expert advice to the HS DAG, has been formed as an outcome of the 9 December 2019 HS DAG meeting.  The working group includes a set of core members with clinical and technical expertise, representation from the sector and additional subject matter expertise that can be co-opted when required.   

The HS DAG clinical and technical working group will review matters referred by the HS DAG, and provide advice on the results of the nKPI data for clinical relevance and as a tool in clinical continuous quality improvement activities.

The working group’s initial meetings will be to provide advice on the minor modifications required to the 22 of the 24 nKPIs, and ensure alignment with clinical best practice guidelines. This is timely as the indicators have not been updated since they were first collected in 2011. The first meeting to modify the 22 nKPIs was held as a teleconference on 22 April 2020. Planning for the next meetings are underway.

The HS DAG Working Group has a Terms of Reference that defines their role and work remit.

Clinical and Technical Working Group for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group - Terms of Reference (PDF 147 KB)
Clinical and Technical Working Group for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Data Advisory Group - Terms of Reference (Word 28 KB)

Chair
Ms Kate Thomann, Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health

Current Membership:

Dr Jason Agostino, ANU
Mr Damian Cutler, Galambila Aboriginal Health Service
Mr Brian Dunstan, Independent Consultant
Ms Beth Fiedler, NACCHO
Ms Sarah Fraser, Aboriginal Health Council SA
Ms Debra Gent, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Ms Rachel Hayhurst, NPS MedicineWise
Dr Ana Herceg, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services
Dr Liz Moore, AMSANT
Dr Carmel Nelson, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
Ms Kim Passante, Carbal Medical Services
Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, AIHW
Ms Felicity Murdoch, AIHW

Communiques

Release a communique following each HS DAG meeting to ensure the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Services are kept informed of outcomes with regard to the nKPI and OSR data collections. The first issue of the HS DAG Communique was released on 22 May 2020. Future meetings of the HS DAG will be followed by a Communique, and each Communique will publish the next scheduled HS DAG meeting.

HS DAG Meeting Communique (PDF 215 KB)
HS DAG Meeting Communique (Word 28 KB)

We will keep the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector updated about the work of HS DAG and its working group via the communiques and also through the monthly Health Data Portal e-newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to the e-newsletters send an email to indigenousreporting@health.gov.au.

Related Indigenous health data and reporting programs

Work is being conducted around the Department of Health to build on previous work to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) to strengthen data management and reporting practices. These include:

  • nKPI and OSR Implementation Roadmap

A roadmap to implement the nKPI and OSR recommendations has been developed. Further information about the nKPI and OSR Implementation Roadmap is available.

  • Data Quality Assessment and Support Project: Implementation Roadmap

The aim of the DQASP was to undertake an assessment of ACCHS data collection practices and provide support and recommend areas where the service might be able to improve data management and reporting practices. Further information about the DQASP is available.

  • The Health Data Portal

The Health Data Portal is being used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services funded by the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme to submit nKPIs, OSR and HCP data. More information about the Health Data Portal is available.



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