Some of the factors that impact the health of people in our region are shown below
We frequently use a standardised method of summarising a number of social and economic factors, called Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) scores. SEIFA scores are a measure of advantage and disadvantage compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The Census variables used to calculate the SEIFA indexes cover a number of domains and include household income, education, employment, occupation, housing and other indicators of advantage and disadvantage.
The SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage by LGA in the HNECC region ranges from the most disadvantaged at 910 (Tenterfield LGA) to the least disadvantaged at 997 (Newcastle LGA) (Australia 1,000).
The lifestyle we choose may place us at risk of poor health outcomes and the development of diseases. Smoking, high risk alcohol consumption and excess weight are major risk factors for death and disease in Australia. Some of the risk factors for people in the HNECC region are shown in the infographic below.
Accessible health services are those that are conveniently located, affordable, appropriate and acceptable. Health services can be inaccessible if providers do not acknowledge and respect cultural factors, physical barriers and economic barriers, or if the community is not aware of available services.
In our region, we found:
More information about this and other population health topics is available on our Resources page.
Links to other information from some of our key data sources can be found on the Other information about health in our region page.
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