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How can you use healthdirect Healthmap in Australia?

OSHCstudents – Healthdirect Healthmap is an online data visualisation tool designed and managed by Healthdirect Australia. This tool makes Australian health data easily available for population health planning at national and local levels, across different regions, population groups and time periods.


Via an easy-to-use interactive map, healthdirect Healthmap allows investigators to overlay multiple sets of health data from different sources to build a visual picture of the availability of health services, understand how people use them and identify gaps between service provision and service demand.



What data is available in healthdirect Healthmap?

Through one interface, healthdirect Healthmap gives open access to trusted data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Public Health Information Development Unit and Healthdirect Australia, including:

  • social and economic data
  • population distribution and forecasts
  • mortality and morbidity rates
  • prevalence of chronic diseases
  • prevalence of mental health issues
  • health services data from the National Health Services Directory

Registered users from primary health networks and government departments can also access call data and consumer profiles sourced from Healthdirect Australia’s helplines — healthdirect, the after hours GP helpline and Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.


How can I use healthdirect Healthmap?

Healthdirect Healthmap is free and can be accessed via your web browser at healthmap.com.au. No downloads or login details are required to get started.

Anyone interested in using real data sets to explore Australia’s population health will find healthdirect Healthmap a useful tool to investigate:

  • national, state-wide or local statistical information about population groups and health services
  • health and social characteristics of particular areas such as Primary Health Networks, Local Health Districts/Networks or post codes
  • health and social characteristics compared across neighbouring areas and time ranges
  • health planning regions such as Modified Monash Models

Data from healthdirect Healthmap can be used to build custom reports, data tables, charts and interactive map views. These can be exported and shared across a range of channels including websites and social media.


Knowledge and empowerment

The Australian health sector generates an enormous amount of important data that can deliver improvements to the health of our communities and people’s lives. The data is everywhere, in many different formats and places. The challenge is to make it easy to access and explore.

With Healthmap we’ve sourced and combined key health data into a single, easy-to-use map. Whether you’re a health professional, planner, researcher, or just simply interested, our growing catalogue of nationally and locally significant datasets is at your fingertips. You can now explore, discover and share data across the Australian health landscape!


If you are international students, foreigners in Australia and are looking at OSHC, OVHC you can check out the prices and purchase insurance please contact OSHCstudents Team for further information and assistance at email: info@oshcstudents.com

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