Mapping the National Health Services Directory

AURIN provides access to the the National Health Services directory (NHSD). This point-level data is published by Healthdirect Australia. It is a comprehensive and consolidated national directory of health services and related health service providers in both the public and private sectors across all Australian jurisdictions. The purpose of the NHSD is to provide consistent, authoritative, reliable and easily accessible information about health services to the public and to support health professionals with the delivery of healthcare.

This is a step-by-step tutorial taking you through mapping health services, taking you through the following steps to:

  • Understand the contents of the NHSD
  • Access and load the NHSD data
  • Filter points by attribute
  • Map the location of Health Services

Understand the contents of the NHSD

AURIN publishes the metadata of all datasets openly on the internet. You can see the metadata for the HealthDirect NHSD datasets here: http://data.aurin.org.au/dataset?q=nhsd – note that the 2016 contains more attributes than the 2015 set.
To set up access to the NHSD via the AURIN Portal, you need to apply here.

Access and load the NHSD data

Once you have been granted access to the NHSD in the form above, begin an AURIN project (MyAURIN > New Project…) and specify a geography you are interested in. You can choose any geography and the same steps in this tutorial should work- the NHSD is a national coverage, so it’s great for regional data or focussing in on smaller areas of capital cities. In this example we will map health services in the Newcastle SA4:

In the Dataset panel filter by Organisation and choose ‘Healthdirect‘. Choose the 2016 NHSD and select all the attributes:

Once your data is imported you will see a table like this…

The spanner icon lets you ‘display on map

As you can see, there is quite a lot of data here. We can filter down to any specific variable using the Dataset Attribute Filter. In this example we can just select the services that provide Aged Care. In the ‘Attribute Value’ section, you need to specify the exact phrase of the ‘Service Category‘ within the data table: ‘Aged Care’…

This will generate a new dataset like this:

Now we just see Aged Care services

We can map a choropleth of the sub-categories now:

 

Central Australia

AURIN is supporting the Improving equity of Hepatitis B treatment access and outcomes by informing spatial targeting of resources project by providing access to the NHSD.
As the point-level data can represent a large data download, you specify a bounding box for downloading points within a specific area. The image below shows health services in Alice Springs, and also the surrounding communities: