AODStats by Turning Point

AODStats - FAQ

Currently state totals are provided in a separate map on the AODstats website. You would need to go to the AODstats home page and then select the Victoria State map (link under the LGA map).

Yes, you can download all the data at once for each indicator (e.g. all years and categories for Hospitalisations). To do this you need to select your indicator and then, in the bottom left corner, there is a table icon which you select. You can then select the Show all years box and Show all indicators box and this will give you all the years and categories (i.e. Male, Female, Age) for that indicator (i.e. Hospitalisations).

For another indicator you would need to select that first (i.e. ED presentations) and then repeat the process above.

No, it is not possible to compare across drug types as there are often multiple drugs involved and therefore drugs cannot be added together.

The numbers presented on AODstats for alcohol and drug categories (illicit, pharmaceutical and their sub-categories) are not mutually exclusive. Alcohol attendance cases might also be positive for one or more other drugs, and vice versa, and are included in all relevant categories.

No, the data is not available at postcode or suburb level. Whilst Turning Point does have some indicator data by postcode and suburb level, not all indicators are provided at this level and are only provided at an LGA level. Also, the issue with providing data at a smaller level than LGA may not be useful as many values will be reported as less than five due to potential identification.

Rates are crude rates using the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimated resident population (ERP) data. For a calendar year the ERP used is of the same year, taken at June (e.g. 2015 data uses June 2015 ERP). For a financial year the EPR used is that of the beginning of the financial year (e.g. 2014-15 data uses June 2014 ERP).

Crude rates allow for adjustment of population size across different areas. However, they do not adjust for certain demographic attributes (specifically age and sex). From a public health perspective there are advantages to standardising for age and/or sex, as it allows comparisons across areas to be made more accurately. However, from a policy perspective, knowing what is impacting the rates is equally important. Given that age and gender are key contributors to alcohol harms and use, if an area has more or fewer men and younger people than other areas, this information is important in terms of developing and delivering targeted policies and services.

Many indicators do not collect other demographic information such as ethnicity, so this data is typically not available.

As of December 2016, Turning Point has retrospectively removed all the ED cases from hospital data prior to 2012/13 to be comparable with any new data since 2012/13. So now, if someone presents to emergency and only stays in emergency, they are only captured as an ED presentation. If someone presents to emergency and is then admitted to another ward, then they are only captured in hospital admissions data.

An illicit drug is any one of the following:

  1. Amphetamines (all types)
  2. Cannabis
  3. Opioids
  4. GHB
  5. Heroin
  6. Inhalants
  7. Stimulants
  8. Other Stimulants (excluding amphetamines and pharmaceutical stimulants)
  9. Hallucinogens
  10. Ketamine
  11. Steroids
  12. Synthetic cannabinoids
  13. Emerging psychoactive substances

A pharmaceutical drug is any one of the following:

  1. Antidepressant
  2. Antipsychotic
  3. Anticonvulsant
  4. Benzodiazepine
  5. Analgesics
  6. Opioid analgesics
  7. Opioid pharmacotherapy
  8. Pharmaceutical stimulant
  9. Other medication

There are several ways to download data from AODstats. Click the symbol export icon (Export) from the Menu on the bottom-left of the Main page. Alternatively, you can click Data Table symbol table icon from the main menu. Another option is to right-click on any area on the screen and then select Copy data.

Further details of how to download data can be found in the User Guide, which is downloadable from the AODstats website.

Each quarter, new annual indicator data is added to AODstats as it becomes available, and existing data is amended where required.

New ambulance data will be added to Ambo-AODstats on an annual basis, and existing data will be amended where required.

Please see the table on the Data tab on the homepage for a timetable of data releases.

Yes. Select the indicator icon (Display multiple indicators in the line graph for the selected map area) symbol from the top-left menu on the graph panel. Further details of how to compare between groups can be found in the User Guide.

Statistics based on numbers less than five are not reported and therefore do not show up in downloaded data. However, where a number is less than five, it will show up in the data box when hovering over the map area as < 5. Also, statistics have been masked where a category could be calculated by subtracting from the total. These will also be indicated when hovering over the map area.

Nine pre-determined regions have already been created for you and these include the eight Victorian health regions and a metropolitan region. These can be found in the Regions pull-down menu in the top right hand corner of the website.

Yes, it is possible to select a group of areas and to create a Custom region based on this selection. The easiest way to create a region can be by clicking directly on the Map, or selecting from the Region selector panel. To create the Custom region, click on the green tick icon located on the top left of the Region selector panel. The panel will only list the selected regions. Further information on Custom Regions can be found in the User Guide.

The number 0 indicates that there are no cases for this area in the year selected (i.e. year on which the slider is). The term No data in the map legend refers to numbers less than five or other masked numbers for the selected year. It is important to note that an area with No data label may actually have zero or more than four cases for the years that are not selected. As such, the graph will show data points for those years.

Yes, changes over time can be seen using the time-scale bar. The Play button play icon on the right will cycle through the time period available from the earliest year to the most recent year, and animate the graph and the map. This can be useful to see whether a particular region has changed its position relative to other regions over time.

Yes, there is an options menu, which can customise the maps and graphs to suit your needs. The spanner icon spanner icon will allow you to do this.

Emergency department presentations, hospital admissions, ADIS treatment services and deaths are all presented by residential location. Assaults and family violence incidents, ambulance attendances and serious road injuries are presented by event/scene location.

By default, StatPlanet determines the best-fit values for each graduation in the legend, and therefore the upper and lower boundaries for a distribution. This can be modified choosing Options -> Map and checking the box named Legend: show maximum & minimum values.

Yes. The deaths data on AODstats are obtained from the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) as the confidential Cause of Death Unit Record File (COD URF) data files. Deaths are coded from death certificates compiled by the collective jurisdictional Registries of Birth, Deaths and Marriages, and State and Chief Coroners, using ICD10 codes for calendar years 1999 onwards.

The attribution of a drug or substance as being involved in the event is formed on the basis of ambulance paramedic mention of the involvement of these substances, established through paramedic clinical assessment, patient self-report or information provided by someone else at the scene, such as family or associates. The core criterion project staff use in determining the involvement of a drug or substance is: "Is it reasonable to attribute the immediate or recent (not merely chronic) over- or inappropriate ingestion of the substance or medication as significantly contributing to the reason for the Ambulance Victoria attendance?"

Currently state totals are provided in a separate map on the AODstats website, as are metropolitan/regional totals. You need to go to the AODstats home page and then select the Victoria State map or the metro/regional map.