This report provides insights into health and sector performance measures for Victoria, Australia and selected Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. It draws largely on results from the 2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults.

It includes a brief summary of health status in Victoria, with national and international comparisons. The performance measures presented are organised into six core performance areas:

  • accessibility (health care, when and where needed)
  • appropriateness (the right health care, the right way)
  • effectiveness (making a difference for patients)
  • efficiency (value for money)
  • equity (health for all, health care that’s fair)
  • sustainability (caring for the future).

In 2016 The Commonwealth Fund was commissioned to oversample Victoria, for the first time, in the annual International Health Policy Survey. This report is based on findings from The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults in 11 Countries, comparing performance measures from the survey for Victoria with Australia and 10 other countries (Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States). The report also contains information from the OECD online health statistics data library, the Victorian Admitted Episodes Data collection, the Victorian Population Health Survey and various data reports and tables from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Cancer Council Victoria.

Overall, the measures in this report suggest Victorians enjoy a high level of health status and the health system performs well, when compared nationally and internationally. There are areas where Victoria is an international leader in terms of performance, but there are also areas where there are opportunities for improvement.