Health Deliverable #8 – Final Product Post

1.     Introductory Product Information

Product name: Examining How Social Infrastructure Data Can be Used  in Local Health Planning and Innovation for Type 2 Diabetes Management

Primary users: Medicare Locals and Primary Care Partnerships, State and Local Government Health Planners

Synopsis:  Clustering of diabetes prevalence, other physical and psychological conditions and social disadvantage are important issues for those charged with planning and integrating health services, both primary care and hospital services. It means planners need to understand where particular areas of composite vulnerability and disease burden exist and how to match provision of integrated health and social care services to those areas of high composite need.

This demonstrator pilot project drew on a study of the care experiences of a number of people with diabetes from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds in the North and West Metropolitan Region(N&WMR) of the Victorian Department of Health. The demonstrator project  attempts to make possible the integration of health and social data to identify ‘hot-spots’ of combined or clustered vulnerability and  visually represent service location and accessibility relevant to the complex health and welfare needs of people from these locations.

The mapping tool was developed with input from a research and system “champion”, technical experts and end users.


2.     Instructional Product Information

It is anticipated that the tool will be used by Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) and Medicare Locals (MLs) have an important role to play in responding to issues such as access to health services and in the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes. It is anticipated that these groups will use the tool to assist with planning, implementing and measuring service system improvements, including evaluation of impacts and outcomes for consumers.

The tool has two main components as illustrated in Figure 1. The window on the left hand side relates to the disease distribution and enables the user to identify areas of particular vulnerability by searching SEIFA, Depression, Obesity and Depression related data. The window on the right shows the relationship between health service locations, fees structures.

Figure 1: Health Demonstrator Interface


The demonstrator project is available from here:
The demonstrator project is available from here:


3.  Product (or Product Components) Re-usability Information

The open-source nature of the current data and the tool means that the tool can be replicated to anywhere in Melbourne and beyond (depending on the data). This tool uses the walkability procedure (distance through the street network outlined in Demonstrator Project 1 – Walkability.

There is interest from the Southern and Eastern Regional Management Forums and a presentation is being organised to present the work to these forums in September 2013.


4.     Contextual Product Information

The code is licensed under creative commons.

The tool is currently being used within the Department of General Practice research program and tested with the Victorian Government to assess the potential use of the tool for Local Government Municipal health planning and as an example of integrated planning across regions. The outcomes of the tool are currently being communicated through book chapter, conference paper and collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Victorian Department of Health.

In the future the tool may be integrated with the AURIN portal. However there remain some issues of data quality in the underlying data which require a collaborative effort to address. For example the recording of GP opening hours is not always filled out and it is anticipated that this information will change at regular intervals.

The source code is available within the GitHub:


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