Table 1

The demographic characteristics of female patients before and after the implementation of the Between the Flags programme

BeforeRun-inAfter
2007/20082009/20102011/2013P values
n=1 370 305(%)n=1 424 615(%)n=2 319 250(%)
Age groups<0.001
 18–34 year323 562(23.6)319 592(22.4)506 685(21.8)
 35–54 year306 689(22.4)320 029(22.5)503 044(21.7)
 55–74 year377 574(27.6)401 008(28.1)667 649(28.8)
 ≥75 year362 480(26.5)383 986(27.0)641 872(27.7)
Marital status<0.001
 Married/de facto691 549(50.5)720 248(50.6)1 179 886(50.9)
 Never married213 168(15.6)222 279(15.6)374 129(16.1)
 Widowed306 753(22.4)316 289(22.2)491 515(21.2)
 Divorced/separated132 082(9.6)146 002(10.2)250 895(10.8)
 Unknown26 753(2.0)19 797(1.4)22 825(1.0)
Country of birth<0.001
 Australian and New Zealand987 752(72.1)1 011 171(71.0)1 623 448(70.0)
 UK, USA and Canada72 571(5.3)74 564(5.2)116 788(5.0)
 Non-English Europe111 220(8.1)119 760(8.4)193 152(8.3)
 North Africa and Middle East47 544(3.5)54 431(3.8)90 559(3.9)
 Asia95 799(7.0)107 517(7.5)191 022(8.2)
 Others46 686(3.4)50 612(3.6)94 214(4.1)
 Unknown8733(0.6)6560(0.5)10 067(0.4)
SEIFA*<0.001
 First quartile430 045(31.4)448 612(31.5)726 292(31.3)
 Second quartile377 729(27.6)396 914(27.9)651 454(28.1)
 Third quartile324 898(23.7)337 473(23.7)550 908(23.8)
 Fourth quartile (most advantaged)217 618(15.9)227 230(16.0)375 204(16.2)
 Unknown20 015(1.5)14 386(1.0)15 392(0.7)
Residence area0.463
 Metropolitan848 279(62.8)889 977(63.1)1 464 587(63.6)
 Rural and regional478 856(35.5)496 026(35.2)799 406(34.7)
 Other areas outside New South Wales23 405(1.7)24 376(1.7)39 671(1.7)
Private health insurance0.275
 No private insurance1 044 064(78.4)972 078(76.5)1 667 897(75.3)
 Full cover133 994(10.1)135 225(10.6)249 231(11.3)
 Basic cover122 533(9.2)135 289(10.7)253 691(11.5)
 Unknown31 527(2.4)27 362(2.2)43 827(2.0)
Hospital peer group†0.007
 A659 938(48.2)691 073(48.5)1 115 410(48.1)
 B391 322(28.6)415 597(29.2)696 619(30.0)
 C224 791(16.4)224 755(15.8)367 764(15.9)
 D45 346(3.3)42 250(3.0)62 558(2.7)
 F48 908(3.6)50 940(3.6)76 899(3.3)
  • *SEIFA: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas developed by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  • †A: Principal Referral Group: Acute hospitals, treating 25 000 or more acute casemix weighted separations per annum, with an average cost weight greater than 1. B: Major hospitals: Acute hospitals, treating 10 000 or more acute casemix weighted separations per annum, but having less than 25 000 acute casemix weighted separations or an average casemix weight of less than 1; or Acute hospitals treating 10 000 or more acute casemix weighted separations per annum that are located in rural areas providing acute specialist and referral services for a catchment population from a large geographical area. C: District Group: Acute hospitals, treating 2000 or more, but less than 10 000 acute casemix weighted separations per annum. D: Hospitals treating less than 2000 acute casemix weighted separations per annum. F: All other public health facilities including the subacute and residential care facilities.