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Media coverage

We issued 36 media releases in 2018–19, similar to 2017–18. Media coverage increased steadily over this period due to several high-profile releases, including reports on patients' out-of-pocket costs and family and domestic violence. The inclusion of regional-level data in some publications also contributed to increased coverage by local media outlets.

Compared with 2017–18, our coverage increased most notably in 2018–19 for online reporting (up 27.6%) and television (up 19.8%). Radio coverage also saw an increase of 10.4%, while print coverage dropped by 16.7%. Table 3.4 shows the trend of media mentions from 2014–15 to 2018–19. Table 3.5 shows the top 10 products for total media mentions.

Table 3.4: Media coverage and media releases, 2014–15 to 2018–19

Media type

2014–15

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

2018–19

Change (%) 2017–18 to 2018–19

Online

1,650

1,496

1,822

1,645

2,222

▲ 35.1

Print

426

798

1,694

1,923

1,695

▼ 11.9

Radio

1,826

1,106

1,617

1,629

1,904

▲ 16.9

Television

230

129

221

273

346

▲ 26.7

Total

4,132

3,529

5,354

5,470

6,167

▲ 12.7

Media releases

82

57

35

37

36

▼ 2.7

Table 3.5: Top 10 products for media coverage, 2018–19

Rank

Title

Media mentions

1

MyHealthyCommunities: Patients' out-of-pocket spending on Medicare services 2016–17

259

2

Elective surgery waiting times 2017–18—Australian hospital statistics

137

3

Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story 2019—in brief

117

4

Opioid harm in Australia: and comparisons between Australia and Canada

115

5

Pedal cyclist deaths and hospitalisations, 1999–00 to 2015–16

97

6

Couch surfers: a profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients

83

7

Health expenditure Australia 2016–17

70

8

Nutrition across the life stages

70

9

Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services: 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016

67

10

Palliative care services in Australia—tranche 1, 2019

67