National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: GP attendances, 2012–13
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||GP attendances, 2012–13|
The average number of GP attendances per person in a year.
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011–|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age to:||All ages|
GP attendances are Medicare benefit-funded patient/doctor encounters, such as visits and consultations, for which the patient has not been referred by another doctor. GP attendances exclude services provided by practice nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners on a GP’s behalf.
In terms of “Broad Type of Service’ Groups, GP attendances comprise all items in Broad Type of Service Group ‘A’ – GP/VRGP non-referred attendances, ‘M’ - Enhanced Primary Care and ‘B’ Non-referred other attendances as published in official MBS statistics by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health.
Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population. In undertaking age standardisation of MBS data, the age of each person was determined from the last MBS service of any type, processed by the Department of Human Services in 2012–13. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2012–13, were attributed to the age in question. For MBS data, Medicare Local and SA3 were determined having regard to the enrolment postcode for each person from the last MBS service of any type, processed by the Department of Human Services in 2012–13. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2012–13, were attributed to the postcode in question. MBS postcode level data were allocated to Medicare Local and SA3 regions using concordance files provided by ABS. Numerator based on Medicare (MBS) data provided by the Department of Health for the financial year of processing, 2012–13.
Denominator data – Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2012 provided by ABS.
Presented per person.
Before MBS data are published by NHPA all confidential data cells are suppressed.
The current definition of confidential data is as follows:
(Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Medicare Benefits Scheme data
GP attendances, age standardised
GP attendances variation within Medicare Locals
GP attendances variation within Medicare Locals, age standardised
|Numerator:||Number of non-referred (GP) attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)|
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|Disaggregation:||By Medicare Local catchments, Medicare Local peer groups and SA3|
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|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
Data source attributes
ABS Estimated resident population (total population)
ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS
Australian Bureau of Statistics
ABS 2011 Census of Population and Housing
Every 5 years.
Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Medicare (MBS) data
Department of Health
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Department of Health|
|Accountability:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Further data development / collection required:||Specification: Long-term|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
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Has been superseded by National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: GP attendances, 2013–14
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