National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours GP attendances, 2012–13
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||After-hours GP attendances, 2012–13|
|Description:||The number of after-hours GP-attendances per person per 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 from:||All Ages|
GP after-hours attendances are Medicare benefit-funded after-hours patient/doctor encounters, such as visits and consultations, for which the patient has not been referred by another doctor. They include urgent and non-urgent non-referred attendances.
Relevant non-referred Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items used in this indicator are:
For urgent attendances after hours, all items in MBS Group A11 (Urgent attendance after hours).
For non-urgent attendances after hours, all items in MBS Groups A22 (General practitioner attendances to which no other item apples) and A23 (other non-referred after hours attendances to which no other item applies).
Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.
Total services (attendances/visits – source MBS claims data).
Total Estimated Resident Population (ERP) as supplied by the ABS.
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 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)
Number of after-hours GP attendances per person (crude and age-standardised)
After-hours GP attendances 2012–13
After-hours GP attendances, age standardised 2012–13
After-hours GP attendances variation within Medicare Locals 2012–13
After-hours GP attendances variation within Medicare Locals, age standardised 2012–13
|Numerator:||Number of after-hours GP attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule.|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 30 June 2012|
|Denominator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||By Medicare Local catchments, Medicare Local peer groups and Statistical Area 3 (SA3)|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|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
Medicare (MBS) data
Department of Health
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
For MBS data Department of Health.
For ERP data Australian Bureau of Statistics.
|Accountability:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Further data development / collection required:||Specification: Long-term|
Source and reference attributes
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
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Has been superseded by National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours GP attendances, 2013–14
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