National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: GP attendances, 2013–14
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||GP attendances, 2013–14|
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 are 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 2013–14. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2013–14, were attributed this age. For MBS data, Primary Health Network (PHN) and SA3 were derived from the enrolment postcode for each person from the last MBS service of any type, processed by the Department of Human Services in 2013–14. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2013–14 were attributed to this postcode. MBS postcode level data were allocated to PHN and SA3 regions using concordance files provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
SA3 level data for 2013-14 are not directly comparable to previous years due to a change in method for allocating post-office box (PO box) addresses to SA3 geographies. The change in method means that data for people with a PO box postcode recorded as their residential address may be included in SA3 totals.
Individual SA3 level data has been provided for the Northern Territory for 2013-14. Previously, this data was provided at the state level only.
Numerator data - Medicare (MBS) data provided by the Department of Health for the financial year of processing, 2013–14.
Denominator data – Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2013 provided by ABS.
Presented as average 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)
GP attendances, age standardised
For more information about age-standardisation, please see:
|Numerator:||Number of non-referred (GP) attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)|
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|Disaggregation:||By Primary Health Network areas|
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|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
Data source attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Every 5 years.
Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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 and Accountability Framework|
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