National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours GP attendances, 2013–14
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||After-hours GP attendances, 2013–14|
|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 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)
After-hours GP attendances 2013–14
After-hours GP attendances, age standardised 2013–14
For more information about age-standardisation, please see:
|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 2013|
|Denominator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||By Primary Health Network areas|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|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
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
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