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National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours GP attendances, 2012–13

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termAfter-hours GP attendances, 2012–13
METeOR identifier:Help on this term547176
Registration status:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Description:Help on this termThe number of after-hours GP-attendances per person per year.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011– National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this termAll Ages
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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:

  • For number of MBS services:
    • if number of services is less than 6 or
    • if number of services is equal to or greater than 6 but
      • one provider provides more than 85% of services or two providers provide more than 90% of services or
      • one patient receives more than 85% of services or two patients receive more than 90% of services.
  • If data on number of services is confidential, corresponding data on other measures such as MBS benefit paid is also regarded as confidential.

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(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:Help on this termNumber of after-hours GP attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—General Practitioner MBS out of hours health assessment indicator, yes/no code N
Data Source
Medicare (MBS) data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data.
A count of Yes's is used for the numerator.
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
Medicare (MBS) data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetAddress—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}
Data Source
Medicare (MBS) data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Help on this termTotal estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 30 June 2012
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—estimated resident population of Australia, total people N[N(7)]
Data Source
ABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Guide for use
Data source type: Census based plus administrative by-product data
Disaggregation:Help on this termBy Medicare Local catchments, Medicare Local peer groups and Statistical Area 3 (SA3)
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetAdministrative health region—Medicare Local identifier, code AANNN
Data Element / Data SetAdministrative health region—Medicare Local peer group, code N
Data Element / Data SetAddress—statistical area, level 3 (SA3) code (ASGS 2011) NNNNN

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termRate
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termNNNN.N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termPAF-Equity of access

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceMedicare (MBS) data
Frequency
Annually
Data custodian

Department of Health



Data SourceABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Frequency
Quarterly
Quality statement
ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

For MBS data Department of Health.

For ERP data Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Accountability:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority
Further data development / collection required:Help on this termSpecification: Long-term

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNHPA
Origin:Help on this termHealthy Communities
Reference documents:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours GP attendances, 2013–14 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

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