Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11 - Report - Supplementary data: Use of primary health care

Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11

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Supplementary data: Use of primary health care

GP care planning1 comprises Medicare Benefits Schedule-funded care plans and case conferences, involving a GP, for a patient who has a chronic medical condition and complex care needs. In 2010–11, the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 0.35 in North Coast NSW to 0.05 in the Australian Capital Territory.

Average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
0.05 – 0.11
0.12 – 0.13
0.14 – 0.16
0.17 – 0.20
0.21 – 0.35
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average number ofGP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

3. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

4. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note: MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, to Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, to some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2010–11 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group4

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person
Metro 1 0.14
Inner West Sydney 102 0.20
Inner NW Melbourne 201 0.18
Inner East Melbourne 206 0.16
Eastern Sydney 101 0.16
Bayside 202 0.14
Northern Sydney 107 0.12
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 0.10
Australian Capital Territory 801 0.05
Metro 2 0.13
South Eastern Sydney 103 0.19
Gold Coast 303 0.18
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 0.18
South Western Melbourne 203 0.16
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 0.16
Eastern Melbourne 207 0.13
Metro North Brisbane 301 0.13
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 0.12
Fremantle 503 0.10
Perth North Metro 502 0.09
Perth Central & East Metro 501 0.09
Bentley-Armadale 504 0.08
Metro 3 0.20
South Western Sydney 104 0.23
Western Sydney 105 0.22
Northern Melbourne 205 0.21
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 0.20
Northern Adelaide 401 0.18
South Eastern Melbourne 208 0.16
West Moreton-Oxley 305 0.12
Regional 1 0.22
Central Coast NSW 109 0.29
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 0.27
Sunshine Coast 304 0.25
Hunter 111 0.23
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 0.20
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 0.14
Perth South Coastal 505 0.14
Barwon 210 0.14
Regional 2 0.18
North Coast NSW 113 0.35
Murrumbidgee 116 0.21
Hume 216 0.20
Goulburn Valley 215 0.20
Western NSW 115 0.18
Wide Bay 307 0.18
Gippsland 217 0.17
Great South Coast 212 0.17
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 0.16
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 0.16
Southern NSW 117 0.14
Country South SA 404 0.14
Tasmania 601 0.13
Grampians 211 0.12
New England 114 0.12
South West WA 506 0.12
Rural 1 0.13
Far West NSW 118 0.34
Lower Murray 213 0.18
Country North SA 405 0.14
Townsville-Mackay 310 0.12
Central Qld 308 0.10
Rural 2 0.10
Goldfields-Midwest 507 0.14
Far North Qld 311 0.11
Central & NW Qld 309 0.08
Northern Territory 701 0.08
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 0.06

Variation within Medicare Locals

This report for the first time breaks down information to the level of individual Medicare Locals. But results for some measures have been calculated for geographical areas even smaller than this, using localities referred to by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3 – see box).

The information presented on the maps shows the average number of GP attendances per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid.

GP care planning1 comprises MBS-funded care plans and case conferences, involving a GP, for patients who have chronic medical conditions and complex care needs. They enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients who require multidisciplinary, team-based care by involving multiple health care providers.

Findings

In 2010–11, the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person varied across statistical areas2, ranging from 0.59 per person to 0.02 per person.

The statistical area with the highest number of GP care plans and case conferences per person was in Port Macquarie (NSW), with an average of 0.59 attendances per person.

The statistical area with the lowest number of GP care plans and case conferences per person was in Esperance (WA), with an average of 0.02 per person.

Why use SA3s?

Providing information at more local levels of geography within a Medicare Local allows further insight into patterns of service utilisation across Australia.

Variation within Medicare Locals is shown in this report using the ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), which generally have a population of between 30,000 and 130,000 people. A single Medicare Local may contain as few as one SA3, or as many as 17. In some instances, SA3s cross over Medicare Local boundaries.

In this report these SA3s have been chosen as an appropriate level of geography to present Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) information as they are large enough in population numbers to ensure confidentiality of MBS statistics, while allowing insights into the variation that exists within each Medicare Local.

Average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2010–11

In 2010–11, the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person varied across statistical areas2, ranging from 0.59 per person to 0.02 per person.

Results for Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into 10 equal-sized groups3. The range within each of the 10 groups was:

Map of Australia showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
0.02 – 0.07
0.08 – 0.09
0.10 – 0.11
0.12 – 0.13
0.14
0.15 – 0.16
0.17 – 0.18
0.19 – 0.21
0.22 – 0.25
0.26 – 0.59
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
ABS Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) boundary

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

vii. Hobart and surrounding areas

Map of Hobart and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) have been excluded from the reported range of results where the population is less than 1000 as they may identify individual providers and their patients. Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are also excluded as the majority of primary health care services are provided by the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service.

3. 321 SA3s have been assigned to a decile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Notes:

  • MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.
  • Information for the Northern Territory has been presented at the Medicare Local level only, due to the large proportion of persons enrolled with Medicare using a non-geographic postcode.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2010–12 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

GP care planning, 2011-121 comprises Medicare Benefits Schedule-funded care plans and case conferences, involving a GP, for a patient who has a chronic medical condition and complex care needs. In 2011–12, the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 0.50 in Far West NSW to 0.06 in Kimberley-Pilbara.

Average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
0.06 – 0.14
0.15 – 0.17
0.18 – 0.19
0.20 – 0.24
0.25 – 0.50
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average number ofGP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

3. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

4. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note: MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, to Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, to some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2011–12 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group4

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person
Metro 1 0.16
Inner West Sydney 102 0.22
Inner NW Melbourne 201 0.20
Inner East Melbourne 206 0.19
Eastern Sydney 101 0.18
Bayside 202 0.15
Northern Sydney 107 0.14
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 0.12
Australian Capital Territory 801 0.07
Metro 2 0.16
Gold Coast 303 0.23
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 0.22
South Eastern Sydney 103 0.21
South Western Melbourne 203 0.19
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 0.19
Metro North Brisbane 301 0.16
Eastern Melbourne 207 0.16
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 0.16
Fremantle 503 0.11
Perth North Metro 502 0.10
Perth Central & East Metro 501 0.10
Bentley-Armadale 504 0.09
Metro 3 0.23
South Western Sydney 104 0.26
Western Sydney 105 0.25
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 0.24
Northern Melbourne 205 0.24
Northern Adelaide 401 0.22
South Eastern Melbourne 208 0.19
West Moreton-Oxley 305 0.17
Regional 1 0.26
Central Coast NSW 109 0.34
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 0.34
Sunshine Coast 304 0.31
Hunter 111 0.28
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 0.24
Barwon 210 0.18
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 0.17
Perth South Coastal 505 0.17
Regional 2 0.22
North Coast NSW 113 0.41
Murrumbidgee 116 0.26
Goulburn Valley 215 0.26
Hume 216 0.25
Western NSW 115 0.23
Wide Bay 307 0.22
Great South Coast 212 0.20
Gippsland 217 0.19
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 0.19
Southern NSW 117 0.19
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 0.18
Country South SA 404 0.17
Tasmania 601 0.16
Grampians 211 0.15
South West WA 506 0.15
New England 114 0.14
Rural 1 0.18
Far West NSW 118 0.50
Lower Murray 213 0.23
Country North SA 405 0.18
Townsville-Mackay 310 0.17
Central Qld 308 0.13
Rural 2 0.12
Goldfields-Midwest 507 0.16
Far North Qld 311 0.14
Central & NW Qld 309 0.14
Northern Territory 701 0.10
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 0.06

Variation within Medicare Locals

This report for the first time breaks down information to the level of individual Medicare Locals. But results for some measures have been calculated for geographical areas even smaller than this, using localities referred to by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3 – see box).

The information presented on the maps shows the average number of GP attendances per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid.

GP care planning1 comprises MBS-funded care plans and case conferences, involving a GP, for patients who have chronic medical conditions and complex care needs. They enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients who require multidisciplinary, team-based care by involving multiple health care providers.

Findings

In 2011–12, the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person varied across statistical areas2, ranging from 0.70 per person to 0.03 per person.

The statistical area with the highest number of GP care plans and case conferences per person was Port Macquarie (NSW), with an average of 0.70 attendances per person.

The statistical area with the lowest number of GP care plans and case conferences per person was in Esperance (WA), with an average of 0.03 per person.

Why use SA3s?

Providing information at more local levels of geography within a Medicare Local allows further insight into patterns of service utilisation across Australia.

Variation within Medicare Locals is shown in this report using the ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), which generally have a population of between 30,000 and 130,000 people. A single Medicare Local may contain as few as one SA3, or as many as 17. In some instances, SA3s cross over Medicare Local boundaries.

In this report these SA3s have been chosen as an appropriate level of geography to present Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) information as they are large enough in population numbers to ensure confidentiality of MBS statistics, while allowing insights into the variation that exists within each Medicare Local.

Average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2011–12

In 2011–12, the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person varied across statistical areas2, ranging from 0.70 per person to 0.03 per person.

Results for Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into 10 equal-sized groups3. The range within each of the 10 groups was:

Map of Australia showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
0.03 – 0.08
0.09 – 0.11
0.12 – 0.14
0.15 – 0.16
0.17 – 0.18
0.19 – 0.20
0.21 – 0.22
0.23 – 0.25
0.26 – 0.30
0.31 – 0.70
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
ABS Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) boundary

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

vii. Hobart and surrounding areas

Map of Hobart and surrounding areas showing the average number of GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) have been excluded from the reported range of results where the population is less than 1000 as they may identify individual providers and their patients. Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are also excluded as the majority of primary health care services are provided by the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service.

3. 321 SA3s have been assigned to a decile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Notes:

  • MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.
  • Information for the Northern Territory has been presented at the Medicare Local level only, due to the large proportion of persons enrolled with Medicare using a non-geographic postcode.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2010–12 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

Expenditure on GP care planning1 comprises Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) funding provided for care plans and case conferences involving a GP, across Medicare Locals. In 2010–11, the average expenditure on GP case conferences and care plans per person varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from $36.25 in Far West NSW to $5.78 in the Australian Capital Territory.

Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
$5.78 – $12.34
$12.35 – $14.42
$14.43 – $17.27
$17.28 – $20.57
$20.58 – $36.25
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2010-11

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

3. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

4. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note: MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, to Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, to some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2010–11 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group4

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person
Metro 1 $15.12
Inner West Sydney 102 $20.82
Inner NW Melbourne 201 $18.54
Inner East Melbourne 206 $16.78
Eastern Sydney 101 $16.67
Bayside 202 $14.46
Northern Sydney 107 $13.14
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 $11.05
Australian Capital Territory 801 $5.78
Metro 2 $13.77
South Eastern Sydney 103 $19.96
Gold Coast 303 $18.93
South Western Melbourne 203 $17.29
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 $17.27
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 $16.49
Eastern Melbourne 207 $13.99
Metro North Brisbane 301 $13.02
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 $12.75
Fremantle 503 $9.88
Perth North Metro 502 $9.36
Perth Central & East Metro 501 $8.95
Bentley-Armadale 504 $7.89
Metro 3 $20.75
South Western Sydney 104 $24.17
Western Sydney 105 $23.43
Northern Melbourne 205 $21.44
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 $20.34
Northern Adelaide 401 $18.75
South Eastern Melbourne 208 $16.66
West Moreton-Oxley 305 $13.14
Regional 1 $22.12
Central Coast NSW 109 $29.66
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 $27.36
Sunshine Coast 304 $25.83
Hunter 111 $23.00
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 $20.66
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 $15.26
Barwon 210 $14.41
Perth South Coastal 505 $14.17
Regional 2 $18.41
North Coast NSW 113 $34.26
Murrumbidgee 116 $22.41
Goulburn Valley 215 $20.49
Hume 216 $20.39
Western NSW 115 $19.48
Wide Bay 307 $18.61
Gippsland 217 $17.34
Great South Coast 212 $16.91
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 $16.36
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 $15.29
Southern NSW 117 $14.83
Country South SA 404 $14.68
Tasmania 601 $13.11
New England 114 $13.04
South West WA 506 $12.61
Grampians 211 $12.32
Rural 1 $13.82
Far West NSW 118 $36.25
Lower Murray 213 $18.50
Country North SA 405 $14.35
Townsville-Mackay 310 $12.37
Central Qld 308 $10.48
Rural 2 $10.44
Goldfields-Midwest 507 $14.44
Far North Qld 311 $11.81
Northern Territory 701 $8.81
Central & NW Qld 309 $8.67
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 $6.33

Variation within Medicare Locals

This report for the first time breaks down information to the level of individual Medicare Locals. But results for some measures have been calculated for geographical areas even smaller than this, using localities referred to by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3 – see box).

The information presented on the maps shows the average Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) expenditure per person on GP care plans and case conferences across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid.

Expenditure on GP care planning1 comprises MBS funding provided for care plans and case conferences involving a GP, across Medicare Locals.

Findings

In 2010–11, the average MBS expenditure per person on GP care plans and case conferences varied across statistical areas2, ranging from $55.90 to $2.41 per person.

The statistical area with the highest MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences was Port Macquarie (NSW), with an average of $55.90 per person.

The statistical area with the lowest MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences was Esperance (WA), with an average of $2.41 per person.

Why use SA3s?

Providing information at more local levels of geography within a Medicare Local allows further insight into patterns of service utilisation across Australia.

Variation within Medicare Locals is shown in this report using the ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), which generally have a population of between 30,000 and 130,000 people. A single Medicare Local may contain as few as one SA3, or as many as 17. In some instances, SA3s cross over Medicare Local boundaries.

In this report these SA3s have been chosen as an appropriate level of geography to present Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) information as they are large enough in population numbers to ensure confidentiality of MBS statistics, while allowing insights into the variation that exists within each Medicare Local.

Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2010–11

Average Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2010–11.

Results for Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into 10 equal-sized groups3. The range within each of the 10 groups was:

Map of Australia showing the Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
$2.41 – $7.55
$7.56 – $10.39
$10.40 – $12.26
$12.27 – $13.59
$13.60 – $15.54
$15.55 – $17.16
$17.17 – $19.84
$19.85 – $22.47
$22.48 – $25.78
$25.79 – $55.90
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
ABS Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) boundary

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

vii. Hobart and surrounding areas

Map of Hobart and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2010-11

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) have been excluded from the reported range of results where the population is less than 1000 as they may identify individual providers and their patients. Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are also excluded as the majority of primary health care services are provided by the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service.

3. 321 SA3s have been assigned to a decile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Notes:

  • MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.
  • Information for the Northern Territory has been presented at the Medicare Local level only, due to the large proportion of persons enrolled with Medicare using a non-geographic postcode.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2010–12 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

Expenditure on GP care planning1 comprises Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) funding provided for care plans and case conferences involving a GP, across Medicare Locals. In 2011–12, the average expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from $49.41 in Far West NSW to $6.70 in Kimberley-Pilbara.

Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
$6.70 – $15.21
$15.22 – $17.79
$17.80 – $20.56
$20.57 – $25.06
$25.07 – $49.41
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person within each medicare local catchment in 2011-12

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

3. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

4. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note: MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, to Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, to some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2011–12 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group4

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person
Metro 1 $17.44
Inner West Sydney 102 $23.53
Inner NW Melbourne 201 $21.13
Inner East Melbourne 206 $19.61
Eastern Sydney 101 $19.06
Bayside 202 $16.08
Northern Sydney 107 $15.23
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 $12.88
Australian Capital Territory 801 $8.15
Metro 2 $16.65
Gold Coast 303 $24.27
South Eastern Sydney 103 $22.39
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 $20.98
South Western Melbourne 203 $20.37
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 $19.11
Eastern Melbourne 207 $16.82
Metro North Brisbane 301 $16.48
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 $16.33
Fremantle 503 $11.06
Perth North Metro 502 $10.76
Perth Central & East Metro 501 $10.31
Bentley-Armadale 504 $9.21
Metro 3 $24.56
South Western Sydney 104 $27.86
Western Sydney 105 $26.85
Northern Melbourne 205 $24.86
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 $24.83
Northern Adelaide 401 $22.46
South Eastern Melbourne 208 $20.33
West Moreton-Oxley 305 $18.16
Regional 1 $27.18
Central Coast NSW 109 $34.30
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 $33.89
Sunshine Coast 304 $32.04
Hunter 111 $28.52
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 $25.35
Barwon 210 $19.54
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 $18.46
Perth South Coastal 505 $16.91
Regional 2 $22.42
North Coast NSW 113 $41.40
Murrumbidgee 116 $27.68
Goulburn Valley 215 $27.07
Hume 216 $25.28
Western NSW 115 $24.32
Wide Bay 307 $22.88
Great South Coast 212 $20.77
Southern NSW 117 $19.33
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 $19.21
Gippsland 217 $19.07
Country South SA 404 $17.87
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 $17.85
Tasmania 601 $16.38
South West WA 506 $15.64
Grampians 211 $15.31
New England 114 $14.71
Rural 1 $18.71
Far West NSW 118 $49.41
Lower Murray 213 $24.06
Country North SA 405 $17.75
Townsville-Mackay 310 $17.63
Central Qld 308 $14.29
Rural 2 $12.97
Goldfields-Midwest 507 $16.02
Far North Qld 311 $15.20
Northern Territory 701 $13.96
Central & NW Qld 309 $11.29
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 $6.70

Variation within Medicare Locals

This report for the first time breaks down information to the level of individual Medicare Locals. But results for some measures have been calculated for geographical areas even smaller than this, using localities referred to by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3 – see box).

The information presented on the maps shows the average Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) expenditure per person on GP care plans and case conferences across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid.

Expenditure on GP care planning1 comprises MBS funding provided for care plans and case conferences involving a GP, across Medicare Locals.

Findings

In 2011–12, the average MBS expenditure per person on GP care plans and case conferences varied across statistical areas2, ranging from $66.99 to $3.31 per person.

The statistical area with the highest MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences was Port Macquarie (NSW), with an average of $66.99 per person.

The statistical area with the lowest MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences was Esperance (WA), with an average of $3.31 per person.

Why use SA3s?

Providing information at more local levels of geography within a Medicare Local allows further insight into patterns of service utilisation across Australia.

Variation within Medicare Locals is shown in this report using the ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3), which generally have a population of between 30,000 and 130,000 people. A single Medicare Local may contain as few as one SA3, or as many as 17. In some instances, SA3s cross over Medicare Local boundaries.

In this report these SA3s have been chosen as an appropriate level of geography to present Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) information as they are large enough in population numbers to ensure confidentiality of MBS statistics, while allowing insights into the variation that exists within each Medicare Local.

Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2011–12

Average Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person, 2011–12.

Results for Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into 10 equal-sized groups3. The range within each of the 10 groups was:

Map of Australia showing the Average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
$3.31 – $9.57
$9.58 – $12.88
$12.89 – $14.84
$14.85 – $16.77
$16.78 – $19.01
$19.02 – $20.64
$20.65 – $23.88
$23.89 – $26.92
$26.93 – $31.26
$31.27 – $66.99
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
ABS Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) boundary

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

vii. Hobart and surrounding areas

Map of Hobart and surrounding areas showing the average MBS expenditure on GP care plans and case conferences per person across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011-12

1. For more information on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) see Technical Supplement.

2. ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) have been excluded from the reported range of results where the population is less than 1000 as they may identify individual providers and their patients. Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are also excluded as the majority of primary health care services are provided by the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service.

3. 321 SA3s have been assigned to a decile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Notes:

  • MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, Department of Veterans' Affairs beneficiaries, some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.
  • Information for the Northern Territory has been presented at the Medicare Local level only, due to the large proportion of persons enrolled with Medicare using a non-geographic postcode.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2010–12 and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2011.

Among all adults who saw a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months:

In 2010–11, the percentage who said they visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 5% to 18%.

Percentage of adults who who visited a GP more than 12 times, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
5 – 8%
9%
10 – 11%
12 – 13%
14 – 18%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Greater Pefarth showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who who visited a GP more than 12 times (%)
Metro 1 7%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 12%
Inner West Sydney 102 10%
Eastern Sydney 101 9%
Northern Sydney 107 9%
Australian Capital Territory 801 9%
Inner East Melbourne 206 9%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 7%
Bayside# 202 5%
Metro 2 8%
Gold Coast# 303 13%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 12%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 11%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 11%
Eastern Melbourne 207 10%
Fremantle 503 10%
Bentley-Armadale 504 10%
Metro North Brisbane 301 10%
Perth North Metro 502 9%
South Eastern Sydney 103 8%
Perth Central & East Metro# 501 6%
South Western Melbourne# 203 6%
Metro 3 11%
West Moreton-Oxley# 305 18%
South Western Sydney 104 15%
Northern Adelaide 401 14%
Western Sydney 105 13%
Northern Melbourne 205 13%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 13%
South Eastern Melbourne# 208 9%
Regional 1 9%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 13%
Central Coast NSW 109 13%
Perth South Coastal 505 11%
Sunshine Coast 304 11%
Barwon 210 10%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 10%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 9%
Hunter# 111 9%
Regional 2 9%
Grampians 211 14%
North Coast NSW 113 14%
Goulburn Valley 215 14%
Country South SA 404 13%
Tasmania 601 13%
Wide Bay 307 12%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 12%
Hume 216 11%
Gippsland 217 11%
Southern NSW 117 10%
Western NSW 115 10%
South West WA 506 9%
Murrumbidgee 116 9%
New England 114 8%
Darling Downs-SW Qld# 306 8%
Great South Coast 212 NP
Rural 1 12%
Country North SA 405 16%
Central Qld 308 14%
Townsville-Mackay 310 14%
Far West NSW 118 11%
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 7%
Far North Qld 311 11%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 9%
Northern Territory 701 9%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

Among all adults who saw a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months:

In 2010–11, the percentage who said they visited a GP for urgent care in the preceding 12 months varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 7% to 27%.

Percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
7 – 15%
16 – 17%
18 – 19%
20 – 21%
22 – 27%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who visited a GP for urgent care more than 12 times in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Note:The term urgent was left to the respondents interpretation. Discretionary interviewer advice was to include health issues that arose suddenly and were serious, for example, fever, headache, vomiting, unexplained rash; but that seeing a GP to get a medical certificate for work for a less serious illness would not be considered urgent.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who visited a GP for urgent care (%)
Metro 1 17%
Australian Capital Territory # 801 21%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 17%
Inner East Melbourne 206 17%
Eastern Sydney 101 17%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 17%
Bayside 202 17%
Northern Sydney 107 15%
Inner West Sydney 102 14%
Metro 2 18%
Greater Metro South Brisbane # 302 22%
Gold Coast 303 21%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 20%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 20%
Bentley-Armadale 504 18%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 18%
Metro North Brisbane 301 18%
Fremantle 503 17%
South Western Melbourne 203 17%
Perth North Metro 502 16%
Eastern Melbourne 207 15%
South Eastern Sydney # 103 13%
Metro 3 17%
Northern Adelaide # 401 23%
Northern Melbourne 205 20%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 20%
Western Sydney 105 18%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 17%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 15%
South Western Sydney # 104 13%
Regional 1 18%
Central Coast NSW 109 22%
Sunshine Coast 304 20%
Hunter 111 18%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 18%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 18%
Perth South Coastal 505 17%
Barwon 210 17%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 16%
Regional 2 21%
Country South SA 404 27%
Murrumbidgee 116 23%
North Coast NSW 113 23%
Southern NSW 117 22%
Western NSW 115 22%
Tasmania 601 21%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 21%
Grampians 211 21%
Gippsland 217 20%
South West WA 506 19%
New England 114 18%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 15%
Hume# 216 13%
Great South Coast 212 NP
Goulburn Valley 215 NP
Wide Bay 307 NP
Rural 1 21%
Country North SA 405 23%
Townsville-Mackay 310 23%
Central Qld 308 21%
Far West NSW # 118 7%
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 19%
Far North Qld 311 20%
Northern Territory 701 17%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 15%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

Among all adults who saw a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months:

In 2010–11, the percentage who thought their care could have been provided by a GP on the most recent occasion in the preceding 12 months varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 5% to 24%.

Percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
5 – 10%
11 – 14%
15 – 16%
17 – 21%
22 – 24%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an EDs in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who thought their care could have been provided by a GP instead of an ED (%)
Metro 1 16%
Australian Capital Territory 801 20%
Inner West Sydney 102 12%
Inner East Melbourne 206 8%
Eastern Sydney 101 NP
Northern Sydney 107 NP
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 NP
Inner NW Melbourne 201 NP
Bayside 202 NP
Metro 2 17%
Bentley-Armadale 504 23%
Metro North Brisbane 301 21%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 20%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 18%
Perth North Metro 502 18%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 16%
Gold Coast# 303 10%
South Eastern Sydney 103 10%
South Western Melbourne 203 NP
Eastern Melbourne 207 NP
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 NP
Fremantle 503 NP
Metro 3 18%
Northern Melbourne 205 16%
Northern Adelaide 401 14%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 11%
South Western Sydney 104 NP
Western Sydney 105 NP
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 NP
West Moreton-Oxley 305 NP
Regional 1 20%
Hunter 111 24%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula# 209 5%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 NP
Central Coast NSW 109 NP
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 NP
Barwon 210 NP
Sunshine Coast 304 NP
Perth South Coastal 505 NP
Regional 2 29%
Tasmania 601 23%
North Coast NSW 113 NP
New England 114 NP
Western NSW 115 NP
Murrumbidgee 116 NP
Southern NSW 117 NP
Grampians 211 NP
Great South Coast 212 NP
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 NP
Goulburn Valley 215 NP
Hume 216 NP
Gippsland 217 NP
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 NP
Wide Bay 307 NP
Country South SA 404 NP
South West WA 506 NP
Rural 1 19%
Townsville-Mackay 310 14%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Central Qld 308 NP
Country North SA 405 NP
Rural 2 25%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Far North Qld 311 NP
Goldfields-Midwest 507 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP
Northern Territory 701 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

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