The MyHealthyCommunities website is closing on 30 June 2019

Don’t worry – you can still find the latest information about your local area on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW)External link, opens in a new window.[https://aihw.gov.au] website, along with many more reports and data on a range of health and welfare topics.

Visit the Healthy community indicatorsExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/indicators/healthy-community-indicators] page to use the new interactive tool to explore health topics including health risk factors, cancer, expenditure, and different population groups in your Primary Health Network (PHN) area.

In some cases, the way you find information has changed. If you need help finding anything, please contactExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.aihw.gov.au/contact-us] the AIHW.

Once the MyHealthyCommunities website closes, you will be able to access an archived version through TroveExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://trove.nla.gov.au/], the National Library of Australia’sExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.nla.gov.au/] web archive. Please note the interactive content will not work in the archived version.

Web update: Australians’ experiences with access to health care in 2013–14 - Web update

Web update: Australians’ experiences with access to health care in 2013–14

Data revision

Note: Since publication in October 2015, figures have been revised. Please see the Web update: Patient experiences in Australia in 2015–16 which includes 2013–14 results.

Overview

Information is available for 14 self-reported measures of health and care across Australia by Primary Health Network (PHN) area for 2013–14.

These measures include waiting times for GP appointments, visits to hospital emergency departments, seeing a GP after hours, cost barriers to GP care, and more. The findings are based on a local-level breakdown of results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Patient Experience Survey 2013–14.

The data reveal in 2013–14:

  • The percentage of adults who felt they waited longer than was acceptable for a GP appointment ranged from 15% in Gold Coast (Qld) to 38% in Western NSW PHN area
  • The percentage of adults who said they needed to see a GP but did not ranged from 10% in Northern Sydney to 24% in Western NSW PHN area
  • The percentage of adults who said they delayed seeing a GP due to cost varied from 2% in Central and Eastern Sydney to 9% in Murray (Vic, NSW) PHN area
  • The percentage of adults who said they delayed filling or did not fill a prescription for medication due to cost ranged from 4% in Northern Sydney and Country WA to 13% in Darling Downs and West Moreton (Qld) PHN area
  • The percentage of adults who said they saw a medical specialist ranged from 28% in Country WA to 41% in Northern Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW) PHN areas.

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In 2013–14 in some parts of Australia nearly 10% of people delayed or avoided seeing a GP due to cost.