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Once the MyHealthyCommunities website closes, you will be able to access an archived version through TroveExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://trove.nla.gov.au/], the National Library of Australia’sExternal link, opens in a new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.

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

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

Overview

The first Healthy Communities report from the National Health Performance Authority suggests that where Australians live has a noticeable impact on whether they will get care when they need it, within acceptable waiting times, and at a price they can afford. But the results show no one area does consistently well or poorly across all measures.

The report was the first to enable Australians to see data about patient experiences and GP visits expressed at a local level.

The report finds:

  • The percentage of Australians who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get a GP appointment was three times higher in some areas compared to others (28% compared to 8%)
  • The percentage of Australians who rated their health as fair or poor was twice as high in some areas compared to other areas (19% compared to 9%)
  • The number of visits to a GP per person was three times higher in some areas compared to other areas (7.3 visits per person compared to 2.3 visits).

Data revision

Note: Since publication in March 2013, figures relating to the MBS statistics in this report have been revised. Please see the Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2015–16 which includes 2010–11 results.