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Healthy Communities: GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009–2013 - Technical Supplement - Summary

Healthy Communities: GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009–2013


The National Health Performance Authority (the Authority) publishes two streams of reports: Healthy Communities and Hospital Performance reports. The Authority bases its performance reports on a set of indicators agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

This Technical Supplement summarises the methods used to calculate descriptive statistics and performance indicators presented in Healthy Communities: GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009–2013. It is assumed that readers have technical expertise in the creation and use of health information.

Healthy Communities: GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009–2013 publishes statistics about primary health care provided to people attending general practices in Australia for the 61 Medicare Local catchments across Australia and seven clusters of Medicare Local catchments called peer groups. A range of measures are reported on the health status of people who see general practitioners (GPs) and the care provided to patients with select chronic health conditions.

This is the first report from the Authority that presents survey data from GPs at the local level from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program conducted by the Family Medicine Research Centre at the University of Sydney. The report compares results for each Medicare Local catchment with the results for Medicare Local catchments that have similar geographic and socioeconomic circumstances.

This Technical Supplement is organised into three parts. The first summarises the content of the report including the list of measures and the geography at which results are presented. The second provides information about the data source and the methods used by the Authority to determine the representativeness of the participating GPs and patients. It also describes the limitations of the data and what to consider when interpreting the results. The third outlines how data are mapped to report results by Medicare Local catchment. All data have been aggregated to geographic areas using protocols that respect confidentiality.