GP attendances  2013–14

National overview map

The following is a Google map image showing the Medicare Local catchment or Primary Health Network boundaries within Australia. Each Medicare Local catchment or Primary Health Network is coloured to reflect their performance for the selected measure and data period. The relationship between colour and value is displayed in the legend below the map.
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Local area comparisons

Results for the selected measure are displayed in the table below by local area. You can use the dropdown menus in the table below to explore the data, view earlier data periods or another local geography. You can view additional results for measures of health and care by selecting from the menu above on the right.

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

As Primary Health Networks areas are much larger in size than Medicare Local catchments (there are 31 PHNs compared to 61 Medicare Locals), the Performance Authority has not at this time allocated PHNs into peer groups given the diversity in local communities within many PHNs. The Performance Authority will be updating and publishing data by Primary Health Network (PHN) area as it becomes available.

Medicare Locals were replaced by Primary Health Networks in mid-2015. The National Health Performance Authority will be updating and publishing data by Primary Health Network as it becomes available. Medicare Local catchment data have been retained for reference purposes.

To more fairly compare health areas, Medicare Locals may be grouped into one of a number of peer groups, based on remoteness, socioeconomic status and distance to hospitals. For more information on Medicare Locals or on peer groups refer to the Glossary.

Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3) are geographic areas defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). SA3s typically have a population of between 30,000 and 130,000 people. There are more than 300 SA3s in Australia.

Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4) are geographic areas defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). SA4s typically have a population range from 100,000 to 300,000 people in regional areas, and from 300,000 to 500,000 people in metropolitan areas. There are 88 SA4s that cover the whole of Australia.

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