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released: 9 Jul 2014 author: AIHW

This paper describes the development, and presents the results, of an area-based index that measures access to General Practitioners relative to the need for primary health care for both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations of Australia. The Access Relative to Need index is able to explain more of the variation in health outcomes than measures of access to GPs alone. Indigenous people experience a general pattern of worsening access to GPs relative to need with increasing remoteness. A less dramatic decrease by remoteness is noted in the non-Indigenous population.

ISBN 978-1-74249-586-6; Cat. no. IHW 128; 45pp.; Internet only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Developing and validating the index
      • Findings
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Data sources
    • 2 Development of the index
      • 2.1 Background
      • 2.2 Methods
    • 3 Results
      • 3.1 Access to GPs
      • 3.2 Predicted need for primary health care
      • 3.3 ARN index
    • 4 Discussion
      • 4.1 Findings
      • 4.2 Limitations

End matter

  • Appendix A: Additional methodological information
  • Appendix B: Additional tables
  • Appendix C: AIHW data sources
  • References

Notes and corrections

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  1. (23 May 2016) Page 15 updated, first paragraph, last sentence removed 'Results at the SA1 level are available from the AIHW on request.'
    Previous version: Access to primary health care relative to need for Indigenous Australians (3.2MB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Access to primary health care relative to need for Indigenous Australians. Cat. no. IHW 128. Canberra: AIHW.

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