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released: 17 Jan 2007 author: Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, Pan Y, Valenti L, Henderson J, Bayram C, O'Halloran J & Knox S media release

This publication is the 19th in the General Practice Series produced by the Australian General Practice Statistics and Classification Centre, a collaborating unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the University of Sydney. It reports the results of the eighth year of the BEACH program, April 2005 to March 2006. Data reported by 1,017 general practitioners on 101,700 GP-patient encounters are used to describe aspects of general practice in Australia: the general practitioners and their patients; the problems managed and the treatments provided. The contribution of practice nurses to the GP-patient encounters, in terms of their clinical activities, the problems they assist with and the Medicare items claimed, are described for the first time in this report. Information on body weight to height ratio, smoking status and alcohol use of a subsample of patients is also provided. Changes that have occurred since 1999-00 are investigated. Data for each of the last 5 years of BEACH are summarised in the appendixes to this report.

ISSN 1442 3022; ISBN 978 1 74024 641 5; Cat. no. GEP 19; 200pp.; OUT OF PRINT

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General practice activity in Australia 2005-06

General practice series no. 19


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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (93K PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgments
    • Contents
    • Executive summary
  • Sections
    1. Overview (361K PDF)
      • Background
      • The BEACH program
      • BEACH data and other national data sources
      • Future options for national representative data collection from general practice
    2. Annual results BEACH 2005-06
      • The sample
      • The general practitioners
      • The encounters
      • The patients
      • Problems managed
      • Overview of management
      • Medications
      • Other treatments
      • Referrals and admissions
      • Investigations
      • Practice nurse activity
      • Patient risk factors
    3. Summary of changes from 1999-00 to 2005-06 (231K PDF)
      • Characteristics of the GPs
      • Encounter type
      • Characteristics of the patients at encounters
      • Patient reasons for encounter
      • Problems managed
      • Overview of management
      • Medications
      • Other treatments
      • Referrals
      • Test ordering
      • Patient risk behaviours
    4. Discussion
      • The GPs
      • Practice nurses
      • The encounters
      • The patients
      • Problems managed at encounter
      • Medications
      • Clinical treatments
      • Tests and investigations
      • Referrals
      • Conclusion
    5. Methods
      • Sampling methods
      • Recruitment methods
      • Data elements
      • Changes to data elements and reporting methods in 2005-06
      • Supplementary Analysis of Nominated Data (SAND)
      • The BEACH relational database
      • Statistical methods
      • Classification of data
      • Patient risk factor methods
      • Quality assurance
      • Methodological issues
      • Other BEACH applications
  • End matter (87K PDF)
    • Reference list
    • Glossary
    • Abbreviations
    • Appendices (499K PDF) 1
      1. Example of a 2005-06 recording form
      2. GP characteristics questionnaire 2005-06
      3. Dissemination of results from the BEACH program
      4. Summary of annual results 2001-02 to 2005-06
      5. Code groups from ICPC-2 and ICPC-2 PLUS
      6. Chronic code groups from ICPC-2 and ICPC-2 PLUS
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Additional material

Appendices 5-6 (173K PDF) 1

  1. Code groups from ICPC-2 and ICPC-2 PLUS
  2. Chronic code groups from ICPC-2 and ICPC-2 PLUS

Notes and corrections

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  1. Appendices 5-6 were not available as part of the printed copy. (17 January 2007)

Recommended citation

Britt H, Miller GC, Charles J, Pan Y, Valenti L, Henderson J, Bayram C, O'Halloran J & Knox S 2007. General practice activity in Australia 2005-06. General practice series 19. Cat. no. GEP 19. Canberra: AIHW.

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