Specialists generally only see their patients after receiving a ‘referral’ from a primary health care practitioner. They provide diagnostic and treatment services in a specific area of medicine, generally for a particular disease or body system. This is distinct from other practitioners, such as specialists in General Practice or allied health professionals, where a referral is not usually required.

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People in metropolitan PHN areas had a higher number of GP services on average compared with regional areas

The percentage of people who saw a GP was higher in regional PHN areas (87%) compared with metropolitan areas (84%)

Total specialist attendances differed across regional and metropolitan PHN areas, from 96 to 106 per 100 people

About one in 20 people attended an allied health service for mental health care in metropolitan and regional PHN areas