Primary care is often the first contact a person has with the health system and can be delivered in a range of settings, by a range of providers.

It may be provided by general practitioners (GPs) within general practice or in an aged care or community setting, by public or private service providers. Nursing care, midwifery, pharmacy, dentistry, Aboriginal health services, and allied health care are also examples of primary care services.

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After-hours GP attendance use was higher in metropolitan PHN areas (20% of people) than regional areas (9.3%) in 2022–23

In 2022–23 there were over 4.8 million GP attendances to residential aged care settings (17 per patient)

The proportion of people who received a Medicare-subsidised specialist attendance ranged from 14% to 41% across PHNs

Over 5,531 practices across Australia contributed to this data, with 95.2% using clinical software from 2 providers

71.6% of regular clients with type 2 diabetes had an HbA1c result recorded in the previous 12 months

59% of regular clients aged 65 years and over had an influenza vaccination recorded in their GP records