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Primary health care in Australia 

Primary health care is the entry level to the health system and, as such, is usually a person’s first encounter with the health system. It includes a broad range of activities and services, from health promotion and prevention, to treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions. This report includes sources of Primary Health Network (PHN) data, expenditure, delivery of primary health care services including the scope and patient experience. 

Latest reports

MyHealthyCommunities: Child and maternal health in 2014–2016 

Four key maternal and child health indicators have been updated in this release — smoking during pregnancy, child and infant mortality, low birthweight babies, and antenatal visits in the first trimester of pregnancy. Indicators are reported nationally, by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and by smaller local areas.

MyHealthyCommunities: Patients' out-of-pocket spending on Medicare services 2016–17 

This new MyHealthyCommunities report shows variation in the total out-of-pocket costs that patients face in a year for Medicare services delivered outside of the hospital. It shines a spotlight on the costs patients pay for specialist, GP, diagnostic imaging and obstetric services.

It includes a new interactive web tool that shows how your local area (SA3) compares with other similar local areas.

MyHealthyCommunities: Patient experiences in Australia in 2016–17 

Australian adults report their experiences on more than 20 aspects of health and care in the latest web update. Information from 2013–2014 to 2016–2017 is presented by Primary Health Network areas across Australia, covering topics including self-reported health status, use of health services and cost barriers to accessing services.

MyHealthyCommunities: Coordination of health care – experiences with GP care among patients aged 45 and over 2016 

Shedding light on patient experiences with health care is becoming increasingly important as health systems strive to be more responsive to the needs of the people using their services. This report presents the first findings from the 2016 ABS Survey of Health Care at the Primary Health Network (PHN) area level, as well as variations in the use of and experiences with GP care by sociodemographic groups. It shows that the majority (98%) of patients have a usual GP or place of care and that 80% of patients have both a usual GP and place of care. Nationally, more than 8 in 10 patients (84%) felt that the quality of care they received from their usual GP or others in their usual place of care in the previous 12 months was excellent or very good; this ranged from 71% to 87% across PHN areas.

MyHealthyCommunities: Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016 

This MyHealthyCommunities report presents information on life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths in 2014–2016 across Australia, by Primary Health Network and smaller local areas (SA3). 

Life expectancy at birth is the number of years a person is expected to live at the time they are born. It is a broad measure of population health. Potentially avoidable deaths are deaths below the age of 75 from conditions that are potentially preventable through primary or hospital care. Rates of potentially avoidable deaths per head of population can be a useful indicator of how well health systems are performing.

MyHealthyCommunities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia 2014–15 

This MyHealthyCommunities release provides information from 2014–15 on the daily tobacco smoking rates across Australia. Results are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas.

It includes an interactive web tool that can be used to show how your local PHN area compares with the national average and allows comparisons between PHN areas.

Update: Age-standardised rates have been added to existing data to enable fairer comparisons across PHNs that have different age structures.

MyHealthyCommunities: MBS GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2016-17 

New data in this MyHealthyCommunities web update provides local-level information for 15 measures of health care use across Australia for 2016−17. Results are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and smaller local areas called Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3).

These measures include the number of GP, after-hours GP, specialist and aged-care home attendances per person. They also include the percentage of bulk-billed GP attendances, the percentage of people in local areas who did not claim a GP attendance within the year, and expenditure by Medicare on GP attendances and specialist attendances. Age and sex disaggregated data is also available for the number of GP, after-hours GP and specialist attendances per person in the accompanying excel file.

MyHealthyCommunities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia 2014–15 

This MyHealthyCommunities release provides information from 2014–15 on overweight and obesity rates across Australia. Results are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas.

It includes an interactive web tool that can be used to show how your local PHN area compares with the national average and allows comparisons between PHN areas.

Update: Age-standardised rates have been added to existing data to enable fairer comparisons across PHNs that have different age structures.

MyHealthyCommunities: Health risk factors in 2014–15 

This MyHealthyCommunities release provides information from 2014–15 on a selection of health risk factors including risky alcohol consumption, insufficient physical activity and high blood pressure. Information is presented by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia.

It includes an interactive web tool that can be used to show how your local PHN area compares with the national average and allows comparisons between PHN areas.

Update: Age-standardised rates have been added to existing data to enable fairer comparisons across PHNs that have different age structures.

MyHealthyCommunities: Participation in national cancer screening programs in 2015–2016 

This MyHealthyCommunities release report on participation in screening programs can detect early signs of cancer, reducing an individual’s risk and the overall burden of cancer in Australia. Participation rates in national bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening programs are presented by the 31 Primary Health Network areas and for more than 300 smaller local areas (SA2s) across Australia.      

MyHealthyCommunities: Child and maternal health in 2013–2015 

This MyHealthyCommunities release report, Child and maternal health 2013–2015, presents findings on four indicators measuring the health of babies and their mothers: infant and young child deaths, the rate of low birthweight babies, mothers smoking during pregnancy, and antenatal care visits during the first trimester of pregnancy.  

The report shows that despite generally positive results across these indicators nationally, these positive trends are not seen equally across Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas. 

MyHealthyCommunities: Health risk factors in 2014–15 

New data in this MyHealthyCommunities release provides information from 2014–15 on a selection of health risk factors including risky alcohol consumption, insufficient physical activity and high blood pressure. Information is presented by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia.

Includes an interactive web tool that shows how your local area compares with the national average and allows comparison between each area.