Primary Health Network (PHN) comparisons

Explore the data in the visualisation below.

Geographic information

This analysis is based on the postcode of the patient’s given mailing address. As a result, the data may not always reflect where the person actually lived – particularly for people who use PO boxes. This is likely to impact some areas more than others and will also have a generally greater impact on the accuracy of smaller geographic areas.

Latest data

In 2021–‍22:

  • Western NSW had the highest uptake of health checks, at 34% (13,300 patients).
  • Northern Sydney had the lowest uptake of health checks, at 5.3% (238 patients).

By age

In 2021–‍22:

  • People aged 55 and over were the age group with the highest uptake of health checks in every PHN.
  • Tasmania had the widest range in uptake across age groups, with 7.8% among 5–‍14-‍year-‍olds and 29% among those aged 55 and over.

Between 2016–‍17 and 2021–‍22:

  • In around three-quarters of PHNs (24 out of 31), the proportion of people receiving a health check was lower in 2021–‍22 compared with 2016–‍17, after an initial rise in uptake.
  • Western Sydney had the largest percentage-point increase in health check uptake, rising from 9.4% in 2016­–‍17 to 22% by 2021–‍22 (2,100 patients to 3,800 in respective years).
  • Western Queensland had the largest percentage-point decrease in health check uptake, falling from 42% in 2017–‍18 to 22% in 2021–‍22 (5,400 patients to 3,400 in respective years).

Figure 3: Use of First Nations health checks, by Primary Health Network (PHN), by age group, 2016–‍17 to 2021–‍22

A set of interactive graphs over 5 tabs. Refer to table HC03 in data tables. A long description is available below.