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In Australia, primary health care is usually a person’s first encounter with the health system when they have a health concern. Primary health care broadly encompasses health care that is not related to a hospital visit.
8 in 10
Australian men visited a GP in the past 12 months
Using the ABS Patient Experience Survey, in 2018–19, 78% of males aged 15 and over visited their general practitioner (GP) in the last 12 months (ABS 2019).
Barriers to accessing health services may impede the best possible health outcomes for men. In 2018–19, among males aged 15 and over (ABS 2019):
Nearly 1 in 10
Australian men in 2013–14 (8%) were unable to access health care when needed in the last 12 months
The Ten to Men Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health also captures self-reported information on the primary health care habits of Australia’s men (Schlichthorst et al. 2016).
According to this study, the proportion of men (aged 18 and over) visiting a GP varied by age and health status. In 2013–14 (Schlichthorst et al. 2016):
Nearly 1 in 5
Australian men aged 45 and over spoke to their GP about their emotional and psychological health in 2014–15
Using data from the Survey of Health Care 2016, of Australian men aged 45 and over who had at least one GP visit in the 12 months between November 2014 and November 2015 (ABS 2017):
For more information see: Primary health care.
ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2017. Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016. ABS cat. no. 4343.0. Canberra: ABS.
ABS 2018. Patient Experiences in Australia: Summary of findings, 2017–18. ABS cat. no. 4839.0. Canberra: ABS.
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AIHW 2019b. Admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 90. Cat. no. HSE 225. Canberra: AIHW.
Department of Health 2019. Annual Medicare Statistics – Financial Year 1984–85 to 2018–19. Canberra: Department of Health.
Schlichthorst M, Sanci LA, Pirkis J, Spittal MJ and Hocking JS 2016. Why do men go to the doctor? Socio-demographic and lifestyle factors associated with healthcare utilisation among a cohort of Australian men. BMC Health 16(3):81-90.
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