Overview

Primary care is the first contact a person has with the health system. It is often synonymous with general practice, however the sector covers a range of public, private and non-government health services and health service providers. These include services such as nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, dentistry, Aboriginal health services and allied health. Primary care may be delivered in a range of settings, including aged care, disability care and the community.

Primary care is a subset of primary health care that describes the first point of contact an individual has with the health system, and relates to the treatment of non-admitted patients in the community.

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The percentage of people who received a Medicare-subsidised specialist service ranged from 14% to 40% across PHNs

The percentage of people who received a Medicare-subsidised GP service ranged from 77% to 98% across PHNs

Regular clients who had type 2 diabetes and a HbA1c result recorded in the previous 12 months decreased 2.3% from 2021

As of July 2022, over 5,600 general practices around Australia contributed to the aggregate PIPQI data on 10 measures

73% of regular clients who had type 2 diabetes had a HbA1c result recorded in the previous 12 months in their GP record

For the first time over 5,700 general practices around Australia contributed to this new data collection on 10 measures