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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.
Primary health care is often the first point of contact individuals have with the health system and encompasses a broad range of professions and services. Some of these include:
A general practitioner (GP) is likely the first point of contact for personal health and is important in the coordination of care of patients and referral to other health care services. A GP cares for patients in a whole of person approach, in the context of their work, family and community.
Although primary health care is an important component of Australia’s health care system, the availability of primary health care data remains limited.
The AIHW is leading data and reporting improvement in the primary health care sector through various initiatives – see Data development section for more information.
Contact information: AIHW Primary Health Care Data Development Unit
Email: [email protected]
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01 Dec 2022
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20 Sep 2022
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27 Aug 2021
Around 9 in 10 Australians saw a GP in 2021–22
The percentage of people who received a Medicare-subsidised GP service ranged from 77% to 98% across PHNs
As of July 2022, over 5,600 general practices around Australia contributed to the aggregate PIPQI data on 10 measures
Regular clients who had type 2 diabetes and a HbA1c result recorded in the previous 12 months decreased 2.3% from 2021
For the first time over 5,700 general practices around Australia contributed to this new data collection on 10 measures
49% of 45-74 years old regular clients with no CVD had 4 risk factors recorded in GP record to allow CVD risk assessment
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