3.16 Access to after-hours primary health care

This measure reports on access to, and use of, after-hours primary health care for Indigenous Australians.

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Why is it important?

This measure reports on access to after‑hours primary health care. ‘After hours’ refers to services provided on Sundays, before 8 am and/or after 12 pm on a Saturday, or at any time other than 8 am to 6 pm on weekdays. An important component of comprehensive primary health‑care services is the capacity for patients to access services after hours. In the absence of after‑hours primary health care, patients with more urgent needs might delay seeking care (AHMAC 2017).

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Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health Survey Data
  • Medicare Data
  • National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
  • Online Services Report Data Collection


  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.