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Definition

Length of time a person needs to wait to see a GP for an urgent appointment.

Indicator Summary

Numerator
Number of persons who reported seeing a GP (for urgent medical care for their own health) within specified waiting time categories.
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Denominator
Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health) in the last 12 months.
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Computation

The interpretation of ‘urgent medical care’ was left to the respondent.

Numerator refers to waiting time for most recent appointment with a GP in the last 12 months.

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on …

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Disaggregation

2010–11—State and territory, by waiting time category, by:

  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

2010–11—Nationally, by waiting time category, by:

  • SEIFA IRSD deciles

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

The interpretation of ‘urgent medical care’ was left to the respondent.

Numerator refers to waiting time for most recent appointment with a GP in the last 12 months.

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

Numerators
Number of persons who reported seeing a GP (for urgent medical care for their own health) within specified waiting time categories.
Denominators
Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who reported seeing a GP for urgent medical care (for their own health) in the last 12 months.
Disaggregation

2010–11—State and territory, by waiting time category, by:

  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

2010–11—Nationally, by waiting time category, by:

  • SEIFA IRSD deciles

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

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