Population health profiles of the Divisions of General Practice (119 profiles) - Overview

Published: November 2005

The population health profiles, produced for the 119 Australian Divisions of General Practice, are designed to provide a description of the population of the Divisions, and aspects of their health. The purpose of the profiles is to provide information to support a population health approach, which aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequalities among population groups.

The profiles include a number of tables, maps and graphs to profile population health in the Divisions and provide comparisons with other areas, for example, the respective metropolitan or country area relevant to the Division (eg. Sydney or country New South Wales etc.), as well as Australia. Specific topics covered include a socio-demographic profile; GP workforce data; immunisation rates; rates of premature death; and estimates of the prevalence of chronic disease and selected risk factors.

For selected Divisions, the profiles include data for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, with comparisons across Divisions and Australia.

Authored by PHIDU

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  • Annual change; by age and sex
  • Non-English speaking born: resident in Australia for five years or more/ for less than five years; poor proficiency in English
Socioeconomic status
  • Single parent families
  • Indigenous
  • Full-time participation in secondary education at age 16
  • Unemployment rate
  • Labour force participation
  • Female labour force participation
  • Households receiving rent assistance
  • Dwellings: rented from the State housing authority; no motor vehicle
  • Computer use at home
  • Internet use at home
  • Summary of the socioeconomic ranking: Index of Relative Disadvantage
General medical practitioner (GP supply)
  • Population per GP
  • Childhood immunisation at ages 0 to 6 by provider type
Premature mortality (0 to 74 years)
  • Circulatory system diseases: total; ischaemic heart disease; Cerebrovascular disease - stroke
  • Cancer: total; cancer of the trachea, bronchus & lung
  • Respiratory system disease: total; chronic lower respiratory disease
  • Injuries and poisonings: suicide; motor vehicle accidents
  • Other causes: diabetes mellitus
Chronic diseases and risk factors
  • Estimates of chronic diseases and injury
    • Respiratory system diseases: total; asthma
    • Circulatory system diseases
    • Diabetes type 2
    • Injury event
    • Mental & behavioural disorders
    • Musculoskeletal system diseases: Arthritis: total, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis; Osteoporosis (females)
  • Estimates of measures of self-reported health
    • Very high psychological distress levels [K-10]
    • Fair or poor self-assessed health status
  • Estimates of selected risk factors
    • Overweight (not obese)/ obese males
    • Overweight (not obese)/ obese females
    • Smokers
    • Physical inactivity
    • High health risk due to alcohol consumed