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This report calls for an overhaul of the way general practitioners work and get paid so Australia can turn the tide of chronic disease, keep more people out of hospital, and ensure poorer Australians get the care they need when they need it.
This document was produced by the RACGP as an overview of the discussion and recommendations put forward at the General Practice Crisis Summit, held in Canberra on 5 October 2022.
This paper covers the spread of, and interactions within, the medical workforce in recent decades. It does this in order to illustrate the way in which a bias towards hospital and specialist care has occurred.
Maree Ticehurst, Ruth Peters, Rona Macniven, Magnolia Cardona
Across the world, people are living longer, but with more chronic conditions, disability and frailty. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of deriving an electronic Frailty Index (eFI) and to use the index to describe the prevalence of frailty and the prevalence with socioeconomic...
The Being Equally Well project aims to create a strong, evidence and consensus-based suite of recommendations for improvements to health services and systems that will enable consistent and more effective physical health care for those who live with serious mental illness.
This document outlines practical and implementable solutions to support GPs to spend more time with their patients, provide more care, and deliver better health outcomes though comprehensive and evidence-based care.
Provision of general practitioner and related primary health services to outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australians: interim report
This interim inquiry report recommends that the Australian government further investigates the provision and distribution of general practitioners in rural and regional Australia, and that the Department of Health should develop benchmarks for the optimal distribution of primary health professionals.
Access to and delivery of general practice services: a study of patients at practices using digital and online tools
This briefing examined data from 146 GP practices in England using the askmyGP online consultation system between 1 March 2019 and 30 September 2021. The analysis shows that patients often choose remote over face-to-face consultations and that GP practices can mitigate the risk of digital...
From vaccines to antibiotics, health and medical research has improved, extended, and saved lives. In this episode, Torrens University researchers talk about the need to build a new GP model of care for Australia’s rapidly ageing population.
This report reviews attempts to tackle inequities in the supply of general practice services in England over the past 30 years. The report looks at policies on general practice funding, workforce, premises, contracts and commissioning.
This report from a number of leading health experts recommends major improvements to primary healthcare services in Australia to stop people with serious mental illnesses from dying between 14 and 23 years earlier than other Australians.
Advance care directive prevalence among older Australians and associations with person-level predictors and quality indicators
Advance care planning (ACP) and related medical treatment legislation enable individuals to maintain choice and control over their health-care decisions in the event they lose decision-making capacity in the future.The ultimate goal of ACP is that people receive medical care that is consistent with their...
Fact Check: Anthony Albanese says the cost of visiting your doctor has increased by more than 30 per cent since the Coalition took office. Is he correct?
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese claimed that the cost of visiting the GP had risen 34 per cent under the Coalition. However, this does not account for the many people who receive bulk-billed GP services, or the fact bulk-billing rates have also increased. Verdict: Mr Albanese's...
Fact Check: Greg Hunt says nearly 90 per cent of people receive their GP services for free. Is he correct?
Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt claimed that, under the Coalition, more Australians were being bulk-billed by their GP than under Labor. Verdict: Mr Hunt's claim is over-egged.
The rapid uptake of telehealth in Australia during the pandemic has been life-changing for many patients. This report is intended to contribute to health system decisions, design, implementation and evaluation of telehealth to maximise the benefits, avoid the pitfalls, and encourage equitable access.
Effects of employing primary care doctors in hospital care in improving quality of care and health outcomes of rural and remote patients: a scoping review
This rapid literature review was undertaken to refine the scope of subsequent research on the value of locating or employing primary care doctors in emergency or inpatient care of local hospitals.
Characteristics and outcomes associated with carers in Central and Eastern Sydney aged 45 years and over
Care is fundamental to family life and our community wellbeing. This study looked at a group of more than 30,000 people in the Central and Eastern Sydney region who were recruited to the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study around 2008, and have been followed...
This report finds that many patients are not fully aware of the level of control they are entitled to when it comes to choosing medication. It suggests that pharmacists could play a greater role in the patient care pathway to support patients make choices about...
This research explores the relationship between primary health care sustainability and community economic development in rural and remote communities.
This report explores the experiences that patients with chronic conditions have with their health providers, particularly with respect to whether or not GPs and other specialists consistently communicated in a respectful and attentive way.
The objective of the digital health maturity assessment was to understand the technical, cultural and change readiness of general practices across the Gippsland region.
The specialist referral system is a key operational component of the Australian health system. This briefing argues that moving towards a health service model that places a greater emphasis on the appropriateness of the referral above the profession of the referrer is necessary to bring...
This report examines how many GPs currently practising in England are likely to be at high personal risk from COVID-19.
As part of the COVID-19 response, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) was extended to support the wide-scale provision of health care by telehealth. With Australians more open to using technology in health care, this has led to optimism across the sector that there will be...