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Allied Health Industries Survey
 
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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW
    The collection provides key measures on the performance of the allied health services industry. Published data reflects a range of standard outputs including: activities by type of business, sources of income, items of expenditure, characteristics of employment and selected performance ratios. There is also a range of activity data including: data on general practitioners, specialists, optometrists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

    PURPOSE
    To identify the nature and structure of the industry/activity in terms of employment, income, costs and its contribution to the Australian economy. Statistics are used by industry and professional organisations (including; medical colleges, State and Commonwealth organisations and departments, research units and academic researchers).

    SCOPE
    Dental Services - The collection was two surveys of private sector practitioners and businesses involved in the provision of dental services. The first survey was a sample of private practice dental practitioners. The sample was selected from the Medibank provider file in March 1998. The scope included dental practitioners working in private practice and excluded dental practitioners solely engaged in the public health system. The businesses included in the second survey were identified from the responses to the first survey in which dental practitioners were asked to provide details about the dental businesses for which they work and any administrative service companies/trusts providing support services to the dental businesses. In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), businesses whose main activity is the provision of dental services are classified to Class 8623 Dental Services.

    Optometry and Optical Dispensing - The collection was two surveys of private sector optometrists and businesses involved in the provision of optometry and optical dispensing services. The first survey was a sample of private practice optometrists. The sample was selected from the Medibank provider file in March 1998. The survey excluded optometrists solely engaged in the public health system. The businesses included in the second survey were identified in two ways:

    • as a result of responses to the first survey in which optometrists were asked to provide details about the optometry/optical dispensing businesses for which they work
    • optical dispensing businesses listed on the ABS Business Register
    In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), businesses whose main activity is the provision of optometry/optical dispensing services are classified to Class 8632 Optometry and Optical Dispensing.

    Physiotherapy Services - The collection was two surveys of private sector practitioners and businesses involved in the provision of physiotherapy services. The first survey was a sample of private practice physiotherapists. The sample was selected from the Medibank provider file in March 1998. The scope included physiotherapists working in private practice and excluded physiotherapists solely engaged in the public health system. The businesses included in the second survey were identified from the responses to the first survey in which physiotherapists were asked to provide details about the physiotherapy businesses for which they work and any administrative service companies/trusts providing support services to the physiotherapy businesses. In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), businesses whose main activity is the provision of physiotherapy services are classified to Class 8635 Physiotherapy Services.

    Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services - The collection was two surveys of private sector practitioners and businesses involved in the provision of chiropractic and osteopathic services. The first survey was a sample of private practice chiropractors and osteopaths. The sample was selected from the Medibank provider file in March 1998. The businesses included in the second survey were identified from the responses to the first survey in which chiropractors and osteopaths were asked to provide details about the chiropractic and osteopathic businesses for which they work and any administrative service companies/trusts providing support services to the chiropractic or osteopathic businesses. In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), businesses whose main activity is the provision of chiropractic and osteopathic services are classified to Class 8636 Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services.

    Audiology and Audiometry Services - The collection was a census of all businesses mainly engaged in the provision of audiology and audiometry services such as hearing assessment, consultation and diagnostic work and sale and fitting of hearing instruments. In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), audiology and audiometry services are part of Class 8639 Health Services nec.

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework
    Not applicable

    Main outputs
    Published data reflects a range of standard outputs including:

    • activities by type of business
    • sources of income
    • items of expenditure
    • characteristics of employment
    • selected statistics by business/practice size
    • selected performance ratios
    • activity data on general practitioners and specialists including age, male/female and general practitioners/specialists employment breakdown and number of consultations by general practitioners/specialists
    • activity data on optometrists including age, male/female employment breakdown and number of consultations
    • activity data on physiotherapists including age, male/female employment breakdown and number of consultations
    • activity data on chiropractors and osteopaths including age, male/female employment breakdown and number of consultations

    The tables contain data at the Australia level with State tables showing:
    • number of practices
    • number of locations
    • total employment
    • employment breakdown by male/female and general practitioners/specialists
    • wages and salaries
    • total income

    Classifications
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) Classes: 8623 Dental Services, 8632 Optometry and Optical Dispensing, 8635 Physiotherapy Services, 8636 Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services, 8639 Health Services nec.

    Other concepts (summary)
    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT

    Comments and/or Other Regions
    Not applicable

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    3 Yearly

    Frequency comments
    The next collection is scheduled for 2004-2005.

    COLLECTION HISTORY
    The Allied Health Industries Collection was conducted for the first and only time in respect of the 1997-1998 financial year. In addition to the Dental Services industry, the collection covered the Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services, Physiotherapy Services, Audiology and Audiometry Services and Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services industries.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments
    Data is available in the following publications:
    Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services, Australia (cat. no. 8550.0)
    Physiotherapy Services, Australia (cat. no. 8552.0)
    Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services, Australia (cat. no. 8553.0)
    Audiology and Audiometry Services, Australia (cat. no. 8554.0)
    Dental Services, Australia (cat. no. 8551.0)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    17/09/2004 08:12 AM



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