This publication presents estimates of the financial performance and workforce characteristics of private sector businesses and organisations involved in the provision of health care services, in respect of the 2009-10 financial year. These data are compiled from a directly collected survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is the third ABS survey of medical practitioner businesses and organisations with the previous collections being conducted in respect of 2001-02 and 1994-95, and the second ABS survey of allied health businesses and organisations with the previous collection being conducted in respect of 1997-98 for selected allied health businesses.
The following publications were released for the 2001-02 and 1997-98 reference period:
Private Medical Practitioners, Australia, 2002 (cat. no. 8689.0) - issued 29 October 2002
Private Medical Practices, Australia, 2001-02 (cat. no. 8685.0) - issued 18 December 2003
Audiology and Audiometry Services, Australia, 1997-98 (cat. no. 8554.0) - issued 28 June 1999
Chiropractic and Osteopathic Services, Australia, 1997-98 (cat. no. 8550.0) - issued 20 August 1999
Physiotherapy Services, Australia, 1997-98 (cat. no. 8552.0) - issued 31 August 1999
Dental Services, Australia, 1997-98 (cat. no. 8551.0) - issued 30 September 1999
Optometry and Optical Dispensing Services, Australia, 1997-98 (cat. no. 8553.0) - issued 29 October 1999
WHAT'S NEW IN THIS ISSUE
Users are advised not to make historical comparisons with previous iterations of this survey, as this survey was not designed to support accurate estimates of change over time. Please refer to Technical Note 1: Data quality (paragraph 17) regarding historical comparisons.
Two views of health care services statistics are presented in this publication:
- an industry view in Chapters 1 to 5. This view presents data for businesses and organisations whose predominant activity is the provision of health care services. Industry data are classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition (cat. no. 1292.0).
- a General Practitioner practice view in Chapter 1 commentary. This view reflects key performance measures of private GP practices. Practices are identified as a subset of the industry view for GPs and are based on a benchmark provided by the Australian General Practice Network.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.