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1146.0 - Directory of Service Industries Statistics, 2002  
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Private Medical Practices, Australia (cat. no. 8685.0)

PURPOSE

The primary purpose of the Private Medical Practice Survey was to provide the fundamental base line data necessary to understand the size and structure of general medical practices, specialist medical practices and pathology laboratory businesses in terms of income, expenses and employment.

Complementing this survey is some demographic information about general medical practitioners collected via the Private Medical Practitioners Survey (cat. no. 8689.0).

SCOPE

The scope of the 2001-2002 Private Medical Practices Survey was all private medical businesses primarily offering general medical services and specialist medical services. In terms of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), these businesses would be classified to class 8621- GENERAL PRACTICE MEDICAL SERVICES and 8622 - SPECIALIST MEDICAL SERVICES. Administrative service businesses providing dedicated services to these businesses were also included.

The scope also included pathology laboratory businesses who provided a pathology service in which human tissue, human fluids or human body products are subjected to analysis for the purposes of prevention, diagnosis or treatment of disease in human beings and included any premises from which a service was conducted (this definition is based on the definition of a pathology service as specified in the Pathology Services Accreditation Act 1984: Act no. 10083/1984).

Government departments, hospitals, nursing homes, community health centres, universities and businesses predominantly providing veterinary pathology laboratory services were excluded from the scope of this survey.


DATA DETAIL

Published data for 2001-2002 reflects a range of standard outputs including:

  • sources of income
  • items of expenditure
  • characteristics of employment
  • selected statistics by practice size (for general medical practices and specialist medical practices only)

The tables for general medical practices and specialist medical practices contain data at the Australia level with one state table showing:
  • medical practice locations (split by general practice medical services and specialist medical services)
  • employment (split by general practice medical services and specialist medical services)
  • wages and salaries (split by general practice medical services and specialist medical services)
  • fee for service medical income (split by general practice medical services and specialist medical services)
  • other income (split by general practice medical services and specialist medical services)
  • total income (split by general practice medical services and specialist medical services)

    More detailed data are available on request by telephoning the contact shown on the
    Client Contact page.

    The tables for pathology laboratory businesses contain data only at the Australia level.

    Complementary data from the Private Medical Practitioners Survey includes data relating to the number of private medical practitioners, their basic demographics such as age and gender, type of medical specialisation, hours worked and number of consultations in an average working week.


    GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

    Australia
    New South Wales (for general medical practices and specialist medical practices only)
    Victoria (for general medical practices and specialist medical practices only)
    Queensland (for general medical practices and specialist medical practices only)
    South Australia (for general medical practices and specialist medical practices only)
    Western Australia (for general medical practices and specialist medical practices only)
    Tasmania (for general medical practices only)
    Northern Territory (for general medical practices only)
    ACT (for general medical practices only)

    For specialist medical practices, data for Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT are combined. For pathology laboratory businesses, data are available only at the Australia level.


    FREQUENCY OF DATA AVAILABILITY

    The surveys of private medical practices, pathology laboratory businesses and private medical practitioners were conducted for the first time in respect of the 1994-1995 financial year and again in respect of the 2001-2002 financial year.


    ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

    Private Medical Practitioners, Australia (cat. no. 8689.0)

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