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8570.0 - Health Care Services, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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GENERAL PRACTICE MEDICAL SERVICES

There were 39,509 general practice locations in Australia at the end of June 2010. Of this number, 29,323 or just under 75% were located in capital cities and suburbs. Capital city and suburban locations employed or contracted 43,633 medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services, of whom just over 55% were male, and 63.2% of total medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services in capital cities and suburbs were aged 46 years and over.

Total income and total expenses for general practice locations in capital cities and suburbs were $11b and $7.7b respectively and accounted for around 75% of the total for Australia.

Medical and health practitioners working in general practice businesses in capital city and suburban locations had 3.3m patient contacts (72.3% of the Australian total) in an average working week. The proportion of female patients (53.1%) was slightly higher than male patients.

Just under 24% of total general practice locations in Australia were in rural areas, while remote locations accounted for less than 2% of the total. Rural locations employed or contracted 16,510 medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services, of whom 57.5% were male, and 60% of total registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services were aged 46 years and over. Remote locations employed or contracted 1,509 medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health services, which accounted for just 2.4% of the Australian total. The proportions of males and females were almost 50% each.

Total income and total expenses for general practice locations in rural areas were $3.4b and $2.2b respectively and accounted for around 22% of the total for Australia. Remote areas accounted for $388m and $298m respectively which was less than 3% of total income and total expenses for Australia.

Medical and health practitioners working in general practice businesses in rural locations had 1.1m patient contacts (just over 25% of the Australian total) in an average working week. The proportion of female patients (54.1%) was slightly higher than male patients. Medical and health practitioners in remote locations had 118,200 patient contacts in an average working week, which accounted for less than 3% of total contacts for Australia. The proportion of female patient (55.4%) was again slightly higher than male patients.





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