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

There were 17,169 specialist medical locations in Australia at the end of June 2010. Of this number, 14,351 or just under 84% were located in capital cities and suburbs. Capital city and suburban locations employed or contracted 15,874 registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services, equally split between males and females, and 57.8% of total registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services were aged 46 years and over.

Total income and total expenses for specialist medical locations in capital cities and suburbs were $5.4b and $3.4b respectively and accounted for around 85% of the total for Australia.

Medical and health practitioners working in specialist businesses in capital city and suburban locations had 586,000 patient contacts in an average working week (80.9% of the Australian total). The proportion of female patients (53.3%) was slightly higher than male patients.

Just over 15% of total specialist medical locations in Australia were in rural areas, while remote locations accounted for less than 1% of the total. Rural locations employed or contracted 3,064 medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services, almost evenly split between males and females, while remote locations employed or contracted well under 1% of total practitioners in Australia.

Total income and total expenses for specialist medical locations in rural areas were $975m and $623m respectively and accounted for just over 15% of the total for Australia. Remote areas accounted for $12m and $4m respectively which was less than 1% of total income and total expenses for Australia.

Medical and health practitioners working in specialist businesses in rural locations had 137,600 patient contacts (19% of the Australian total) in an average working week. The proportion of female patients (54.4%) was slightly higher than male patients. Medical and health practitioners in remote locations had 6,000 patient contacts in an average working week, which accounted for less than 1% of the Australian total.





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