General practice in Australia, health priorities and policies 1998 to 2008 – AIHW Report – 8 July 2009

Posted on July 8, 2009. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Mgmt, General Practice, Pathology, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion, Workforce | Tags: , |

General practice in Australia, health priorities and policies 1998 to 2008
Authored by Britt H & Miller GC.  Published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 8 July 2009; ISSN 1442-3022; ISBN-13 978 1 74024 934 8; AIHW cat. no. GEP 24; 308pp.   General practice series no. 24

“This report looks extensively at changes in the activities of GPs from 1998 to 2008 in the light of numerous government initiatives and changes in the GP workforce and in the population. It shows that GP activity generally correlates well with health policy initiatives and clinical guidelines, notably with Type 2 diabetes and the control of asthma and high blood cholesterol levels. In some areas, however, there is less evidence of an effect so far. The report also raises some potential concerns about the costs from the continued rapid growth in orders for pathology testing and the overall challenge for the GP workforce in dealing with an ageing population with complex needs.”

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