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Thursday, 20 September 2007
Page: 171


Ms George asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 7 August 2007:

Further to his responses to question No. 76 (Hansard, 30 May 2005) and question No. 5796, for each financial year from 2000-01 to 2005-06, for the Statistical Local Areas of Wollongong (C) and Shellharbour (C), will he provide

(a)   the full-time equivalent number of general practitioners (GPs) and

(b)   the GP-to-population ratio;

if not why not and what changes, if any, have been made to the statistical data collection practices of his department since May 2005 that would prevent this data from being supplied.


Mr Abbott (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Statistical Local Area level data for full-time equivalent number of GPs is not publicly released.

Statistical Local Area data at the GP-to-population ratio level is not publicly released.

In response to privacy and confidentiality concerns, the Department has implemented more stringent data release protocols around the release of general statistics for small areas. Divisions of General Practice are the smallest area for which GP workforce statistics are routinely published. These statistics are available on the Department’s website at:

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pcd-programs-workforcestats