It is also useful to inspect the profile of Better Access and allied health Better Access services used for the various Division–level factors used in the analyses. There are state/territory–based variations in Better Access and allied health Better Access services used for persons aged 16 to 84 years. These are summarized in table 5.4 and the following figure 5.6 and figure 5.7.

The table and figures show that:

  • Nationally, the mean number of Better Access services received is 252.0 (95% CI 238.3–265.8) per 1,000 population rates. Rates varied by a factor of 5.0 between the jurisdictions with the lowest (Northern Territory) and highest (Victoria) rates (figure 5.6); and

  • Nationally, the mean number of allied health Better Access services used in 2009 was 153.2 (95% CI 142.9–163.6) per 1,000 population rates. Rates varied by a factor of 6.7 between the jurisdictions with the lowest (Northern Territory) and highest (Victoria) rates (Figure 5.7).
Table 5.5 shows the weighted correlations between the measures of services used, mental health need and the Division–level characteristics. This shows the direction and magnitude of the relationships between measures.

Table 5.4 Summary statistics for the Better Access and allied health Better Access services used in 2009 for adults aged 16 to 84 years, by state/territory and nationally

Total Better Access services used in 2009 (per 1,000)
Mean (95% CI)
Total allied health Better Access services used in 2009 (per 1,000)
Mean (95% CI)
New South Wales
257.3 (238.4-276.2)
155.6 (140.5-170.8)
Victoria
303.2 (274.4-331.9)
192.2 (169.8-214.7)
South Australia
209.3 (180.9-237.7)
113.9 (93.5-134.3)
Queensland
229.8 (198.2-261.4)
134.4 (112.8-156.0)
Western Australia
214.7 (180.6-248.7)
130.8 (105.6-156.0)
Tasmania
217.1 (141.2-293.0)
138.6 (83.4-193.8)
Australian Capital Territory
216.9 (.)
143.1 (.)
Northern Territory
60.4 (.)
28.9 (.)
National
252.0 (283.3-265.8)
153.2 (142.9-163.6)

CI, confidence interval. Crude rates. Data are weighted by population size of Division of General Practice.
'.' – Value cannot be estimated because NT and ACT include only one Division of General Practice.

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Table 5.5 Weighted correlations among the measures

Total Better Access services used (per 1,000)Allied health Better Access services used (per 1,000)GP supply rate (per 1,000)Remoteness (%)Mental health need (%)Labour force participation (%)Unemployment (%)IRSED deciles 1 to 3 (%)
Total Better Access used (per 1,000)
1.00
Allied health Better Access services used (per 1,000)
0.97
1.00
GP supply rate (per 1,000)
0.33
0.27
1.00
Remoteness (%)
-0.48
-0.44
-0.30
1.00
Mental health need (%)
0.26
0.33
0.18
-0.06
1.00
Labour force participation (%)
-0.12
-0.05
-0.32
0.30
0.33
1.00
Unemployment (%)
-0.03
-0.13
0.36
-0.10
-0.21
-0.62
1.00
IRSED deciles 1 to 3 (%)
-0.37
-0.43
0.21
0.18
-0.29
-0.44
0.65
1.00

Figure 5.6 Total MBS–subsidised Better Access services used in 2009 by adults aged 16 to 84 years, by state/territory (rate per 1,000 population)


Text equivalent below for Figure 5.6 Total MBS–subsidised Better Access services used in 2009 by adults aged 16 to 84 years, by state/territory (rate per 1,000 population)

Text version of Figure 5.6

Total MBS–subsidised Better Access services used in 2009 by adults aged 16 to 84 years (rate per 1,000 population):
  • NSW - 257.3
  • Vic - 303.2
  • Qld - 229.8
  • SA - 209.3
  • WA - 214.7
  • Tas - 217.1
  • NT - 60.4
  • ACT - 216.9
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Figure 5.7 Total MBS–subsidised allied health Better Access services used in 2009 by adults aged 16 to 84 years, by state/territory (rate per 1,000 population)

Text equivalent below for Figure 5.7 Total MBS–subsidised allied health Better Access services used in 2009 by adults aged 16 to 84 years, by state/territory (rate per 1,000 population)

Text version of Figure 5.7

Total MBS–subsidised allied health Better Access services used in 2009 by adults aged 16 to 84 years (rate per 1,000 population):
  • NSW - 155.6
  • Vic - 192.2
  • Qld - 134.4
  • SA - 113.9
  • WA - 130.8
  • Tas - 138.6
  • NT - 28.9
  • ACT - 143.1
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