Table 1

Health service characteristics for the health systems assessmenta
Service Urban 1 Urban 2 Regional 1 Regional 2 Regional 3 Remote 1 Remote 2
Service population (% regular clients) 3444 (63%) 2882 (76%) 504 (63%) 748 (76%) 11740 (70%) 780 (72%) 1100 (91%)
Indigenous governed No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indigenous manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Workforce total (Indigenous) 26 (9) 42 (23) 6 (5) 9 (4) 133 (103) 7(2) 12 (6)
General Practitioners (Indigenous) 4 (1) 6 1b 2 (1) 8 1 1*
Registered Nurses (Indigenous) 9 (1) 1 2 (1) 1 14 (2) 4 3
Aboriginal Health Workers 2 3 0 2 17 2 2
Allied health staff 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
Chronic disease specific staff Yes No No No Yes Yes No
Systems
Electronic record system Practix MDc Ferret/ MDc MDc MDc Communi-care Communi-care
Automated pathology Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Disease register system Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Home medicines review No No No Yes No No No
Transport services No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
On-site specialist services
General physician 2 weekly 2 weekly - monthly weekly 2 monthly yearly
Cardiologist - - - - - 6 monthly yearly
Nephrologist - - - - - - -
Ophthalmologist - - - - - yearly yearly
Podiatry - weekly - - - 6 monthly -
Dietician daily - - monthly daily - 3 monthly
Dentist daily daily - - daily 2 monthly 6 monthly
Local hospital services
Cardiology Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cardiac rehabilitation Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No
Nephrologist Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes
Dialysis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes

a. Staff participants.

Urban 1: Clinical director, GPs (x2), Chronic disease RN, AHW project officers (x2), Aboriginal liaison manager.

Urban 2: Board member, GP, AHWs (x2), RN, Finance manager.

Regional 1: Chief Executive Officer, GP, RN, Driver, Receptionist.

Regional 2: GP (x2), RN, AHW (x2), Receptionist.

Regional 3: GP, Chronic disease AHW, Cardiac Rehabilitation AHW, Programs Coordinator.

Remote 1: GP, RN (x2).

Remote 2:RN (x3).

b. Part-time locum only.

c. Medical Director.

Peiris et al.

Peiris et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:369   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-369

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