|Sources of geographic GP datasets in Australia|
|Dataset source||Geographic resolution||Coverage||Pros||Cons||Cost/Free||Source of information||Year of data used in analyses|
|Surveys: Australian Health and Welfare (AIHW) Medical Workforce Survey||SLA (Statistical Local Area). SLA level data are available through special request only and at cost.||FTE GPs GP Headcounts||Extensive yearly survey of medical workforce. Sampling frame is all registered physicians and approximately 58,000 physicians answered the survey in 2007.||In SLA level data Estimates are missing/suppressed, either from non-response or privacy concerns from a small number of responses from large sections of rural Australia.||Cost||Survey (70% response rate in 2007)||2007|
|Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS) Annual Survey of Divisions (ASD)||DGP (Divisions of General Practice)||FWE GPs GP Headcounts||The survey had a 100% response rate from the 111 DGPs it was sent to in 2010.||DGPs occupy large geographies, thus requiring additional datasets to analyze within DGP variation.||Free||Survey (100% response rate from divisions in 2010). GP FWE Data is from DoHA||2010|
|Mailing List: Australasian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) “doctor Lists”||Individual points/ addresses/coordinates||Headcounts Full time or Part time||Excellent geographic resolution||Workloads of part time GPs are not known||Cost||Data acquisition method is not published.||2010|
|Indirectly Derived: DoHA/Social Atlas of Australia from Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU)||SLA||Number of services provided by GPs||Data provided by data custodian, thus valid and of good quality.||FWE has to be indirectly derived by diving the total number of services provided with the average number of services provided in a given year.||Free||Data obtained by PHIDU from DoHA||2009|
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