Report reveals high quality of GP care in North Brisbane and Moreton Bay

Residents in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region are living longer and those who have a usual GP are enjoying positive health care experiences, according to two new reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The reports, Coordination of health care: experiences with GP care among patients aged 45 and over, 2016 and Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths, 2014-2016 showed positive results for the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.

According to the AIHW, in 2016 in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region 97.1 per cent of adults aged 45 years and over had a usual GP or place of care, compared to 97.5 per cent nationally.

While the number of people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region with a usual GP or place of care was reasonably consistent with the national averages, the quality of care patients received was generally higher than the national average.

The North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region was one of the top ranked regions for GP quality of care. In 2016 for adults aged 45 years and over in the Brisbane North PHN region:

  • 86.7 per cent rated their care as excellent or very good, compared to 84.1 per cent nationally
  • 91.7 per cent felt they were involved in decisions about their care, compared to 89.1 per cent nationally
  • 83.8 per cent were asked about work/life things that affect health, compared to 82.1 per cent nationally
  • 94.5 per cent said that test results were explained in a way that the patient could understand, compared to 92.9 per cent nationally.

The report also indicates that adults aged 45 years and over in the PHN region are generally comfortable talking to their GP about personal problems related to their health. In 2016, 84.1 per cent of adults aged 45 years and over in the PHN region were comfortable talking to their GP about personal problemsrelated to their health, compared to 81.3 per cent nationally.

Finally, 83.7 per cent of adults aged 45 years and over in the Brisbane North PHN region said they had excellent, very good or good health, compared to 81.5 per cent nationally.

These findings are promising in light of gains in life expectancy revealed in the AIHW’s Life expectancy and potentially avoidable deaths 2014-2016 report.

According to the report, the population of our region enjoys a higher life expectancy compared to the national rate.

Between 2011-13 and 2014-16, life expectancy for males in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region rose by 0.7 years, compared to 0.3 years nationally. Females in the region also had greater gains in life expectancy compared to the national rates, with an increase of 0.6 years between 2011-13 and 2014-16, compared to 0.3 years nationally.

For more information about AIHW reports, visit www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au.