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Division and SBO Key Characteristics

Between July 2011 and July 2012 the Australian Government's National Health Reform saw the Divisions of General Practice Network (which at the time included 108 Divisions, six State Based Organisations and the national organisation AGPN) evolve into a network of Medicare Locals. For information about the process of establishing Medicare Locals, their function and the impact of this change on various stakeholders please visit the Medicare Local Guide - therefore comparing Divisions data after 2010-11 reporting period should be done with caution.

A spreadsheet of Division Key Characteristics has been provided on the PHCRIS website since 2002-03, and has been updated with information collected as part of the 2010-11 Annual Survey of Divisions (ASD).

Since 2005-06, PHCRIS has also composed a spreadsheet of SBO Key Characteristics, based on the Annual Survey of Divisions (ASD) data.

The spreadsheet contains a quick snapshot showing Division/SBO:

  • Population
  • Indigenous population
  • Population aged over 65 years
  • Number of General Practices (and number of solo practices)
  • Estimated number of practising GPs (and female GPs)
  • Number of fulltime workload equivalent (FWE) GPs
  • Ratio of GP numbers to population
  • Ratio of FWE GP to population
  • Eligibility for More Allied Health Care (MAHS) funding*

For a quick way to identify which Divisions of General Practice have similar characteristics see the Division Benchmarking Tool

Note that number of general practices and GPs are collected from Divisions as part of the ASD. Other data sources and additional information are included in the footnotes within the spreadsheets.

*Funding for this specific MAHS program changed at the end of 2009, and now forms part of the Rural Primary Health Services (RPHS) program. Go to for more information.