The RoGS provides its primary and community health data tables in Microsoft Excel file format. The data provided here have been collated and analysed using this program.
The RoGS data on the number of general practices and the proportion of accredited practices facilitate a calculation of the growth in this proportion over the 10-year period from 2010–2019.
Different editions of the Standards were used by general practices and accreditation agencies during the period of review. The Standards evolved from the third edition to the fourth in 2010, and then into the current, modular fifth edition in 2017. As the accreditation cycle is three years, the RoGS data from 2010–2016 may reflect accreditation against either the third or fourth edition Standards, depending on when the practice’s accreditation occurred. Post-2017, a practice’s accreditation may have been against the fourth or fifth edition.
The number of general practices accredited by the two agencies within the RoGS allows an analysis of the change in market share between these two agencies since 2010.
Full-time equivalence estimates the total effort spent by GPs delivering primary care services and is defined by the Department of Health.7 One FTE equates to 40 hours of clinical work per week, for 46 weeks of the year.7 The method calculates a GP’s primary care workload based on Medical Benefits Schedule(MBS) items claimed within their scope of practice. For each GP, the measure provides an estimate of the billable time, non-billable time and non-clinical time spent on claims.
The RoGS data do not include:
- the number of general practices and proportion of those that were accredited in 2012–2017 and 2020–2021
- the number of FTE GPs prior to 2014 when the current calculation for FTE was introduced, up to 2020.