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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)


  • Ask your patients about their prevention needs and priorities (see Appendix 4)
  • The Practice Prevention Inventory (see Appendix 1) can help your practice assess its current performance in prevention
  • Use case note audits to identify areas for improvement
  • Use your practice team’s knowledge and your patient register to identify practice prevention priorities (Table 5)
  • Speak to your division of general practice about accessing population health data168,169
  • Use or adapt a set of priorities and/or activities identified by reputable sources (eg. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, RACGP SNAP guideline, National Institute of Clinical Studies).


Target activity




Health behaviours

Prevention activities due or performed Adherence?

Practice Prevention Questionnaire, Auckland Lifestyle Questionnaire, Lifescript assessment survey

GPs and practice staff

Practice infrastructure

Inventory of implementation activities in the practice setting

Practice Prevention Inventory, SNAP inventory


Prevention activities, partnerships with community organisations

Programs and activities

Division of general practice needs survey (www.healthpromotion.


Health needs

Morbidity, disadvantage, health needs

CD DATA 2001 (ABS 2003), division needs survey


Divisions of general practice activities

Membership activities, infrastructure

Divisions of general practice annual survey (PHCRIS 2004) (


Immunisation levels

Childhood immunisation coverage

Australian Childhood Immunisation Register ( acircirghome)


Range of health needs

Surveys, reports

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (, National Institute of Clinical Studies (


Aboriginal health issues

Reviews of programs, resources

Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin ( frames.htm),
Aboriginal health check ( wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/ health-epcatsiinfo.htm/$FILE/sffahc.pdf)

Table 5. Needs assessment tools