MedicineInsight

MedicineInsight is a quality improvement program developed and managed by NPS MedicineWise with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. 

What is MedicineInsight?

MedicineInsight is a quality improvement program developed and managed by NPS MedicineWise with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. MedicineInsight allows GPs to reflect on their own patterns of prescribing and patient care, and compare these with other GPs in their practice. These can be benchmarked at local, regional and national levels. Participating practices are offered customised quality improvement activities that support alignment with best practice and identify key areas for improvement.

Insights from primary care are drawn from the aggregated clinical data of all participating general practices. These insights can be used by policymakers, health systems and health professionals. By responding to the identified evidence gaps in primary health care, MedicineInsight is improving clinical practice and health outcomes in Australia.

 
 

General Practice Insights Report

For the past three years, the General Practice Insights Reports (commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health) have provided an overview of the care provided in general practice.

This year’s report looks at the de-identified data of around 2.9 million patients, to explore who they are, why they visit their GPs, and aspects of the clinical management they receive. As in previous years, it shows that chronic illnesses are commonly managed by GPs.

This year, for the first time, the report provides information on the patient prevalence of certain childhood illnesses, dementia and serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

We hope that these documents provide patients, GPs, policy makers and researchers with an accurate picture of the enormous amount of work undertaken in primary care.

The General Practice Insights Report 201718 analyses the de-identified data of 2.7 million patients to reveal the common chronic health conditions in general practice in 2017–18 and the clinical management the patients received.

The report, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health, shows that hypertension, depression, anxiety, asthma and arthritis are common chronic conditions patients present with to GPs.

From this report, we also know the common medicines prescribed in Australia in 2017–18 were those used to treat cardiovascular and nervous system disorders. Opioids account for 10 per cent of all original prescriptions. Common pathology tests included full blood counts, liver function tests and tests for cholesterol.

General Practice Insights Report 2017–18

Date published : 24 October 2019

The General Practice Insights Report 2016–17 was the first time clinical data collected from participating MedicineInsight practices were used to provide insights into general practice at a national level.

These working papers demonstrate how clinical data from participating practices can help inform policy, research and health systems to improve health outcomes for all Australians. 

The reports include key findings including the most frequent reasons recorded as to why patients go to a doctor, chronic conditions with which patients present to GPs, and the most frequently prescribed medicines and medical tests.

General Practice Insights Report 2016–17

Date published : 17 December 2018

Accessibility: these reports are currently not 'AA' accessible. If you need help to access the report, please contact us on: +61 2 8217 8700.

 

Privacy, security and governance

NPS MedicineWise takes its role as Data Custodian seriously. We collect, use and store MedicineInsight information strictly in line with Australian privacy laws, 

Find out more about MedicineInsight privacy, security and governance.

 

MedicineInsight report repository

Click through to access your MedicineInsight reports

 

Patient and provider information for your practice

All practices participating in MedicineInsight need to display the patient poster in their waiting room.

MedicineInsight practice poster

Date published : 1 August 2019

Please provide patients with an information and opt-out sheet if the patient requests more information.

English

Date published : 1 August 2019

Arabic

Date published : 2 April 2020

Chinese (simplified)

Date published : 2 April 2020

Chinese (traditional)

Date published : 2 April 2020

Croatian

Date published : 2 April 2020

Farsi

Date published : 2 April 2020

Greek

Date published : 2 April 2020

Italian

Date published : 2 April 2020

Korean

Date published : 2 April 2020

Macedonian

Date published : 2 April 2020

Spanish

Date published : 2 April 2020

Turkish

Date published : 2 April 2020

Vietnamese

Date published : 2 April 2020

Practices must also share the healthcare professional information sheet with their staff, as it contains important information about privacy. GPs who would like the MedicineInsight practice clinical activity reports to identify them by name can complete the consent form at the end of the information sheet.

 

Enquiries and feedback

 

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