Investigators: Dr Danielle Butler, Dr Federico Girosi (CI), Prof Louisa Jorm, Mr Paul Konings, Dr Ian McRae.
This study aims to investigate geographic patterns of primary healthcare in order to provide more effective means of resource allocation and to improve health equity and overall health outcomes.
Investigators will develop patient catchment areas to examine the geography of care-seeking behaviour. The variation in healthcare need, utilisation and costs will be measured across these catchment areas. Disentangling the complex relation between these three measures and geographies will allow investigators to develop models for prioritising resource allocation. This study intends to provide valuable information for service delivery organisations regarding how best to target their services based on population need.