National Rural General Practice Study (NRGPS) - Introduction
The National Rural General Practice Study developed a national profile of non-metropolitan general practice. The Study evaluated recent changes in rural general practice, as well as establish a baseline from which to evaluate future changes.
The National Rural General Practice Study has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services General Practice Evaluation Program to run from March 1996 to September 1997. The Study is lead by:
Components of the Study
The Study has identified existing national sources of information about non-metropolitan general practice. A model is being explored for incorporating these sources into a single database about rural general practice (the Australian Rural Medical Database - ARMeD).
In addition to identifying existing sources, the Study included a survey of almost 4000 regional, rural, and remote general practitioners across Australia. The survey was specifically designed to collect information not already available in the existing sources.
The survey was administered between October 1996 and February 1997. Data analysis will take place throughout March and April 1997. A series of working papers is being developed which will communicate the results of the Study.
Further information about the National Rural General Practice Study and its implications for rural general practice policy in Australia can be found in the study executive summary and final report.