Trends in general practice services in two cohorts of Australian children between 2003–2004  and 2010–2011

Lixin Ou, Jack Chen and Kenneth Hillman
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10105
Published online: 7 October 2013

To the Editor: Despite concerns about suspected reductions in general practitioner visits for Australian children,1,2 there has been a lack of research to investigate trends in GP visits over the past decade.

  • Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, South Western Sydney Clinical School/Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.



This study used unit record data from Growing up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). The LSAC was conducted in partnership between the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The findings and views reported in this paper are our own and should not be attributed to FaHCSIA, AIFS or the ABS.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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