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Table 1 Characteristics of participating health centres and adults

From: Variation in quality of preventive care for well adults in Indigenous community health centres in Australia

Characteristic NT Top End NT Central Australia Far West NSW WA North
QLD
Total
Community health centres 24 9 5 7 17 62
Locations       
   City 1 (4%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 0 (0%) 5 (8%)
   Regional town 6 (25%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%) 2 (28%) 0 (0%) 12 (19%)
   Remote community 17 (71%) 8 (89%) 1 (20%) 2 (29%) 17 (100%) 45 (73%)
Health service governance       
   Government funded/operated 10 (42%) 5 (56%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 17 (100%) 33 (53%)
Managed by local or regional Indigenous
committee or board
14 (58%) 4 (44%) 5 (100%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%) 29 (47%)
General practice accreditation status       
   Currently accredited 9 (38%) 3 (33%) 1 (20%) 2 (29%) 5 (29%) 19 (31%)
   Not accredited 15 (62%) 6 (67%) 4 (80%) 5 (71%) 12(71%) 43 (69%)
Sizes of populations served       
   ≤ 500 9 (37%) 4 (44%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 20 (32%)
   501-999 6 (25%) 4 (45%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 17 (28%)
   ≥ 1000 9 (38%) 1 (11%) 1 (20%) 7 (100%) 7 (41%) 25 (40%)
Participating adults 708 267 150 210 504 1839
Mean age (years) 32 31 33 32 33 32
Males 49% 49% 50% 50% 50% 49%
Indigenous status       
   Indigenous 94% 95% 43% 87% 91% 89%*
   Non-Indigenous 4% 1% 50% 10% 1% 7%*
   Not stated 2% 4% 7% 3% 8% 4%
Attended health centre within the past 24 months (range between health centres) 93%
(50%-100%)
97%
(90-100%)
75%
(30%-93%)
99%
(93%-100%)
90%
(53%-100%)
92%*
(30%-100%)
Reasons for last attendance       
   Well person's check 13% 10% 4% 3% 4% 8%*
   Acute care 58% 56% 42% 59% 53% 55%*
   Immunisation 2% 2% 4% 1% 12% 5%
   Sexual health 7% 9% 4% 3% 6% 6%
   Mental health 1% 1% 5% 0% 2% 1%
   others 19% 22% 41% 34% 23% 25%*
Key responsible health providers during the last attendance       
   Nurses 48% 64% 39% 13% 55% 47%*
   Aboriginal health workers 26% 14% 7% 13% 15% 18%*
   Doctors 14% 12% 40% 62% 9% 20%*
   Specialists 1% 1% 4% 2% 2% 1%
   Others 11% 9% 10% 10% 19% 14%
Documented as a smoker 30% 23% 27% 28% 29% 28%
Documented alcohol misuse 15% 15% 27% 12% 40% 23%*
Documented organic complications of alcohol misuse 5% 7% 3% 4% 13% 7%*
  1. * P < 0.05 for comparison between regions.
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