Do divisions of general practice have a role in and the capacity to tackle health inequalities?
J Furler, E Harris, G Powell-Davies, M Harris, V Traynor, V Rose, L Nacarella, D Young
Australian Family Physician | Published : 2002
BACKGROUND: General practitioners are concerned with improving the health of the community, and Divisions are an important structure through which this can be achieved. Any focus on health outcomes needs to consider what general practice and Divisions can do to reduce inequalities in health outcomes. METHOD: We analysed 2000-2002 strategic and business plans from 78% of Divisions in NSW and Victoria, to see how Divisions were developing capacity to address health inequalities in the community through appropriate needs assessments, allocation of resources and partnership approaches. RESULTS: Thirty percent of Divisions discussed socioeconomic barriers to people accessing health care within th..View full abstract