Service mapping and
small area data collection –
to enhance planning and
identify greater areas of need

Urchins 2

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

Stream 3: Digital and data innovation

GP VoxPol is a platform for gathering data and feedback from general practitioners (GPs), GP practices and other areas of service delivery in the primary health landscape.

In a format that will allow time series analysis, as well as more agile responsiveness from Primary Health Networks (PHNs), the GP VoxPol will enable fast, easy collection of data in a way that is not onerous on GPs.

The approach includes:
• Collecting core workforce demographic detail
• Reaching out to seek GPs concerns on any matter
• Enabling better connections through HPI-O and other identifiers
• Finding out more about a practice so a PHN can support it more (regarding software, or billing, or clinical data, or opening hours etc)
• “Being in the know”: GPs select the PHN portfolios that they want to receive email updates from
• Quick Supplementary Surveys: such as for a GP Practice Disaster Response Register, or GP Continuing Professional Development Needs.

The GP VoxPol will encourage high respondent rates through a quick and easy user experience online, and the ability to collect data once and then use and share it multiple times for different purposes—essentially with de-itentified data in most cases—and where appropriate, guided by privacy considerations in all cases. The GP VoxPol will improve workforce mapping and service mapping at a granular level, with small area data being more precise than postcodes or local government areas.

The utility of current data, such as MBS Medicare data, is often not fit for purpose for service mapping or clinical use. The NHSD database is often not up to date in a real time way that is necessary and ideal. GP VoxPol will fill this gap in the data and also enable export of data from the GP VoxPol into other systems, such as NHSD.

The new platform will facilitate better integration, analysis, and interpretation of our data. It is based on the successful model of the online GP census from 2007.

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