Monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on general practice: a suite of impact measures for Australian general practice

Judith Thomas, Andrew Georgiou, Chrissy Imai, Gorkem Sezgin, Rae-Anne Hardie, Zhaoli Dai, Nasir Wabe, Guilherme Saffi Franco, Julie Li

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a devastating impact on healthcare systems around the world. Countries most severely impacted by the pandemic had recorded in excess of 10,000 confirmed cases per 100,ooo population (as at 30 June 2021) compared to Australia, which recorded 119.85 confirmed cases per 100,000 population. As of 30 June 2021, Victoria and NSW recorded the highest percentages of Australia’s 30,610 total cases (67.7% and 19% respectively). The unpredictability of COVID-19 has been clearly demonstrated through the emergence of the Delta variant, with Australia’s first Delta case being reported in June 2021. The rapid spread of the Delta variant had a marked impact on Australia’s infection rate with case numbers increasing to 170,4586 as at 31 October 2021; with Victoria and NSW accounting for 52.1% (88,824) and 44.2% (75,278) respectively (96.3% total)7 of Australia’s total COVID-19 case numbers. As of 2November 2021, Australia had recorded 674.63 confirmed cases per 100,000 population4, prior to a NSW Health media release on 28 November 2021 which announced that the Omicron variant had been detected in NSW. By 17 February 2022, Australia’s confirmed cases had soared to 10,133.89 per 100,00 population4. The dramatic and erratic impact of COVID-19 outbreaks highlight the need for readily available, evidence-based tools to consistently measure and monitor the impact of the pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
PublisherAustralian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University
Number of pages44
ISBN (Print)978-1-74138-490-1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2022


  • COVID-19
  • general practice
  • pandemic impacts
  • healthcare systems
  • Real-time data
  • Best-practice
  • Australia


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