A baseline for progress

Arlett, Kevin, and Monypenny, Richard (2006) A baseline for progress. In: Proceedings of the SEGRA 2006 Tenth National Conference: sustainable economic growth for regional Australia. pp. 1-14. From: SEGRA 2006 Tenth National Conference: sustainable economic growth for regional Australia, 28-30 August 2006, Launceston, TAS, Australia.

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Townsville, and the surrounding region, has a history of successful regional development in manufacturing. One of the next local regional development issues is to seek similar success in the provision of local primary health care. Progress since the establishment of the Townsville Division of General Practice in 1994 has been significant. But it has been difficult to establish just how significant some of these improvements have been because a baseline was not established at that time.

This paper reports the outcome of a project to now explore the issues related to establishing such a baseline. The paper is divided into the three sections:

1. The sources and attributes of both primary population health data and data on wider measures of wellbeing. 2. A brief review of the literature of the evaluation of progress from baseline data in primary health care. 3. A brief review of the perceived priorities of local stakeholders about the variables best suited to measure progress.

The outcomes, learning experiences, planned future directions and actions, and potential spillovers identified from the project are better than expected at the planning stage of the Project. These better than planned outcomes are largely both the benefit of hindsight and the incredible amount of insight that this project has provided.

Item ID: 1421
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9802833-1-0
Keywords: decision-support; regional development; primary health care sector; Townsville Division of General Practice.
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Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2007
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics @ 100%
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