Temporal trends in exercise physiology services in Australia — implications for rural and remote service provision

Stanton, Robert, and Rosenbaum, Simon (2019) Temporal trends in exercise physiology services in Australia — implications for rural and remote service provision. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 27 (6). pp. 514-519.

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Abstract

Objective: To assess temporal trends in service provision by Accredited Exercise Physiologists based on remoteness classification using Australian Bureau of Statistics remoteness classifications of Major Cities, Inner Regional, Outer Regional, Remote and Very Remote.

Design and participants: Cross-sectional analysis of publicly available Medicare Benefits Schedule datasets, for Medicare item number 10953 from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017.

Main outcome measure(s): Number of claims, benefits paid, fees charges and number of providers for Medicare item number 10953.

Results: Accredited Exercise Physiologist service delivery demonstrates growth across all areas of remoteness classification. Rebates and fees mirror service delivery trends. The rate of service growth was significantly greater in Major Cities compared with all other remoteness classifications. Provider numbers show a steady increase from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017 but number remains higher in Major Cities compared with all other remoteness locations.

Conclusion: Given the high proportion of chronic and complex illness in rural and remote areas, and the limited access to allied health care services, we propose more needs to be done to position Accredited Exercise Physiologists in these regions of increasing need. These findings have implications for future development of the Accredited Exercise Physiologist profession.

Item ID: 62111
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: access issues, allied health, health and exercise issues, health service development, health services access
Copyright Information: © 2019 National Rural Health Alliance Ltd.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 01:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 100%
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