Document Type



Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation Laboratory, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Bunbury, WA


Faculty of Health and Human Sciences


Western Australian Centre for Rural Health and Community Development


Aoun, S. & and Stone, G. ( 1997) The assessment of the health care needs of the community from a consumer and a provider perspective. Bunbury, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


This project aimed at identifying the health care needs of a community from a consumer and a provider perspective using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

As stated in the objectives, this needs analysis has provided information on:

-the characteristics of the community served the local Division of General Practice (Chapter 2).

-the health status of the community, in terms of disease patterns, healthy lifestyles ... (Chapter 3).

-the extent to which services exhibit qualities of convenient location, availability, equity of access, integrated care and providing education (Chapters 4 and 5).

-the various aspects concerning general practice interests, hours worked, training and education needs (Chapter 6).

-the gaps in services provided by GPs, specialists, community and allied health services and hospital services from the GP and the community perspectives (Chapters 5,6 and 8).

-the areas of health needs which should be specifically targeted by local Division of General Practice (Chapters 3, 7, 8 and 9).