Beach project Australia 1998 - ongoing


Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH)

The BEACH Program is a continuous national study of general practitioner clinical activities in Australia. Data include:


  • characteristics of the GPs 
  • characteristics of the patients seen 
  • reasons people seek medical care (patient reasons for encounter)* 
  • problems managed, and for each problem managed (direct link)* 
    • medications prescribed, advised, provided

    • clinical treatments and procedures provided*

    • referrals to specialists and allied health services*

    • test orders including pathology and imaging*.

                              (* Classified to the International Classification of Primary Care, Version 2 (ICPC-2)

BEACH began in April 1998.

As of July 2012 the BEACH database included about 1.4 million GP-patient encounter records.

More information about BEACH can be found here

Details of publications resulting from the BEACH study can be found here

Created 30/11/2011 - Last modified 20/08/2018