Regionally-based needs assessment in Australian primary health care.
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Needs assessments in primary health care provide information to plan and change services, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of a population. It is the first step in health care services planning, and involves identifying and analysing a region’s health problems and potential target group. For the purposes of this report, need was defined as “the population’s ability to benefit” as this lends itself most usefully to health services planning. This report also reflects on International and Australian models that may inform approaches to needs assessments in Australia.