Over 600,000 ED presentations avoidable

And people in some rural areas are almost three times as likely to go to hospital when they could go to a GP instead, according to a new report.

The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) report, which analysed data from the 61 Medicare Local (ML) areas, found people in regional and rural areas had generally higher representation in the 2.5 million hospital bed days deemed avoidable.

Public health groups said the report was just the latest sign that preventive health initiatives needed to target