Where are GPs most likely to prescribe antibiotics to kids?
Rates of prescriptions of antibiotics to children under nine may vary as much as 16 times from one part of the country to another, a new report suggests.
The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018 finds that children in some low socioeconomic areas in large city suburbs are the most likely to be prescribed an antibiotic by their GP.
Topping the list is St Mary’s in Sydney’s west, where 159,688 scripts per 100,000 children were written in 2016/17, according to the report produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.
Three other NSW areas follow close behind: the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, Griffith Murrumbidgee and Campbelltown in south-west Sydney, clocking up more than 154,000, 152,000 and 142,000 scripts per 100,000 children respectively.
Eight of the top 10 highest prescribing areas are in NSW, with the exceptions being Bribie Island in