Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH)


In early 2017, after 18 years of data collection in primary care and general practice, the BEACH program underwent some service delivery changes. While BEACH data are no longer being collected, the valuable BEACH resource is still available through the University of Sydney, to help inform academia, industry, and others requiring general practice data.

What is BEACH and where can I find it?

With almost 1.8 million GP-patient encounter records, and based on research methods developed and validated over 30 years at the University of Sydney, BEACH is the most valid, reliable GP dataset in Australia. Patients at BEACH encounters are proven to be nationally representative of patients at all Medicare-claimed GP services.

The BEACH data are used for analyses and reports on GP and patient encounters. Data linkages between indications and patient management are unique to BEACH, making it an information source critical for analysing the market to inform pricing and strategy, or to undertake research in primary care health delivery.

The program has generated or contributed to numerous academic publications and grant applications. It has provided data and reports to industry, government and not-for-profit organisations to support and inform marketing and pricing business decisions, policy and improve Australian healthcare delivery and patient care.

Contact us

To find out more about BEACH and how the data can support you, visit our new webpage
or contact Christopher Harrison by emailing or calling +61 2 8627 5511.