Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) project

Stream 1 – Chronic Conditions and Risk Factor Surveillance

COORDINARE, the South Eastern NSW PHN, believes that data collected during patient visits to their general practitioners has immense potential for regional population health and service planning.

To investigate ways of utilising electronic health records data for evidence-based primary care planning, COORDINARE is undertaking the Chronic Conditions and Risk Factor Surveillance Stream of the Sentinel Practices Data Sourcing (SPDS) project.

The project has been ongoing since 2013, the first stream of the project is a general practice-based sentinel site surveillance system to monitor chronic diseases and their associated risk factors in the region.

Results from the project so far have revealed higher than national average estimates for the age-adjusted prevalence of chronic diseases such as obesity / overweight, hypertension and anxiety disorders within the Illawarra Shoalhaven region.

The SPDS project has been the biggest population health and planning initiative for COORDINARE, and the project was the first of its kind in regional NSW.

Peer-reviewed international journal articles and peak-body conference presentations reporting the findings of the project include:

Additionally, COORDINARE continues to undertake qualitative investigations into identifying the key barriers faced by general practice staff in keeping their patient electronic health information clean and complete. While detailed exploration of this topic is currently underway, an abstract of the review of current literature and an initial findings paper are currently available.

For further details please contact Abhijeet Ghosh at For information on Stream 2 – Data Driven Continuous Quality Improvement, click here