National Centre for Geographic Resources & Analysis in Primary Health Care (GRAPHC)


The National Centre for Geographic Resources & Analysis in Primary Health Care (GRAPHC)

GRAPHC promotes and facilitates the use of geographical information systems (GIS) to inform locally relevant and equitable solutions for targeting health resources and services in Australia.

GRAPHC aims to meet the needs of Australian Health Research by providing and maintaining research resources: Spatially attributed Health and Demographic Data,  Spatial Analyses, Online Interactive Mapping Systems, Privacy & Confidentiality protection for precision location data, etc.


Paul Konings, +61 2 6125 6549

Jason Passioura,  +61 2 6125 6549

Michael Hewett,  +61 2 6125 6549

Active Projects Here

HealthLandscape Australia:

HealthLandscape Australia is an interactive web mapping tool for healthcare providers, researchers, policy makers, and community planners to combine, analyse, and display health information in ways that promote understanding, improve outcomes, and improve community health outcomes.

LifeSpan Resource Atlas:

The LifeSpan Resource Atlas is a collection of interactive web-based mapping tools designed to support suicide intervention professionals, policy makers, academic researchers, and planners to combine, analyse and display information in ways that promote better understanding of suicide and the forces that affect it.

The LifeSpan Resource Atlas can be used to locate local services and regional resources and to create maps from publicly available data sets containing curated data from various sources of demographic, health, socio-economic and environmental information. The Map Themes are presented in in a convenient, central location to help answer questions about and improve co-ordination of suicide prevention and allowing users to discover community characteristics and share information.

RANZCO Health Insights - Australia & New Zealand:

The Royal Australian And New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and GRAPHC have developed an interactive online geospatial tool called Health Insights; informing ophthalmology workforce planning decisions and to improve patient access to ophthalmology services in Australia and New Zealand.

ANU MedSchool Teaching Practices:

The ANU Medical School (ANUMS) is a graduate medical school of the Australian National University.

GRAPHC developed an online interactive mapping environment referencing teaching practices, hospitals and health centres – walk-in-clinics, and other relevant health & medical resources in ACT.

Health WorkForce:

GRAPHC's Interactive Map Visualisation of Australian Health Workforce Data has been developed for the Centre of Mental Health Research. This interactive mapping platform uses data from Health Workforce Australia. The interface provides map based visualisations and data access through summary tables of health workforce in Australia. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in conjunction with the national boards, is responsible for the national registration process for 14 health professions. The data from this annual registration process, together with data from a workforce survey that is voluntarily completed at the time of re-registration, forms the National Health Workforce Dataset (NHWDS).

Mental Health & Sustainable Farming:

GRAPHC have presented an interactive mapping platform that identifies individual health & mental health resources in ta region identified as a target for Sustainable Farming initiatives. This tool also identifies underserviced populations in the target region along with spatially attributed ancillary demographic data.

ACT Kindy BMI project:

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a snapshot of where your child sits on a BMI growth chart. GRAPHC map and spatially analyse BMI distributions across ACT & Region including temporal analyses./

Importance of Spatial Resolution:

Using the correct Spatial Resolution for your data can be critical to gaining meaningful insights and results when analysing or interpreting spatial information.

Legacy Mapping platforms:

Map Data Portal:

An interactive Map Based Interface allowing users to find and extract spatially enabled demographic, socio-economic, census, public health data based on geographic areas.  Users can merge data from various datasets & save the output as a CSV files. Users can visualise locally held tabular data on a map.

G-Tag System:

Historically Australian health researchers have had difficulty engaging with GIS tools because of the complexities associated with incorporating location. Often Postcode is the best available location attribute!
GRAPHC developed the G-Tag system to specifically address this issue and to support the protection of privacy and confidentiality of individuals while empowering data holdings for all researchers and administrators without compromising confidentiality.

Atlas of Frailty:

Frailty in community dwelling older people – using frailty screening as the canary in the coal mine

Motor-Neurone Disease mapping tool:

Exploring Australian clusters of MND cases near algal bloom outbreaks.

Bowel Cancer Screening Map Project:

To determine participation rates in the Rotary Bowelscan/BowelCare Program, variation in these as a function of location and socio-demographic characteristics and, where possible, comparability with participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP)


Service provided by GRAPHC. Data sourced from: Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) survey:

Optometry Australia:

The National Eye Health Heat Map, provides a visual representation of various epidemiological, demographic and service provision indicators associated with eye health at a population level.

Medical Students Outcomes Database: ;

GRAPHC was commissioned by Medical Deans to examine MSOD data from 2006 to 2010 and create an online mapping tool which would allow universities, policy makers and other stakeholders to reveal the regional source or footprint of medical school applicants and their intention to practice in urban/rural areas, analysed by area, university and background factors (such as rurality).


Interactive mapping example of a research project undertaken by GRAPHC exploring the relationship between Diabetes and Socio-Economic Status. This also shows the importance of small area geography in health research.:


Practical utility of general practice data capture and spatial analysis for understanding COPD and asthma.