Calculating the SWPE value

The Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) value of a practice is the sum of the fractions of care provided to practice patients, weighted for the age and of each patient.

As a guide, the average full-time general practitioner (GP) has a value of around 1,000 each year. For more information on the calculation of payments and the SWPE value, see the PIP guidelines.

The total care for each patient equals 1.0 and is known as the Whole Patient Equivalent (WPE). It is based on GP and other non-referred consultation items in the MBS, and uses a weighting value rather than the number of consultations per patient.

The weighted fractions of patient care are then added together, giving the SWPE value for the practice.

Weighting factors for Whole Patient Equivalents, August 2017

The table gives the values used in weighting for age and gender for August 2017. Weightings are subject to quarterly adjustments.

Patient age (years) < 1 1 to 4 5 to 14 15 to 24 25 to 44 45 to 64 65 to 74 75 +
Female 0.525 0.8281 0.5125 0.8375 1.0281 1.1063 1.4625 2.2125
Male 0.5656 0.9 0.5219 0.5406 0.6844 0.9031 1.3219 2.025

Page last updated: 11 September 2017