Low back pain: communication is key – Practice Review MBS data

Quality use of medical tests is a core skill for healthcare professionals as not all tests add value. Develop your skills with this growing range of short practical modules.


The Practice Review is a four-page report regularly mailed to GPs in Australia. Its purpose is to support you in your professional development and quality improvement. Each report focuses on a specific clinical area and includes:

  • Background information about the clinical area of focus.
  • Your individual utilisation of MBS tests or dispensing data for PBS medicines.
  • Evidence-based points for reflection.
  • Aggregate data of GPs working in similar practices across Australia for comparison.
  • Additional data from the MedicineInsight general practice database (where available), to provide insights into the condition/s for which medicines or tests have been requested; this provides context to help you further interpret your data.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess patients with low back pain to rule out serious underlying conditions.
  2. Provide advice on self-management as first-line care to patients with non-specific low back pain to reduce unnecessary imaging.
  3. Use communication tips to discuss risks and benefits of imaging with patients so they can make better informed choices.

Continuing Professional Development


This activity has been approved for 2 points (CPD Activity) under the RACGP CPD Program for the 2020-2022 triennium (activity number: 292159).

Self-directed CPD

It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.

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