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The annual Australian hospital statistics reports on hospital activity and operations have included analyses of the majority of the data elements included in this collection since 1993-94. The series can be accessed at the Australian hospital statistics page.
The data elements included in the NHMD are based on the National Minimum Data Set for Admitted Patient Care in METeOR Admitted patient care NMDS 2012-13.
For further information on diagnoses, procedures, external causes of injury and Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups, as well as the version used for each collection year see Coded clinical data.
Some of the information available in the NHMD is presented through hospitals data cubes. They contain information for:
The National Hospital Morbidity Database includes data from public acute, public psychiatric hospitals, private acute and psychiatric hospitals, and private free standing day hospital facilities and, until 1997-98, Department of Veterans' Affairs hospitals.
Exceptions within the public sector are public hospitals not within the jurisdiction of a State or Territory health authority or the Department of Veterans' Affairs (that is, hospitals operated by the Department of Defence, for example, and hospitals located in off-shore territories). In addition data are not available for some years for a few small public hospitals in some jurisdictions (detailed below).
In the private sector data are not available for some years for a few small private hospitals and free-standing day hospital facilities in some jurisdictions (detailed below).
A different methodology for collecting information on the scope was used from 1998-99 compared with earlier years. Therefore, the information below for 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00 and 1998-99 is likely to be more accurate than that provided for the earlier years, especially for private hospitals.
Extracts from the NHMD may be provided on request. A charge may apply. The amount charged will depend on the extract requirements and the complexity of the analysis undertaken.
Confidentialised data based on records included in the collection are available for a range of health service research and planning purposes.
To request data fromt his collection please contact the AIHW.