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Hospitals are an important part of Australia's health landscape, providing services to many Australians every year.
For detailed information see Australian hospital statistics reports.
For highlights see Australia's hospitals at a glance.
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Australia’s hospitals at a glance presents key summary statistics from each of the AIHWs Australian hospital statistics publications.
In 2013–14, there were 747 public hospitals and 612 private hospitals.
In 2013–14, about 26 million outpatient services were provided by Australia’s public hospitals.
In 2013–14, there were about 9.7 million hospitalisations in public and private hospitals.
Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is a serious bloodstream infection that may be associated with hospital care. In 2013–14, 1,621 cases were reported, which was less than 1 case of SAB for every 10,000 days of patient care in Australia’s public hospitals.
Australia’s public hospital emergency departments provide care for patients who may have an urgent need for medical or surgical care.
Elective surgery is surgery that is not required on an emergency basis and can be planned in advance. About two-thirds of elective surgery in Australia is provided in private hospitals (for which waiting times are not available).
Patients who have elective surgery in public hospitals are usually placed on a waiting list and wait for varying periods of time, influenced by the urgency of their need for surgery.
This dashboard shows information on elective surgery in public hospitals in 2013–14.