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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.
For highlights see Australia's hospitals at a glance.
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Australia’s public hospital emergency departments provide care for patients who may have an urgent need for medical or surgical care.
Patients who present to the emergency department are ‘triaged’; on presentation according to the urgency of their need for care.
This dashboard shows information on the more than 7.2 million presentations to public hospital emergency departments in 2013–14.
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 and is funded through private health insurance.
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.
In 2012–13, there were 1,338 hospitals in Australia. The 746 public hospitals accounted for about 68% of hospital beds and provided more than 7.9 million emergency services and more than 46 million outpatient services for non-admitted patients.
This dashboard shows information on the 9.4 million hospitalisations in public and private hospitals in 2012–13.
Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is a serious bloodstream infection that may be associated with hospital care. In 2012–13, 1,724 cases were reported, which was less than 1 case of SAB for every 10,000 days of patient care in Australia’s public hospitals.