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released: 27 May 2005 author: AIHW media release

Australian Hospital Statistics 2003-04 provides an eleventh year in the Institute's comprehensive annual statistical reporting of statistics on Australia's hospitals. Detailed information is presented on hospital care and hospitals in 2003-04, as are summaries of changes over time, and comparisons between public and private hospitals. Included are statistics on admissions to public and private hospitals in 2003-04, covering the age and sex of patients, diagnoses, procedures, lengths of stay and waiting times for elective surgery. Also included are hospital expenditure, revenue and bed numbers, and a range of hospital performance indicators reported using the National Health Performance Framework. Included for the first time in 2003-04 are more comprehensive statistics about patients who presented to selected public hospital emergency departments. The statistics now cover patients' demographics, triage categories, waiting times, durations of care and a range of other data. This report is a useful resource for health planners, administrators and researchers with an interest in the Australian hospital system.

ISSN 1036 613 X; ISBN 978 1 74024 468 8; Cat. no. HSE 37; 363pp.; Out of print

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Additional material

Excel tables with additional data to that presented in the above PDF version

  • Chapter 7: Administrative data for admitted patientsThe following tables from Chapter 7 are presented by selected funding source groups in the PDF version of the tables and by all funding sources in the excel version of the tables. For Table 7.6, the PDF version presents these data by ten year age groups while the excel version of this table presents these data by five year age groups.
    • Table 7.2: Separations(a), by patient election status, funding source and hospital sector, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table 7.3: Separations(a) per 1,000 population by patient election status, funding source and hospital sector, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table 7.4: Average cost weight of separations(a) by patient election status, funding source and hospital sector, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table 7.5: Patient days(a), by patient election status, funding source and hospital sector, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table 7.6: Separations(a) per 1,000 population by patient election status, funding source and age group, all hospitals, 2003-04
  • Chapter 8: Demographic profile for admitted patients Age group and sexThe following tables are presented by 10-year age groups in the PDF version of the tables and by 5-year age groups in the excel version of the tables.
    • Table 8.1: Separations, by age group, sex and hospital sector, Australia, 1999-00 to 2003-04 Table 8.2: Separations, by age group and sex, public hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table 8.3: Separations, by age group and sex, private hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table 8.4: Patient days, by age group, sex, and hospital sector, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table 8.5: Patient days, by age group and sex, public hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table 8.6: Patient days, by age group and sex, private hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
  • Chapter 11: External causes for admitted patients
    The following tables are presented by 10-year age groups in the PDF version of the tables and by 5-year age groups in the excel version of the tables.
    • Table 11.3: Separations for males, by external cause in ICD-10-AM groupings and age group, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table 11.4: Separations for females, by external cause in ICD-10-AM groupings and age group, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04

Additional appendixes

  • Chapter 9: Principal diagnoses for admitted patients (Supplementary tables 634K XLS)
    • Table S9.1: Selected separation statistics for all principal diagnoses in 3-character ICD-10-AM groupings, public hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S9.2: Selected separation statistics for all principal diagnoses in 3-character ICD-10-AM groupings, private hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S9.3: Separations for males, by age group and principal diagnosis in ICD-10-AM chapters, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S9.4: Separations for females, by age group and principal diagnosis in ICD-10-AM chapters, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
  • Chapter 10: Procedures for admitted patients (Supplementary tables 558K XLS)
    • Table S10.1: Selected separation statistics for procedures in ICD-10-AM blocks, public hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S10.2: Selected separation statistics for procedures in ICD-10-AM blocks, private hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S10.3: Separations for males, by age group and procedure in ICD-10-AM chapters, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S10.4: Separations for females, by age group and procedure in ICD-10-AM chapters, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
  • Chapter 12: Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups for admitted patients
    (Full set of tables 4.8M XLS ) Note 17
    • Table S12.1: Selected separation statistics, by Major Diagnostic Category version 4.2 and medical/surgical/other partition, public hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.2: Selected separation statistics, by Major Diagnostic Category version 4.2 and medical/surgical/other partition, private hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.3: Separations, by Major Diagnostic Category version 4.2 and medical/surgical/other partition, public hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table S12.4: Separations, by Major Diagnostic Category version 4.2 and medical/surgical/other partition, private hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table S12.5: Separations for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest changes in the total number of separations, by hospital sector, Australia, 1999-00 to 2003-04
    • Table S12.6: Separations for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest changes in the total numbers of separations, by patient election status, Australia, 1999-00 to 2003-04
    • Table S12.7: Selected separation statistics for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of overnight separations, public hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.8: Selected separation statistics for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of overnight separations, private hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.9: Selected separation statistics for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of same day separations, public hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.10: Selected separation statistics for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of same day separations, private hospitals, Australia, 2003-04 Table S12.11: Selected separation statistics for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, private free-standing day hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.12: Selected separations statistics for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, public psychiatric hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.13: Separations for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, public hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table S12.14: Separations for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, private hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table S12.15: Average length of stay (days) for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, public hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table S12.16: Average length of stay (days) for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, private hospitals, states and territories, 2003-04
    • Table S12.17: Separations for males for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, by age group, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.18: Separations for females for the 30 AR-DRGs version 4.2 with the largest number of separations, by age group, all hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.19: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.20: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, private hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.21: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, New South Wales, 2003-04
    • Table S12.22: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, private hospitals, New South Wales, 2003-04
    • Table S12.23: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, Victoria, 2003-04
    • Table S12.24: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, private hospitals, Victoria, 2003-04
    • Table S12.25: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, Queensland, 2003-04
    • Table S12.26: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, private hospitals, Queensland, 2003-04
    • Table S12.27: Separations, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, Western Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.28: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, private hospitals, Western Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.29: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, South Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.30: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, private hospitals, South Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.31: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, Tasmania, 2003-04
    • Table S12.32: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, Australian Capital Territory, 2003-04
    • Table S12.33: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 4.2, public hospitals, Northern Territory, 2003-04
    • Table S12.34: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.35: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, private hospitals, Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.36: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, New South Wales, 2003-04
    • Table S12.37: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, private hospitals, New South Wales, 2003-04
    • Table S12.38: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, Victoria, 2003-04
    • Table S12.39: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, private hospitals, Victoria, 2003-04
    • Table S12.40: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, Queensland, 2003-04
    • Table S12.41: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, private hospitals, Queensland, 2003-04
    • Table S12.42: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, Western Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.43: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, private hospitals, Western Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.44: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, South Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.45: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, private hospitals, South Australia, 2003-04
    • Table S12.46: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, Tasmania, 2003-04
    • Table S12.47: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, Australian Capital Territory, 2003-04
    • Table S12.48: Separation, same day separation, patient day, average length of stay and cost statistics for all AR-DRGs version 5.0, public hospitals, Northern Territory, 2003-04

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above.

Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. 20050527: - In the PDF version, the average length of overnight stay in private hospitals on page xii has been corrected to 5.6 days.
  2. This site will be updated with revised tables for Chapters 2, 4, 7 and 12 when 2003-04 AR-DRG cost weight information becomes available from the Department of Health and Ageing's National Hospital Cost Data Collection. Updates will also be provided for the tables in Chapters 2 and 4 and Appendix 4 when data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2003-04 Private Health Establishments Collections become available.
  3. 20050601: - In the full publication PDF version, the continuation page of Table 4.8 on page 68 has been amended to include diabetes complications, previously omitted.
    • Previous online full publication (2.10M PDF)
  4. 20050711: - The data in Tables 11.3 and 11.4 has been presented in five year age groups rather than ten year age groups, to conform with previous publications and with the age groups used in the internet tables for other chapters. This update has been applied to the excel workbook only.
  5. 20050713: - Appendix 7 has been updated following the publication of the Department of Health and Ageing's The state of our public hospitals, June 2005 report.
    • Previous online full publication (2.12M PDF)
  6. 20050718: - The time series tables for chapter 2 have been updated with the hidden columns containing old data removed. This update has been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Chapter 2 - previous version: (183K XLS tables)
  7. 20050919: - Table 7.17 has been updated to correct the assignment of the 'Surgical' and 'Other' categories presented in this table. This update has been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Chapter 7 - previous version: (260K XLS tables)
  8. 20050921: - Selected tables in Appendix 4 have been updated to incorporate ABS Private Health Establishments Collection data 2003-04. This update has been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Appendix 4 - previous version: (299K XLS tables)
  9. 20050926: - Tables 2.1, 2.2 and 2.6 in Chapter 2 have been updated to incorporate ABS private hospital numbers. This update has been applied to the excel workbook only. (39K XLS tables)
    • Chapter 2 - previous version: (183K XLS tables)
  10. 20050927: - Table 4.4 in Chapter 4 has been updated to incorporate ABS private hospital data. This update has been applied to the excel workbook only. (25K XLS tables)
    • Chapter 4 - previous version: (371K XLS tables)
  11. 20051128: - Tables 2.1 and 2.2 in chapter 2, tables 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6 in chapter 3 and tables 4.3 and 4.4 in chapter 4 have been updated due to resupply of psychiatric hospital data from South Australia and corrections to accreditation status data from Western Australia and average salary from Victoria. This update has been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Chapter 2 - previous version: (166K XLS tables)
    • Chapter 3 - previous version: (96K XLS tables)
    • Chapter 4 - previous version: (371K XLS tables)
  12. 20051221: - Tables 2.3 and 2.4 have been updated with 2003-04 public hospital cost weights for AR-DRG Version 4.2 unavailable at the time of publication, and rows have been added for 2003-04 AR-DRG Version 5.0 public hospital cost weights unavailable at the time of publication. Relative stay indexes in Table 2.3 have been updated with a new AR-DRG Version 5.0 methodology. Private hospital expenditure (constant prices) data in Table 2.1 have been recalculated using the ABS's Household Final Consumption Expenditure deflators. The updates have been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Chapter 2 - previous version: (164K XLS tables)
  13. 20051221: - Tables 4.1, 4.2, 4.12 and 4.13 have been updated with 2003-04 public hospital cost weights for AR-DRG Version 4.2 unavailable at the time of publication, and alternative versions of these tables have been created with AR-DRG Version 5.0 updated 2003-04 cost weights unavailable at the time of publication. Relative stay indexes in these tables have been updated with a new AR-DRG Version 5.0 methodology. The updates have been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Chapter 4 - previous version: (365K XLS tables)
  14. 20051221: - The average cost weight of public hospital separations shown in Tables 7.4 and 7.9 have been updated with 2003-04 public hospital cost weights for AR-DRG Version 5.0 unavailable at the time of publication. The updates have been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Chapter 7 - previous version: (266K XLS tables)
  15. 20051221: - Cost by volume data have been added to the public hospital tables 12.1, 12.7, 12.9 and 12.12 based on 2003-04 public hospital cost weights for AR-DRG Version 5.0 unavailable at the time of publication. Relative stay indexes in tables 12.1 and 12.2 have been updated with a new AR-DRG Version 5.0 methodology. The updates have been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Chapter 12 - previous version: (319K XLS tables)
  16. 20051221: - Tables A3.5, A3.6 and A3.7 have been updated with 2003-04 public hospital cost weights for AR-DRG Version 4.2 unavailable at the time of publication, and alternative versions of these tables have been created with AR-DRG Version 5.0 updated 2003-04 cost weights unavailable at the time of publication. Relative stay indexes in these tables have been updated with a new AR-DRG Version 5.0 methodology. The updates have been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Appendix 3 - previous version: (172K XLS tables)
  17. 20051221: - Cost by volume data for public hospitals shown in Tables S12.1, S12.7, S12.9, S12.12, S12.19, S12.21, S12.23, S12.25, S12.27, S12.29, S12.31, S12.32 and S12.33 have been updated with 2003-04 public hospital cost weights for AR-DRG Version 4.2 unavailable at the time of publication. Cost by volume data for public hospitals shown in Tables S12.34, S12.36, S12.38, S12.40, S12.42, S12.44, S12.46, S12.47 and S12.48 have been updated with 2003-04 public hospital cost weights for AR-DRG Version 5.0 unavailable at the time of publication. Relative stay indexes in tables S12.1 and S12.2 have been updated with a new AR-DRG Version 5.0 methodology. The updates have been applied to the excel workbook only.
    • Additional appendixes Chapter 12 - previous version: (4.9M XLS tables)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2005. Australian hospital statistics 2003-04. Health services series no. 23. Cat. no. HSE 37. Canberra: AIHW.