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Australian hospital statistics 2012-13: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals

In 2012 13, all states and territories had rates of hospital-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) below the national benchmark, with rates ranging from 0.7 to 1.3 cases per 10,000 patient days.There were 1,724 cases of hospital-associated SAB reported for Australia, which occurred during approximately 18.8 million days of patient care.

National definitions for elective surgery urgency categories: proposal for the Standing Council on Health

In 2012, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons worked together to develop national definitions for elective surgery urgency categories, at the request of the Standing Council on Health. The development of the national definitions resulted in a package of six integrated components proposed for adoption. This report presents the proposed definitions and components.

Australia's medical indemnity claims 2011-12

This report presents data on the number, nature and costs of public sector (excluding Western Australia) and private sector medical indemnity claims for 2011-12. There were more new claims and closed claims in the private sector (around 1,750 in both cases) than the public sector (around 1,300 in both cases).  Around half of closed claims (54%) were for less than $10,000 compared with 41% that were settled for between $10,000 and $500,000 and 5% that were settled for $500,000 or more.

Australia's medical indemnity claims 2010-11

Australia's medical indemnity claims 2010-11 looks at the number, nature and costs of public sector (excluding Western Australia) and private sector medical indemnity claims. In 2010-11, there were more new claims in the public than the private sector (1,500 and 1,300 respectively) and similar numbers closed across the sectors (1,400 in the public sector and 1,450 in the private sector). About half of closed claims (53%) were for less than $10,000, compared with 41% settled for between $10,000 and $500,000, and 6% settled for $500,000 or more.

Australia's public sector medical indemnity claims 2009-10

This report presents data on the number, nature and costs of public sector medical indemnity claims for 2005-06 to 2009-10, with a focus on 2009-10 claims.  There were more new claims in 2009-10 (1,620) than in any of the three previous years (about 1,130 to 1,270 claims per year). As in previous years, the three health services most often implicated were Emergency department, General surgery and Obstetrics.

Public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia 2009-10

This report presents information on public and private sector medical indemnity claims for 2009-10. There were 9,415 medical indemnity claims open at some point during the year, including 2,900 new claims. A total of 2,647 claims were closed during the year. The main clinician specialties allegedly involved in the incidents giving rise to claims were General practice and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Australia's public sector medical indemnity claims 2008-09

This report presents data on the number, nature and costs of public sector medical indemnity claims for the period 2004-05 to 2008-09, with a focus on 2008-09 claims.  There were fewer new claims in 2008-09 (1,231) than in any of the four previous years (about 1,330 to 2,000 claims per year). As in previous years, the three health service contexts most often implicated were Accident and emergency, Obstetrics and General surgery.

Public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia 2008-09

This report presents information on public and private sector medical indemnity claims for 2008-09. There were 9,173 medical indemnity claims open at some point during the year, including 5,072 from the public sector and 4,101 from the private sector. The main clinician specialties allegedly involved in the incidents giving rise to claims were General practice and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia 2007-08

This report presents data for public and private sector medical indemnity claims, collected through the Medical Indemnity National Collection (MINC), for the period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008 and is the first report in its series to publish claim numbers. The information presented includes the circumstances giving rise to claims, the age and sex of the subjects of the claims, the alleged physical and mental effects on claim subjects, the specialties of clinicians involved, the size and finalisation mode of claims and the length of time that claims were open.

Australia's public sector medical indemnity claims 2007-08

Australia's public sector medical indemnity claims 2007-08 reports data on the number, nature, incidence and costs of medical indemnity claims in the public sector during the financial year from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008. Data are also presented on claims closed during the five year period between 2003-04 and 2007-08, and on new claims with a reserve set against them in each of these years. This report describes the allegations of harm that gave rise to claims, the alleged physical and mental effects on claim subjects, the specialties of clinicians involved, and the size, duration and outcomes of the medical indemnity claims.

Weight loss surgery in Australia

This report shows that there was a substantial increase in weight loss surgery in Australia, from approximately 500 separations in 1998-99 to 17,000 in 2007-08. In 2007-08, 90% of separations for weight loss surgery were in private hospitals, with private health insurance funding 82% of separations. In 2007-08, the estimated cost of hospital care for weight loss surgery was $108 million-approximately $15.2 million in benefits was paid through the Medicare Benefits Schedule for weight loss surgery-related procedures.

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2006-07: an analysis by remoteness and disease

Health expenditure patterns, and the ratios between Indigenous and non-indigenous expenditure, vary by remoteness and by the type of health expenditure. For example, Medicare Benefits Schedule expenditure was lower for Indigenous Australians and decreased with remoteness, but the level of disparity actually decreased with remoteness, from a ratio of 0.58 in major cities to 0.77 in remote areas. Disease grouping that includes diseases where kidney dialysis is a treatment, contributed substantially to health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2006-07, accounting for 10% of total admitted patient expenditure ($112.4 million).

Public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia 2006-07: a summary

Public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia 2006-07: a summary presents data from the combined Medical Indemnity National Collection of public and private sector claims. Data on claims that were current at any time over the period of 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 are included. The report includes the circumstances that gave rise to claims, the medical specialities involved in claims, the people making claims, the size of claims and the length of time they have been open.

Measuring and reporting mortality in hospital patients

'Measuring and reporting mortality in hospital patients' aims to develop national indicators of in-hospital mortality and was one of several projects conducted as part of the National Indicators Project commissioned by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. The project has two parts: a literature review focussing on methods for analysing and reporting in-hospital mortality, and a modelling project aimed at identifying national indicators of hospital mortality that can be implemented now and in the future.

Medical indemnity national data collection public sector 2006-07

The Medical Indemnity National Data Collection Public Sector 2006-07 report presents data on the number, nature, incidence and costs of medical indemnity claims in the public sector over the period from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. The report describes allegations of harm that gave rise to claims, the people affected by these allegations of harm, and the size, duration and outcomes of the medical indemnity claims.This is the fifth report derived from the Medical Indemnity National Collection (public sector), and the second report to look at trends in the data which now cover four full financial years of claims information. This report will be useful for policy makers, health administrators, clinicians and other health professionals, and users of health services.

Public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia 2005-06: a summary

Public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia 2005-06: a summary presents data from the combined Medical Indemnity National Collection (MINC) of public and private sector claims. Data on claims that were current at any time over the period of 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006 are included. The report includes the circumstances that gave rise to claims, the medical specialties involved in claims, the people making claims, and the size and length of time claims have been open.

Medical indemnity national data collection public sector 2005-06

The Medical Indemnity National Data Collection Public Sector 2005-06 report presents data on the number, nature, incidence and costs of public sector medical indemnity claims over the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006. The report describes incidents that gave rise to claims, the people affected by these incidents, and the size, duration and outcomes of medical indemnity claims. This is the fourth report originating from the Medical Indemnity National collection (public sector) and the first report to contain trended data incorporating three full financial years of claims information. It will be useful for policy-makers, health administrators, clinicians and health professionals, and health service providers.

Sentinel events in Australian public hospitals 2004-05

Sentinel events in public hospitals 2004-05 is the first joint publication of the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report presents data on the number and nature of sentinel events occurring in Australian hospitals over the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 and the factors that contributed to these serious adverse events. This is the first report of its kind to draw together data on sentinel events from all states and territories and paves the way for national reporting of health care safety and quality information to inform policy responses and initiatives.

A national picture of medical indemnity claims in Australia 2004–05

This report presents the first 12 months' data from the combined Medical Indemnity National Collection (MINC) of public and private sector medical indemnity claims. This is the first report on medical indemnity in Australia to combine public and private sector data. The data in this report cover claims current at any time during the reporting period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005. That is, claims that were open, new claims that arose, and claims finalised during the period. There is information on the incidents that give rise to and the medical specialties involved in claims, the people affected by these incidents, the nature of injury, and the size, outcome and length of time claims have been open.

How we manage stroke in Australia

How we manage stroke in Australia presents a comprehensive picture of the impact of stroke on patient, their carers, the heath system and aged care services. It brings together the latest Australian data on the various phases of the management of people with stroke across the continuum of care. Where possible, it compares current practice to clinical guidelines for best practice in the care of stroke patients. It identifies improvements in care, areas where more needs to be done and gaps in our knowledge.

Satisfaction with dental care 2002

This report provides information on aspects of satisfaction with recent dental visits. The level of satisfaction recorded shows the extent to which care received meets the needs and expectations of the patient. Care that is less satisfactory to the consumer is likely to be less effective.Differences by age groups, place of last visit, self-reported dental health and perceived need for a dental visit, cost satisfaction and language spoken at home are presented.

Mental health services in Australia 2003-04

This is a detailed report on Australia's mental health services which includes a wide range of data to provide a picture of the range of mental health-related services provided in the health and community services sectors. Included for the first time is information on mental health-related supported accommodation services from the AIHW's Supported Accommodation Assistance Program National Data Collection.

Australia's mothers and babies 2003

Australia's Mothers and Babies 2003 is the thirteenth in the annual series prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's (AIHW) National Perinatal Statistics Unit (NPSU), providing national information on the pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies. It is a collaborative effort of the NPSU and states and territories, and is for use by researchers, academics, students, policy makers and health service planners, and those providing services in reproductive health.

General practice activity in Australia 2004-05

This publication is the 18th in the General Practice Series produced by the Australian General Practice Statistics and Classification Centre, a Collaborating Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the University of Sydney. It reports the results of the seventh year of the BEACH program, April 2004 to March 2005. Data reported by 953 general practitioners on 95,300 GP-patient encounters are used to describe aspects of general practice in Australia: the general practitioners and their patients; the problems managed and the treatments provided. Information is also reported on body weight to height ratio, smoking status and alcohol use of a subsample of patients. Changes that have occurred since 1998-99 are investigated. Aspects of the management of psychological problems, asthma, arthritis, lipid disorders and injuries are examined in greater detail. Data for each of the last five years of BEACH are summarised in the appendices to this report.

Cervical screening in Australia 2002-2003

The report presents most recent information on participation in cervical screening, rate of early re-screening, low-grade and high-grade abnormalities detected, incidence of cervical cancer and mortality. Analyses of incidence and mortality data by location (major cities, regional and remote) as well as mortality by Indigenous status are also presented. Where possible, data are presented by state and territory stratification.

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