About the data

Interpreting hospitals data

To assist in interpreting hospitals data, more detailed information about the

  • data quality
  • definitions and classifications used
  • analysis methods

are available to download in the technical supplements below.

Technical supplements

Databases in the National Hospitals Data Collection

States and territories provide data on hospitals to the AIHW under the National Health Information Agreement. These data are compiled in the National Hospitals Data Collection (NHDC). The NHDC is comprised of the following databases:

  • National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • National Public Hospital Establishments Database
  • National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
  • National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
  • National Non-admitted Patient Care (aggregate) Database
  • National Non-admitted Patient Care (episode-level) Database

More information about each database is below:

Online data cubes

The AIHW publishes data cubes based on the National Hospitals Data Collection, you can access these from the following links:

Customised data analysis

If you are looking for statistics that are not available here, we also offer a data request service. Customised data analyses can be provided, subject to data quality and confidentiality requirements, from a range of AIHW-held databases. Please note that a fee may apply for this service.

National Hospitals Data Collection