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Radiotherapy in Australia 2018–19 

In 2018–19, 74,200 courses of radiotherapy were delivered in Australia. Half of all radiotherapy patients started treatment within 10 days of being assessed as ready for care, and 90% within 27 days. For those who needed emergency treatment (1.5% of courses), 96% began treatment within the recommended timeframe—on the same or the next day.

Injury expenditure in Australia 2015–16 

Injuries were responsible for the third most health spending of all the burden of disease groups in 2015–16, accounting for an estimated $8.9 billion of health spending. This report provides estimates of health spending on injuries categorised according to both the nature and cause of the injury being treated or managed. Information is presented for total and per person spending by area of expenditure, patient demographics, Indigenous status, state, remoteness area, and the nature and external cause of injury based on the conditions included in the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015.

A comparison between the AIHW's National Hospital Morbidity Database and the ABS's Private Health Establishments Collection: 2009–10 to 2016–17 

Between 2009–10 and 2016–17, the number of private hospital admitted patient care separations reported through the Private Health Establishments Collection were consistently higher than those reported through the National Hospital Morbidity Database.

Disparities in potentially preventable hospitalisations across Australia, 2012-13 to 2017-18 

The potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) indicator is a proxy measure of primary care effectiveness. PPH are specific hospital admissions that potentially could have been prevented by timely and adequate health care in the community. This report highlights disparities in PPH rates between populations, particularly the very young and the elderly, those in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, remote areas, and Indigenous Australians, and illustrates some challenges and opportunities for PPH reporting.

More information is available in the companion web report Disparities in potentially preventable hospitalisations across Australia: Exploring the data.

Disparities in potentially preventable hospitalisations across Australia: Exploring the data 

The potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) indicator is a proxy measure of primary care effectiveness. PPH are specific hospital admissions that potentially could have been prevented by timely and adequate health care in the community. This report highlights disparities in PPH rates between populations, particularly the very young and the elderly, those in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, remote areas, and Indigenous Australians, and illustrates some challenges and opportunities for PPH reporting.

More information is available in the companion PDF report Disparities in potentially preventable hospitalisations across Australia, 2012–13 to 2017–18.

Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by age groups and small geographic areas, 2017–18 

The potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) indicator is a proxy measure of primary care effectiveness. PPH are certain hospital admissions that potentially could have been prevented by timely and adequate health care in the community. There are 22 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially preventable, across 3 broad categories: chronic, acute and vaccine-preventable conditions. This 2017–18 data update provides information by Primary Health Network (PHN) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3). Rates for two age groups (for people aged under 65 years, and 65 years and over) are also included.

Discussion of female genital mutilation/cutting data in Australia 

This report discusses existing and potential data sources on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Australia, identifying opportunities to enhance and develop systematically collected data collections. Data from one national data source, the National Hospital Morbidity Database, are presented, showing that 477 hospitalisations with an FGM/C diagnosis were recorded from 2015–16 to 2017–18.

Hospitals at a glance 2017–18 

Australia’s hospitals at a glance 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics provides an overview of information about Australia’s public and private hospitals. More detailed information is available in the Australian hospitals statistics suite of products.

Principal Diagnosis data cubes 

The principal diagnosis is defined as the diagnosis established after study to be chiefly responsible for occasioning the patient’s episode of care in hospital. In some cases, the principal diagnosis is described in terms of a treatment for an ongoing condition (for example, same-day care for dialysis).

Admitted patient care 2017–18 

In 2017–18, there were more than 11 million admissions to hospital—6.7 million in public hospitals and 4.5 million in private hospitals.

Between 2013–14 and 2017–18, the total number of hospital separations rose by an average of 3.8% per year from 9.7 million to 11.3 million

Public hospitals provided 92% of emergency admissions and, 41% of elective admissions. A large proportion of admissions to private hospitals were elective (81%).

Between 2013–14 and 2017–18, 3.8% on average each year—by 4.2% for public hospitals and by 3.3% for private hospitals.

Procedures data cubes 

A procedure is defined as a clinical intervention that is surgical in nature, carries a procedural risk, carries an anaesthetic risk, requires specialised training, and/or requires special facilities or equipment only available in an acute care setting. Procedures therefore encompass surgical procedures and also non-surgical investigative and therapeutic procedures.

Australian refined diagnosis-related groups (AR-DRG) data cubes 

Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs) is an Australian admitted patient classification system which provides a clinically meaningful way of relating the number and type of patients treated in a hospital (known as hospital casemix) to the resources required by the hospital. Each AR-DRG represents a class of patients with similar clinical conditions requiring similar hospital services.

Emergency department care 2017–18 

The Emergency department care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics web report presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments (EDs) between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. It includes information on overall activity, nationally agreed performance indicators on waiting times for care, time spent in the ED, and other waiting times statistics. It also includes comparative information for the previous 4 reporting periods.

A PDF version of this report was first published on 6 December 2018. Additional material was added on 1 March 2019:

  • web report
  • excel data tables
  • interactive data visualisations.

Elective surgery waiting times 2017–18 

Elective surgery waiting times 2017–18 focuses on information about public hospital elective surgery waiting lists. It presents information on overall activity, what elective surgery was provided and how long people waited for elective surgery.

A PDF version of this report was first published on 6th December 2018. Additional material was added on the 1st of March 2019:

  • Web based report
  • Excel data tables
  • Interactive data visualisation.

MyHospitals: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in public and private hospitals in 2017–18 

This MyHospitals web update presents information on healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections for 677 public hospitals and 157 private hospitals in Australia in 2017–18. Data are presented for total cases, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA).

Interactive web tools are provided to allow comparisons of public hospitals against other similar hospitals.

Bloodstream infections associated with hospital care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics 

Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SAB also called S. aureus, or ‘golden staph’) associated with healthcare can be serious, particularly when they are resistant to common antimicrobials.

In 2017–18, all states and territories had public hospital SAB rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 patient days.

Between 2013–14 and 2015–16, the SAB rate decreased from 0.89 to 0.74 cases per 10,000 patient days. It has remained around this level since (0.76 in 2016–17 and 0.73 in 2017–18).

Towards estimating the prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting in Australia 

The World Health Organization estimates that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) affects over 200 million women and girls across the world. This report provides an indication of the potential number of women and girls living in Australia who may have undergone FGM/C. The numbers presented are modelled estimates only, calculated by combining international household survey data with Australian population estimates.