Admitted patients are patients who undergo a public or private hospital’s formal admission process to receive treatment and/or care. The types of care provided include surgical care, medical care, intensive care, newborn care, rehabilitation care, palliative care, and mental health care.
Explore more details on the care provided to admitted patients via the links at the bottom of the page.
Impact of COVID-19 on hospital activity in 2019–20
Australia’s hospital system has played a significant role in managing and treating people with the coronavirus virus (COVID-19). Between January to June in 2020, there were over 2,600 hospitalisations involving a COVID-19 diagnosis. For hospitalisations where the patient had a COVID-19 diagnosis:
The COVID-19 pandemic also had a profound impact on hospital activity more generally. The range of social, economic, business and travel restrictions, including restrictions on some hospital services, and associated measures in other healthcare services to support social distancing in Australia resulted in an overall decrease in hospital activity.
In 2019–20, the number of hospitalisations in Australia decreased by 2.8% compared to 2018–19, whereas previous year-to-year changes indicated a consistent upward trend. More information about the impact of COVID-19 on hospital activity can be found on the Admitted patient activity page.
For additional data relating to the impact of COVID-19 on:
All data in these visualisations are available for download in the Data & downloads section of the MyHospitals website.
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There were 11.1 million hospitalisations in 2019–20. This was a 2.8% decrease since 2018–19 due to the impact of COVID-19 on hospital admissions.
Admitted patient care bookmark 2
Males 0-14 and 55+ years were more likely to be hospitalised than females of similar age in 2019–20.
Admitted patient care bookmark 3
There were 6.9 million same-day hospitalisations in public and private hospitals in 2019–20. There was a 4.1% decrease for private hospitals since 2018–19.
Prior to this, year-to-year changes indicated a consistent upward trend. Between 2014–15 and 2018–19, hospitalisations increased by 3.3%, on average, per year—3.7% per year in public hospitals and 2.6% per year in private hospitals.
Between 2018–19 and 2019–20:
The decrease in Elective admissions involving surgery was likely due to changes in behaviours and healthcare provision during the COVID-19 pandemic, including restrictions on non-urgent elective surgery. These effects varied between public and private hospitals.
In 2019–20, around 2,600 hospitalisations involved a COVID-19 diagnosis. Among these hospitalisations:
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