Every year many Australians receive services as an outpatient in non-admitted patient clinics. These services are often associated with an emergency or admitted patient episode for which diagnostic or follow-up care is required without needing the person to be admitted to hospital. The types of care they receive include consultations with specialist medical practitioners, the provision of diagnostic or other procedures, and allied health or clinical nurse specialist services.
The non-admitted patient care data collections have information about services provided to non-admitted patients in Australian public hospitals, including the types of services provided, the types of clinics in which services take place, the users of services and the funding of services.
These data collections exclude non-admitted patient services provided during emergency department care and to admitted patients, as well as service events that deliver non-clinical care (e.g. in-home maintenance and cleaning).
Explore more details on the care provided to non-admitted patients via the links at the bottom of the page.
All data in these visualisations are available for download in the Data & downloads section of the MyHospitals website.
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38 million non-admitted patient service events were provided by public hospitals in various settings in 2019–20.
47 million non-admitted patient service events were provided by public hospitals in various settings in 2020–21.
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30% of service events in 2020–21 were for people 65 and over.
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21% of service events were for people living in areas classified as the lowest socioeconomic status.
Of the 35.1 million episode-level service events reported in 2020–21:
More information on these data are available in the Non-admitted patient care 2020–21 data tables.
Definitions of the terms used in this section are available in the Glossary.
Non-admitted patient care data encompasses:
In 2020-21, 75% of data provided to the non-admitted patient care data collections was episode-level data, and the aim is for the collection to eventually only report on episode-level data.
Clinic-level data are primarily used to report on 'total service events'. Where clinic-level data were unavailable, episode-level data were used to supplement the NNAPC(agg)D which enabled us to report on all non-admitted patient care services in the reporting year.
For the NNAP(el)D, counts represent each service event, not each patient. Therefore, patients who receive more than one non-admitted patient service event in the reporting period will have more than one record in the NNAP(el)D. Due to the changing scope of the Non-admitted patient care data collections, 2020–21 data are not comparable with previous reporting years and no time series data are provided.
Technical specifications for these collections can be found in the About the data section or on the METEOR website.
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