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Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian hospitals 2016–17  

In 2016–17, Australian public hospitals reported 1,502 cases of hospital-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) at a rate of 0.76 cases per 10,000 days of patient care. All states and territories had rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 days of patient care. Between 2012–13 and 2015–16, rates of SAB decreased from 0.94 to 0.74 cases per 10,000 days of patient care; this increased to 0.76 in 2016–17.

Children’s Headline Indicators 

The Children’s Headline Indicators (CHI) are a set of 19 indicators endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Conference, Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference and the Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee. They are high level measureable indicators that identify the immediate environments as particularly important to children’s health, development and wellbeing. The CHI are presented from 2006 to 2016, depending on CHI, and are grouped into 3 broad topic areas—Health, Early learning and care and Family and community.

Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics  

In 2015–16, 1,440 cases of hospital-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) were reported in Australian public hospitals. The national rate of SAB in public hospitals was 0.73 cases per 10,000 days of patient care, and all states and territories had rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 days of patient care. Between 2011–12 and 2015–16, rates of SAB decreased from 0.96 cases to 0.73 cases per 10,000 days of patient care.

Radiotherapy in Australia: report on the second year of a pilot collection 2014–15 

In this report on the second pilot year collection of national radiotherapy data, data were received from 66 out of 74 service locations across Australia. These services contributed information on over 56,400 courses of radiotherapy delivered in 2014–15. For non-emergency treatment, 50% of patients started treatment within 10 days and 90% started within 28 days. For those who needed emergency treatment, 91% began treatment within the emergency timeframe.

Diabetes indicators 

Diabetes indicators are a set of key national statistics on diabetes, risk factors and diabetes-related complications. These standardised measures provide important information for establishing benchmarks; monitoring the health of the population; comparing population groups; and evaluating the effectiveness of policy, prevention and management strategies.

OECD health-care quality indicators for Australia 2015 

This report summarises information Australia provided to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Health at a glance 2015 report, and compares data supplied by Australia in 2015 with data it supplied for previous years and with data reported by other OECD countries. The OECD HCQIs provide a common set of data about the quality of health care delivered across participating OECD member countries.

National Health Data Dictionary: version 16.1 

The National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) provides national data standards for the health sector. This version (Version 16.1) reflects changes to data standards between May 2012 and the end of June 2013. Six national minimum data sets, 5 data set specifications, 61 data elements, 4 classification schemes and 5 glossary items have been added to the NHDD. Eighteen national minimum data sets, 15 data set specifications, 89 data elements, 6 classification schemes and 5 glossary items have been superseded or retired since the previous version of the NHDD (Version 16) was published.

National Health Data Dictionary: version 16.2 

The National Health Data Dictionary (NHDD) provides national data standards for the health sector. This version (Version 16.2) reflects changes to data standards between July 2013 and June 2014. Eight national minimum data sets, 12 data set specifications, 16 data element clusters, 174 data elements, 13 classification schemes and 13 glossary items have been added to the NHDD. Nine national minimum data sets, 4 data set specifications, 7 data element clusters, 64 data elements, 1 classification schemes and 1 glossary item have been superseded and 12 data elements have been retired since the previous version of the NHDD (Version 16.1) was published.

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 8, 2014 

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) provides national data standards for the community services sector. This latest version (version 8) reflects changes to data standards between July 2012 and end-April 2014. Two data set specifications, 2 data element clusters, 96 data elements, 2 classifications and 8 glossary items have been added to the NCSDD. One national minimum data set, 3 data elements and 2 classifications have been superseded since the previous version of the NCSDD (version 7) was published.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: Hearing Health Services 2012–2013 

This report presents data on the Indigenous children who participated in the audiology and Child Hearing Health Coordinator (CHHC) programs delivered under the National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory. During 2012–2013, 1,807 audiology services were provided to 1,541 children. A total of 174 children participated in the CHHC program and presented for 181 visits. Of children who received audiology services, 72% were diagnosed with at least one type of middle ear condition and about 10% had moderate, severe or profound hearing impairment.

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.

National Health Data Dictionary 2012 version 16 

The National Health Data Dictionary provides national standards for the broader health sector. This update reflects changes to data standards between 1 July 2010 and 30 April 2012. During this time 10 data set specifications, 23 data element clusters, 177 data elements, one classification and 20 glossary items have been added. Twelve national minimum data sets, two data set specifications, 96 data elements, five classifications and three glossary items have been superseded, and three national standards have been retired since version 15 of the NHDD was published.

National Community Services Data Dictionary, version 7, 2012 

The National Community Services Data Dictionary (NCSDD) provides national standards for the broader community services sector. This latest version reflects changes to data standards between July 2010 and June 2012. Five data set specifications, 78 data elements, four classifications and five glossary items have been added to the dictionary. Two national minimum data sets, two data element clusters, 58 data elements and four classifications have been superseded, and six national minimum data sets retired since the previous version of the NCSDD was published.

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 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.