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Radiotherapy in Australia 2016–17 

In 2016–17, over 63,500 courses of radiotherapy were delivered in Australia. 50% of all radiotherapy patients started treatment within 9 days, and 90% within 26 days. For those who needed emergency treatment (1.5% of courses), almost 95% began treatment within the recommended timeframe—on the same or the next day.

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).

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A potentially preventable hospitalisation indicator specific to general practice  

This exploration of potentially preventable hospitalisations focuses on conditions that may be prevented or managed best by general practice to minimise likelihood of admission. The proposed specification was developed in conjunction with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with a view to use as a flexible reporting and education tool for care improvement. Feedback is sought for this proposed specification.

Please send all submissions to [email protected] by 4 November 2018.

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.

Hospitalised injury due to land transport crashes 

This fact sheet focuses on hospitalised cases where a person was injured in an unintentional crash involving types of transport that operate on land. In 2014–15, nearly 57,000 people were hospitalised as the result of injuries sustained in land transport crashes. Of the cases where the crash location was specified, around 36,000 (64%) occurred in on-road crashes, and over 14,000 (26%) happened off-road. 

The fact sheet contains information about hospitalised injury cases due to land-transport crashes, particularly those that occurred on-road. This includes characteristics such as age and sex, type of road user and the main body regions affected.

Australia's hospitals at a glance 2016–17 

Australia’s hospitals 2016–17 at a glance provides summary information on Australia’s public and private hospitals. In 2016–17, there were 11.0 million hospitalisations in public and private hospitals combined, including 2.7 million involving surgery. Public hospitals also provided care for 7.8 million patients presenting to emergency departments, with 73% of patients seen within recommended times for their triage category and 72% completed within 4 hours. This publication is a companion to the 2016–17 Australian hospital statistics suite of publications.

Hospital resources 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2016–17:

  • there were 695 public hospitals in Australia, providing about two-thirds (62,000) of all hospital beds
  • total recurrent expenditure on public hospital services was $67 billion. About 66% of total recurrent expenditure (excluding depreciation) was for salaries, wages and superannuation. Medical, surgical and drug supplies accounted for 13% and administrative expenses accounted for a further 5%.
  • 365,000 full-time equivalent staff were employed in providing public hospital services. About 41% of staff were Nurses (151,000) and 12% were Salaried medical officers (44,000).

Non-admitted patient care 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2016–17, public hospital services provided about 36.7 million non-admitted patient service events, including:

  • 16.2 million service events in allied health and/or clinical nurse specialists clinics
  • 11.7 million service events in medical consultation clinics
  • 3.0 million service events in procedural clinics.

Admitted patient care 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2016–17, there were more than 11 million admissions to hospital—6.6 million in public hospitals and 4.4 million in private hospitals.

In public hospitals, a large proportion of admissions (43%) were considered emergencies, while in private hospitals admissions were more likely to be elective or other planned care.

Between 2012–13 and 2016–17, the number of hospitalisations rose by an average of 4.3% each year for public hospitals and 3.6% each year for private hospitals.

Hospitalised farm injury, Australia: 2010–11 to 2014–15 

Almost 22,000 people were hospitalised in the period from 2010–11 to 2014–15 as a result of injury which occurred on a farm; over three-quarters of them (77%) were males. Just over 71% of people hospitalised as a result of farm-related injury resided in Inner Regional and Outer regional remoteness zones. Injuries involving motorcycles and quad bikes accounted for 42% of hospitalisations in children aged 0–14 and 21% of hospitalisations in people aged 15 and over.

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.

MyHospitals: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in public and private hospitals in 2016–17  

This MyHospitals web update presents information on healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections for 677 Australian public hospitals and around 70 private hospitals in 2016–17.  Data are presented for total cases, and from 2016–17 cases are disaggregated by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA).

Private health insurance use in Australian hospitals, 2006–07 to 2015–16 

This report presents information on admitted patient hospitalisations that were completely or partially funded by private health insurance in Australia’s public and private hospitals over the past 10 years. It compares private health insurance-funded hospitalisations with hospitalisations for public patients and patients funded by other sources. Private health insurance is funding a growing proportion of public hospital admissions—rising from about 1 in 12 in 2006–07, to 1 in 7 in 2015–16.

MyHospitals: Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in private hospitals in 2015–16  

This MyHospitals web update presents information on Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bloodstream infections, commonly known as ‘Golden Staph’, contracted by patients in Australian private hospitals in 2015–16.

This web update includes data for 60 Australian private hospitals from 2010–11 to 2015–2016.

  • Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or ‘Golden staph’) is a type of bacterium that can cause an infection of the bloodstream and can be acquired after a patient receives medical care or treatment in hospital.