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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.

Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in public and private hospitals in 2016–17 (Hospital level data)  

Updated information on healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections for 677 Australian public hospitals and around 70 private hospitals in 2016–17 is now available on 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 patients 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.

Variation in hospital admission policies and practices: Australian hospital statistics 

This report describes variations in admission policies and practices and how these differences may be impacting on national data on admitted patient care in Australia’s hospitals. For the reporting period 2013–14, hospital admission practice variation was greatest for short-stay, same-day admissions, with data consistency and comparability relatively good for overnight patients.

Radiotherapy in Australia 2015–16 

In 2015–16, 60,600 courses of radiotherapy were delivered in Australia. For non-emergency treatment, 50% of patients started treatment within 9 days, and 90% within 27 days. For those who needed emergency treatment, 91% began treatment within the emergency timeframe. Data covered effectively 100% of courses delivered in Australia.

Australia's hospitals at a glance 2015–16 

Australia’s hospitals 2015–16 at a glance provides summary information on Australia’s public and private hospitals. In 2015–16, there were 10.6 million hospitalisations (6.3 million in public hospitals, 4.3 million in private hospitals). The average length of stay was over 5 days (5.7 days in public hospitals; 5.2 days in private hospitals). 1 in 4 hospitalisations involved a surgical procedure. 27% were emergency admissions. 149,000 hospitalisations involved a stay in intensive care. 60% were same-day hospitalisations.

Hospital resources 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2015–16, there were 701 public hospitals in Australia accounting for about two-thirds (61,000) of all hospital beds. There were 630 private hospitals with 33,100 hospital beds. Total recurrent expenditure on public hospital services was about $64 billion. About 57% of this was for admitted patient care, 18% for outpatient care, 10% for emergency care services, 2% for teaching, training and research and 13% for all other services.

Non-admitted patient care 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2015–16, about 33.4 million non-admitted patient service events were provided by 604 public hospitals, including: 15.3 million service events in allied health and/or clinical nurse specialists clinics; 9.7 million service events in medical consultation clinics; 2.6 million service events in procedural clinics.

Weight loss surgery in Australia 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics 

Weight loss surgery in Australia 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics is a new report in AIHW’s series of summary reports describing the characteristics of hospitals and hospital services in Australia. In 2014–15, there were about 22,700 hospital separations involving one or more weight loss surgery procedures. Seven in 8 of these separations occurred in private hospitals. Around 18,000 of weight loss surgery separations, or 79%, were for female patients. From 2005–06 to 2014–15, the total number of weight loss surgery separations more than doubled, from about 9,300 to 22,700.

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).

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.

Admitted patient care 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2015–16, there were about 10.6 million separations in Australia’s public and private hospitals—about 59% occurred in public hospitals. There were 30 million days of patient care reported for admitted patients—20.2 million in public hospitals and 9.7 million in private hospitals. Between 2011–12 and 2015–16: the number of separations rose by 3.5% on average each year; the number of public patient separations rose by an average of 2.9% each year, compared with 5.5% per year for separations paid for by private health insurance; the median waiting time for elective surgery for public patients in a public hospital was 42 days, while it was 20 days for patients who used private health insurance to fund all or part of their admission.

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.

Hospitalised burn injuries Australia 2013–14 

This report provides information on cases of burn injury requiring hospitalisation in Australia. While burn injuries make up a small fraction (1%) of all hospitalisations for injury, they are often the most serious and result in numerous re-admissions and long lengths of stay. In 2013–14 there were 5,430 cases of hospitalised burn injury of which about two-thirds were male. Almost half of all cases (45%) were caused by contact with heat and hot substances such as hot drinks, food, fats and cooking oils.

Elective surgery waiting times 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2015-16: about 712, 000 patients were admitted to Australian public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists; 50% of patients were admitted within 37 days, and 90% within 260 days; about 2.0% of patients had waited more than a year for their surgery, an improvement compared with 2.7% in 2011–12.

Emergency department care 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics 

In 2015–16: There were about 7.5 million presentations to public hospital emergency departments; 74% of patients received treatment within an appropriate time for their urgency (triage) category; 73% of patients spent 4 hours or less in the emergency department; 2.2 million patients were admitted to hospital from the emergency department, and 49% of these were admitted within 4 hours.