Indicator 3.11 Hospitalisation for ophthalmic conditions with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis
In 2017–18, there were around 2,200 hospitalisations for ophthalmic conditions (e.g. diabetic retinopathy) with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis—11 hospitalisations per 100,000 population.
Age-standardised rates have remained steady since 2012–13 (fluctuating between 10 and 12 per 100,000) (Figure 3.11.1).
Age and sex
In 2017–18, the hospitalisation rate peaked in the 75–84 age group (44 per 100,000 population) and was higher among men than women in each age group from 45–54 to 75–84. Rates were higher in women from 85+ years (Figure 3.11.1).
There was no difference in hospitalisation by remoteness or socioeconomic areas.
State and territory
Among the states and territories in 2017–18, rates were highest in Western Australia (18 per 100,000 population) and lowest in New South Wales (4 per 100,000 population) (Figure 3.11.2). Due to small numbers, rates were not published for the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory or for women in Tasmania.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
There were 108 hospitalisations for ophthalmic conditions with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2017–18, a rate of 22 per 100,000 population. The age-standardised rate of hospitalisations among this cohort was 2.8 times as high among Indigenous Australians as non-Indigenous Australians (28 and 10 per 100,000, respectively).
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3.11 Hospitalisation for ophthalmic conditions with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis among adults, by age group and sex, 2012–13 to 2017–18 and by selected population group, 2017–18