Indicator 3.13 Hospitalisation for other complications with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis
In 2017–18, there were around 30,400 hospitalisations among Australian adults for other complications (e.g. kidney or circulatory complications) with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis—158 hospitalisations per 100,000 population.
Age-standardised rates have increased steadily from 119 per 100,000 population in 2012–13 to 140 per 100,000 population in 2017–18.
Age and sex
In 2017–18, the hospitalisation rate for other complications with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis was more than twice as high among men as women (195 and 91 per 100,000 population, respectively), after adjusting for age. This difference was consistent across all age groups (Figure 3.13.1).
In 2017–18, rates increased along with the level of remoteness, being 2.7 times as high among those living in Remote and very remote areas as Major cities (347 and 130 per 100,000, respectively). Rates also increased with the level of socioeconomic disadvantage, being 2.8 times as high among those living in the lowest socioeconomic areas as the highest socioeconomic areas (211 and 75 per 100,000 population, respectively) (Figure 3.13.2).
State and territory
Hospitalisation rates for other complications with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis in 2017–18 were highest in the Northern Territory (279 per 100,000 population) and lowest in the Australian Capital Territory (112 per 100,000 population). Other states had rates ranging from 117 to 158 per 100,000 population (Figure 3.13.2).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
There were around 2,200 hospitalisations for other complications among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis, equating to 454 hospitalisations per 100,000. The age-standardised hospitalisation rate among Indigenous Australians was almost 5 times that of non-Indigenous Australians (623 and 128 per 100,000, respectively). The disparity in rates between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations was greater in women than men (7 and 4 times as high compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts, respectively) (Figure 3.13.2).
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3.13 Hospitalisation for other complications with type 2 diabetes as a principal diagnosis, by age and sex, 2012–13 to 2017–18