For the most up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the Department of Health website. Learn more about how the AIHW is assisting the COVID-19 response and how our other work is affected. Our Covid-19 related resources page includes a list of some existing resources which may be useful when researching issues related to COVID-19.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2017. Deaths in Australian hospitals 2014–15. Cat. no. WEB 186. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 September 2020, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/deaths-in-australian-hospitals-2014-15
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2017). Deaths in Australian hospitals 2014–15. Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/deaths-in-australian-hospitals-2014-15
Deaths in Australian hospitals 2014–15. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 10 March 2017, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/deaths-in-australian-hospitals-2014-15
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Deaths in Australian hospitals 2014–15 [Internet]. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017 [cited 2020 Sep. 24]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/deaths-in-australian-hospitals-2014-15
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017, Deaths in Australian hospitals 2014–15, viewed 24 September 2020, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/deaths-in-australian-hospitals-2014-15
Get citations as an Endnote file:
PDF | 1.6Mb
Information on patient deaths in public and private hospitals for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, and comparative information for the previous 10 years.
There were more male deaths in hospital (55%) than female deaths in hospital (45%)
The average length of stay before dying in hospital was 10.6 days, compared with 2.8 days for all hospital separations
In 2014–15, there were 76,856 admitted patient deaths in hospital
Since 2005–06, more than 93% of deaths in hospital were for patients aged 50 or over
Australian hospitals are an important part of Australia's health landscape and provide services to many Australians each year. Patients who go to hospital may have an urgent need for medical, surgical or other care, or may receive treatment for a long-term condition. Some patients who need urgent care are critically ill, while for some patients, a long-term condition may have resulted in a life threatening condition. It is hardly surprising, then, that for many Australians, a hospital is the location where death occurs.
This spotlight report looks at admitted patient deaths in Australian hospitals during 2014–15. Information includes how many deaths there were, how this has changed over time, characteristics of the people who died (such as their age and the reason for being admitted), and characteristics of the hospital episode (such as the type of care provided and how urgently care was required). Information is not included on the causes of the deaths as that type of information is not routinely available nationally.
More information on admitted patient care in Australian hospitals can be found in Admitted patient care 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics.
We'd love to know any feedback that you have about the AIHW website, its contents or reports.
The browser you are using to browse this website is outdated and some features may not display properly or be accessible to you. Please use a more recent browser for the best user experience.