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The nature of services provided for admitted patients can be classified to broad categories of service, including hospitalisations for Childbirth, Mental health care, Subacute and non-acute care, Medical acute care (not involving a procedure), Surgical acute care (involving an operating room procedure) or a non-surgical procedure, such as endoscopy (Other acute care).
Information is also presented on hospitalisations that included intensive care.
Between 2013–14 and 2017–18:
Mental health care is care with a goal to improve the symptoms and/or psychosocial, environmental and physical functioning related to a patient’s mental disorder.
An intensive care unit (ICU) can provide complex, multi-system life support.
A newborn admission to hospital can occur at any time within the first 9 days of life, including at the time of birth.
Rehabilitation care is aimed at improved functioning—for example after injury, knee reconstruction, hip replacement, heart attack or stroke.
In 2017–18, for hospitalisations involving rehabilitation care:
Between 2013–14 and 2017–18, rehabilitation care increased by an average of 9.8% per year in private hospitals and was relatively stable in public hospitals.
Palliative care is care in which the primary clinical purpose or treatment goal is to optimise the quality of life of a patient with an active and advanced life-limiting illness.
Between 2013–14 and 2017–18, palliative care hospitalisations remained stable for private hospitals and increased by an average of 4.7% per year for public hospitals.
For more information on intensive care, newborn care, rehabilitation and palliative care, see Chapter 5 of Admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics.
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