Take own leave

 Take own leave refers to situations where hospital patients choose to leave prior to commencing or completing their treatment. This category includes two take own leave measures: incomplete emergency attendances and discharge from hospital against medical advice. Indigenous Australians are more likely to take their own leave from hospitals, and this is therefore viewed as an indirect measure of cultural safety, or the extent to which hospitals are responsive to Indigenous Australians patient needs.

The data reported for these two measures come from the national hospitals data collections.

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