3.06 Access to hospital procedures

This measure reports on the key hospital procedure differentials between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for hospitalisation with the same principal diagnosis.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on the key hospital procedure differences between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australians for hospitalisation with the same principal diagnosis. Studies have shown that, although Indigenous Australians are more likely to be hospitalised than non‑Indigenous Australians, they are less likely to receive a medical or surgical procedure while in hospital. The disparities are not explained by diagnosis, age, sex or place of residence (ABS & AIHW 2008; Cunningham 2002). Research has shown that the most significant factors were: whether the hospital was a public or private hospital, the number of principal and additional diagnoses, state/territory of usual residence, Indigenous status, age group, remoteness of usual residence, and sex (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • National Hospital Morbidity Database

References

  • ABS & AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2008. The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2008. Cat. no. IHW 21.
  • Canberra: AIHW. Canberra: ABS and AIHW.
  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.
  • Cunningham J 2002. Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures among Australian hospital patients identified as Indigenous. Medical Journal of Australia 176:58–62.