Data source

These data are from the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD). For more information on the data drawn from the NHMD, please refer to Admitted patient care 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics.

Two NHMD data items—Care type and Additional diagnosis—capture information on palliative care. In this spotlight and the Admitted patient care series of reports Palliative care refers to separations with a Care type of Palliative care. More detailed information on the provision of palliative care is available in the AIHW's online Palliative care services in Australia publication which includes both separations with a Care type of Palliative care and/or an Additional diagnosis of Palliative care.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016. Deaths 2014. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2016. Admitted patient are 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics. Health services no. 68. Cat. no. HSE 172. Canberra: AIHW.