Australian hospital statistics 2010-11
Australian hospital statistics 2010-11 presents a detailed overview of Australia's public and private hospitals. In 2010-11, there were 8.9 million separations from hospitals including: 4.9 million same-day acute separations; 3.5 million overnight acute separations; and about 367,000 sub-acute and non-acute separations. There were also 7.7 million non-admitted patient emergency services and almost 43 million outpatient services provided by public hospitals.
Of the 8.9 million hospital admissions, 5.3 million were in public hospitals and 3.6 million were in private hospitals. The increase in admissions was higher in public hospitals (4.1%) than in private hospitals (3.9%).
The increased admissions in public hospitals were accompanied by increased spending. Expenditure on public hospitals was $37 billion in 2010-11. This spending has been increasing faster than inflation, rising by an average of 5.9% each year between 2006-07 and 2010-11 and by 8.2% between 2009-10 and 2010-11.
This report has been released in conjunction with updates to the MyHospitals website.
Australia's hospitals 2010-11 at a glance
Australia's hospitals 2010-11 at a glance provides information on Australia's 1,340 public and private hospitals. In 2010-11, there were 8.9 million hospitalisations, including 2.2 million admissions involving surgery. Public hospitals provided 7.7 million non-admitted patient emergency services, with 70% of patients seen within recommended times for their triage category.
Australian hospital statistics 2010-11
Rural health advocates have urged federal MPs to ensure the work of local health professionals is not undermined with the use of fly-in fly-out medical staff. Concerns about the provision of rural health services have been highlighted by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) to the House of Representatives Regional Australia Committee's inquiry into fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) workers. NRHA told the committee policies and programs are needed to effectively balance the use of temporary staff and permanent workers in providing the best care possible to patients.
The NRHA emphasised in its submission to the inquiry that despite the potential for some problems, FIFO workers make a significant contribution to rural and remote health in areas of shortage and in some communities there is no other choice. But it said the design and operation of FIFO health services must provide support to healthcare workers already on the ground rather than contribute to the closure of existing health and aged care services.
The Australian Medical Association's Western Australia branch agrees. AMA WA president David Mountain told the inquiry there is a "noticeable dearth" of research and evidence into the full impact of FIFO practices on health, communities and small business. "Recent reports have shown significant health concerns around FIFO workers, ranging from diabetes, to obesity, mental health and heart issues, and it is important that any review involves this key area," Dr Mountain said.
In its submission to the inquiry the Royal Flying Doctor Service emphasised the importance of using FIFO staff to supplement local services. It also raised concerns about the impacts on its budget and ability to deliver services of increasing numbers of FIFO workers. Submissions and terms of reference are available from the Inquiry webpage.
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a safe, non-invasive technique that involves the passing of a very weak direct current into the brain through electrodes on the scalp. Patients remain awake and alert during the procedure.
The largest randomised controlled trial of tDCS ever undertaken, conducted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Black Dog Institute, recently confirmed the treatment’s significant antidepressant effects.
This is a particularly topical issue given current efforts to establish a national organisation to represent young people with disability, and the Australian Government's recent decision to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
See also : Youth disability - Snapshot, a short, sharp overview of the issues and the facts from the full briefing.
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The Alzheimer’s Australia report makes for sober reading. It is clear from the feedback received through the conversations that the issues that continue to beset the provision of care for people with dementia have not been given the prominence they deserve in the debate about the quality of aged care.
Authors from Charles Darwin University, the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and Menzies School of Health Research, published detailed research examining the implications of life expectancy and health conditions of older Indigenous people for health and aged care policy.
This has cast doubt on the assumptions behind Federal Government policy, which uses a demographic of 50 years and over for population-based planning for Indigenous Australians. This is compared with 70 years and over for non-Indigenous Australians.
Very few countries have a national dementia plan in place. The hope is that other countries will follow suit, using the report as a starting point for planning and implementation. According to ADI research, the number of people living with dementia worldwide, estimated at 35.6 million in 2010, is set to nearly double every 20 years, reaching 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.
According to lead author and Psychology Associate Professor Stuart Johnstone, investigations into alternative ADHD treatments for children began after parents expressed worry about over-medication.
The Newcastle team assessed the levels of 190 proteins in blood from 566 people with either Alzheimer’s Disease, mild cognitive impairment or normal cognition and showed that measuring a panel of 11 proteins in blood can provide a predictive test with more than 85 per cent accuracy. Monitoring the change in blood protein levels over time could increase accuracy above 90 per cent.
The study's findings are published in the prestigious PLoS ONE journal.
The latest workforce information on the AIHW's Mental Health Services in Australia website shows the number of psychiatrists (including psychiatrists-in-training) per 100,000 people increased at an average yearly rate of 1.4% between 2005 and 2009.
"The number of nurses who work principally in mental health increased at an average yearly rate of 1.5% over the same period," said AIHW spokesperson Mr Brent Diverty.
The website provides workforce information on psychiatrists, psychiatrists-in-training and nurses who work principally in mental health care.
Alzheimer's Australia thanked the Minister for taking part in a number of the 16 consultations that were held around the country and the opportunity provided by these consultations to empower people with dementia and family carers to tell their stories. CEO of Alzheimer's Australia, Glenn Rees, said the overwhelming feedback of those consulted was that the aged care system is not working well for people with dementia, and even less so for people from diverse communities. The report found that consumers have no clear pathway on how to access services and once consumers do find some support, it is often inflexible and cannot cope with the special needs that people with dementia and their carers require.
"There is a dramatic contrast between the experiences of the people with dementia and family carers who benefitted from timely diagnosis and referral to services, and the overwhelming majority of those who were traumatised by poor diagnosis, lack of information and care services that had next to no understanding of dementia," Mr Rees said. "People with dementia and their carers don't know where to turn to receive services and support that will actually help them even though dementia is a core function of aged care services with over 50% of aged care residents with a diagnosis of dementia.
Supervision and assessment of hospital based postgraduate medical trainees - 2012 (AMA Position Statement)
Professor Dobb said "Our hospitals are currently busier than ever, we have an increasing number of medical graduates, and the total amount of time and resources that can be dedicated to supervision activities is stretched to the limit. This all means that maintaining quality clinical supervision and assessment presents a significant challenge to governments, to hospitals, to supervisors, and to trainees."
In launching of the website, the Federal Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, said "I am delighted to see this new online resource available for all Australians, providing the latest evidence-based information about eating disorders. It is a strong collection of helpful material, designed to meet the needs of parents, teachers and health professionals, and draws from the most up-to-date international research and best practice."
The new website explains eating disorders, provides information on where to get help across Australia, and features an evidence-based clearinghouse for research and resources on eating disorders. Resources include clinical guidelines, fact sheets, school programs & statistics.
Shadow report 2012 On Australian governments' progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
The closing the gap health and health related-programs have continued to be rolled out in the past year and have the potential to make significant headway in relation to smoking cessation, infant health and chronic disease. But over 3 years after the programs were announced, we are not yet in a position to accurately assess if Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy is increasing in absolute terms, let alone whether the all-important relative gains are being made to close the 10 to 11 year gap with the non-Indigenous population.
There are mixed signals in the data. If current trends continue, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander under-5 mortality rates may fall within the range of the COAG Closing the Gap Target by 2018. However, much more progress needs to be made on reducing the number and proportion of low birth weight babies. While over the past two decades mortality data indicates the life expectancy gap may have narrowed, it is of concern that progress has slowed from 2001 onwards.