Monday, 14 December 2015

Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14.

The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) has released the report Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14.

The report finds:

* Nationally there were 600,267 hospitalisations for the 22 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially preventable, representing 6% of the 9.7 million hospital admissions in 2013–14. Hospitalisations from both public and private hospitals are included.

* Potentially preventable hospitalisations accounted for nearly 2.4 million bed days – equivalent to 8% of all public and private hospital bed days in 2013–14.

* The age-standardised rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations was almost three times higher in some PHN areas compared to others, ranging from 1,702 hospitalisations per 100,000 people in Northern Sydney PHN to 4,891 per 100,000 in Northern Territory PHN.

* Across more than 300 local areas (SA3s) the age-standardised rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations were nine times higher in some areas compared to others, ranging from 1,406 per 100,000 people in Pennant Hills-Epping (NSW) to 12,705 hospitalisations per 100,000 in Barkly (NT).

This report is accompanied by an interactive tool allowing users to explore the data in depth for their area and compare with other local communities.

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