A report on Aboriginal people's perceptions of the NSW hospital system by the NSW Bureau of Health Information has shown a gulf between their experiences and those of non-Aboriginal people in several key measures, which were more pronounced in rural hospitals.
Aboriginal patients were particularly lukewarm on the quality of their communications with clinical staff, whether they had enough privacy when discussing their treatment and whether appropriate arrangements were made for their discharge. However, there was little difference between them and non-Aboriginal patients in the way that they rated the physical environment and comfort, safety and hygiene.
The responses of 2682 Aboriginal patients to the Bureau's annual survey of admitted patients for 2014 comprise this report. Individual reports are also available for Western NSW and other local health districts.
Aboriginal patients have different experience of hospital, especially in country (Dubbo Liberal)