The latest data update on MyHospitals shows that hospital admissions in Australia rose by an average 3.3% per year between 2014-15 and 2018-19, double the population growth over the same period. According to new information released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) there were 11.5 million hospitalisations in Australia in 2018-19, up from 10.1 million in 2014-15.
The data released by AIHW shows hospital care shifting away from overnight stays over recent years, with the average length of stay declining and a shift toward more same-day hospitalisations. Same-day hospitalisations (where the patient does not stay overnight) have risen faster than overnight hospitalisations, largely due to increases in same-day stays for sub-acute and non-acute care (rehabilitation, certain types of geriatric and maintenance care and palliative care).
Six in 10 admissions were to public hospitals in 2018–19 and publicly funded hospital admissions grew faster than admissions funded by private sources (3.7% average growth per year compared with 2.6%).