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New Research on Rates of Hospitalisation of Aged Care Facility Residents in Australia Highlight Significant Problem Areas

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New research by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety shows the rates of hospitalisation of aged care facility residents aged 65 years or more.

Hospitalisations are widely understood to be important indicators for monitoring the quality of aged care services, particularly in residential aged care facilities. However, in Australia publicly available information about this has been very limited. To develop a more comprehensive dataset on hospitalisations of people in permanent residential aged care, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety acquired hospital and emergency department data from every State and Territory for the period 2014/15 to 2018/19. The data was then linked to aged care records acquired from the Australian Government Department of Health.

The results from the dataset show a large number of people in permanent residential aged care aged 65 years or more are hospitalised, some for reasons that are potentially preventable.

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