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New release from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Australia’s hospitals at a glance

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released updated information on public hospital elective surgery waiting times and emergency department care in 2021–22 with national, state and territory, local hospital network and hospital-specific data on their MyHospitals platform.

Australia’s hospitals at a glance provides an overview of the information available on the MyHospitals national  reporting platform. It presents summary information about Australia’s public and private hospitals across the following themes:

  • Spending on hospitals
  • Hospitals workforce
  • Hospital activity
  • Access to hospitals
  • Hospital safety and quality.

The latest data update shows the number of patients treated in the 2021–22 financial year from Australia’s public hospital elective surgery waiting lists (‘elective’ meaning non-emergency) fell to the lowest level since 2010–11. This was associated with disruptions to hospital services as a result of COVID-19.  New information on emergency department care was also released, showing there were 8.79 million presentations in 2021–22, a small decrease from 8.81 million in 2020–21.

Included in this data update:

  • Emergency department care 2021–22 presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments (EDs). In 2021–22, there were 8.8 million presentations to EDs.
  • Elective surgery waiting times 2021–22 present key statistics about public hospital elective surgery waiting lists. In 2021–22, there were 623,000 patients admitted from public hospital elective surgery waiting lists.

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