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Patient admissions

MyHospitals presents information about the number of admissions at individual hospitals. Admissions are presented by categories including childbirth, medical, surgical and specialist mental health. Admissions can include same-day or overnight stays. This information can be used to understand the types of patient this hospital most often cares for and the services that the hospital provides.

Data source

National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)

About the measure

An admission refers to the administrative process by which a hospital records the commencement of a new episode of care. Admissions are presented in the following categories:

  • Childbirth – defined as stays for caesarean delivery, vaginal delivery with operating room procedure or vaginal delivery using the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group system (AR-DRG)
  • Specialist mental health – defined as all stays at psychiatric hospitals and stays at other facilities which included psychiatric care days
  • Surgical – defined as stays that have a surgical AR-DRG
  • Medical – defined as stays that have a non-surgical AR-DRG
  • Surgical and medical stays are further divided into ‘emergency’ and ‘other’, based on the recorded urgency of admission – that is, whether admission was considered to be necessary within 24 hours (emergency) or not (other).

Admissions are grouped into categories using Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups version 6.0x. The categories are mutually exclusive, meaning that each admission is only grouped into one category, according to the descending order of priority as listed above.

Calculating the measure

Admissions are reported for public hospitals only, and exclude newborns without qualified days, people boarding at a facility and not receiving treatment or care, and deceased patients admitted for organ donation.

If an admissions count is less than five but greater than zero the value is marked as ‘<5’ and is excluded from the total count.