Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14 - Report - Introduction

Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14

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Introduction

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

In this report, potentially preventable hospitalisations were not able to be reported separately for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the local level (PHN or SA3). For more detail see this report’s Technical Supplement. The Authority aims to report these data in the future.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 20144 has reported substantially higher rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared to non-Indigenous Australians, as follows:

In the two-year period from July 2011 to June 2013, rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations were three times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared to non-Indigenous Australians. Rates were 7.3 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote areas, 3.5 times higher in very remote areas, 2.8 times higher in outer regional areas, 2.7 times as high in major cities and 2.1 times as high in inner regional areas. This may indicate gaps in the provision of health care in the community, particularly in remote areas, as well as a higher prevalence of the underlying conditions.

Potentially preventable hospitalisation rates for chronic conditions were five times higher for Indigenous Australians compared to rates for non-Indigenous Australians. Chronic conditions accounted for 56% of potentially preventable hospitalisations, acute conditions accounted for 41% and vaccine-preventable conditions accounted for 4% of admissions.

4. Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 Report, [Internet]. Canberra: AHMAC; 2015 Jun 9 [cited 2015 Oct 9]. Available from: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/publication/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-health-performance-framework-2014-report

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