Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14 - Technical Supplement - Summary

Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14

Summary

The National Health Performance Authority (the Authority) publishes two streams of reports: Healthy Communities reports and Hospital Performance reports. The Authority bases its performance reports on a set of indicators agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

This Technical Supplement summarises the methods used to calculate the descriptive statistics for the performance indicator potentially preventable hospitalisations, presented in Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14. It also provides information on the release of 2012–13 potentially preventable hospitalisations data, noting this is only available as a web download.

The report, Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14, provides information on the following measures:

  • Age-standardised rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations
  • Number of hospital bed days for potentially preventable hospitalisations and the proportion that are same-day admissions.

The report publishes statistics for 31 Primary Health Networks and 333 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s). For each level of geography, the Authority has calculated information using data from the Admitted Patient Care National Minimum Data Set (APC NMDS) for the financial year 2013–14 and the Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2013.

This supplement provides information about the data source and methods used. It is assumed that readers possess technical expertise in the creation and use of health information.

Data for 2013–14 used in the report are also available on the MyHealthyCommunities website as an interactive tool and a downloadable Excel file. Data for 2012–13 are only available on the MyHealthyCommunities website as a downloadable Excel file. See http://www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au/explorethedataExternal link, opens in a new window..

Note: This Technical Supplement relates to the report Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2013–14 (published December 2015). Data and methods have since been revised. See the Web update: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in 2015–16 for the most up-to-date results and methods.