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Public hospitals


Briefing paper

Australian Burden of Disease Study 2018: key findings

Every year in Australia, millions of years of healthy life are lost because of injury, illness or premature deaths in the population. This loss of healthy life is called the ‘burden of disease’. This report contains key findings from the forthcoming Australian Burden of Disease...
Briefing paper

Measuring value in new health technology assessments: a focus on robotic surgery in public hospitals

This paper draws on the experience of Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) in Queensland and the processes it undertook to purchase the Mako robotic system for hip and knee replacements and how it was implemented into a major public hospital. The case study...

Institutional racism matrix audit of South Australia's ten Local Health Networks

The purpose of the report is to assess the levels of institutional racism that Aboriginal people are subject to in South Australia’s local health networks (LHN).

Hotspots of potentially preventable hospital admissions

This is the second edition of a bitesize Health Performance Council report pinpointing potential health inequalities by analysing South Australian public hospital data, looking for hospitalisations that are potentially preventable, variation by where people live in the state, and opportunities to improve.

Revisit review of South Australia's Palliative Care Services Plan 2009-16: statistical addendum

This report forms a statistical addendum to complement the Health Performance Council’s Revisit review of South Australia’s Palliative Care Services Plan 2009-16.
Journal article

How do health practitioners in a large Australian public hospital identify and respond to reproductive abuse? A qualitative study

Reproductive abuse is defined as a deliberate attempt to control or interfere with a woman’s reproductive choices. There is a dearth of research on reproductive abuse, particularly qualitative research. This study aims to address this gap by exploring how health practitioners in a large Australian...

Managing private medical practice in public hospitals

This audit examined whether the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and three audited public health services are effectively managing private practice in public hospitals to optimise outcomes for the health sector and Victorians.

Admitted patient care 2017–18

Hospital admissions have risen faster than population growth, and last financial year saw a rise in influenza related hospitalisations, according to this report. There were also relatively high rates of admissions classified as potentially preventable in 2017–18.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says all cancer treatment is free in public hospitals. Is he correct?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has challenged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to match Labor's 2019 election pledge to cut out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients. But Mr Morrison claims cancer treatment for public hospital patients is already free.

2019 public hospital report card

This 2019 Public Hospital Report Card shows a public hospital system under pressure.

Partners in care: the benefits of community lawyers working in a hospital setting

Medical and legal practitioners have had a shared understanding for many years that the integration of services improves access to justice for vulnerable people. The view that access to legal assistance within a hospital is beneficial to the patient is supported by the findings of...
Case study

On solid ground? Using a Public Private Partnership to build a new flagship hospital in Adelaide

This case study looks at the use of Public Private Partnerships in the construction of the Royal Adelaide Hospital by the South Australian government.

Independent review into the workplace culture within ACT public health services: final report

This report presents the findings of the review, and contains recommendations designed to support improvements to the workplace culture across the ACT public health system.

Australian Government funding of public hospital services – risk management, data monitoring and reporting arrangements

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of risk management, data monitoring and public reporting arrangements associated with the Australian Government's funding of public hospital services under the 2011 National Health Reform Agreement.
Briefing paper

Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2018: Bill Brief

Essentially, this Bill aims to improve nurse and midwife to patient ratios in various clinical settings within Victorian public hospitals.

Report on government services 2019: Health - Chapter 12 Public hospitals

This chapter reports on the performance of governments in providing public hospitals, with a focus on acute care services.

Elective surgery waiting times 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics

Elective surgery waiting times 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics focuses on information about public hospital elective surgery waiting lists between. It presents information on overall activity, what elective surgery was provided and how long people waited for elective surgery.

Emergency department care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics

Emergency department care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.
Case study

Revisit review of South Australia’s Palliative Care Services Plan 2009-16

This review is a five‐year revisit of the 2013 report, Improving end of life care for South Australians. That report was a midpoint examination of the implementation of South Australian Health's Palliative care services plan 2009‐16, which outlined the South Australian government’s commitment to expand...

Health expenditure Australia 2016–17

Australia spent nearly $181 billion on health in 2016–17. This is more than $7,400 per person and 10% of overall economic activity. This represents higher growth in spending than in recent years.