Presented as number and rate per 1000 population.
Sub-acute care includes separations with a care type of rehabilitation, palliative care, geriatric evaluation and management, and psychogeriatric care.
Number of sub-acute care separations for people aged 65 years or over
Numerator data elements:
Population aged 65 years and over
Denominator data elements:
Disaggregation data elements:
Specified disaggregation: Nationally and state/territory (of patient residence): by age group, Indigenous status, remoteness area and SEIFA of residence
Available disaggregation: Nationally and state/territory (of patient residence): by age group, Indigenous status, remoteness area and SEIFA of residence
Data for 2008-09 will be available in June 2010.
Most recent data available for 2010 CRC baseline report: 2007-08
Development is underway on nationally consistent data definitions for measuring growth in sub-acute care services for admitted and non-admitted services which will be due for reporting from 1 2010. This dataset will provide the ability to report an access measure for admitted patients and counts of non-admitted services (not people).
Improving the identification of Indigenous Australians within this data.
Only separations can be reported and not the number of people. Hospital systems do not currently contain information to allow the identification of records belonging to the same individual so person counts are not currently possible. Further work is also required in relation to inconsistencies in reporting types of sub-acute care.
Other issues caveats:
The data quality statement should reflect variation among jurisdictions in the assignment of care types.
Where possible, age groups should be consistent with other indicators in the COAG outcome area 'Aged Care'.