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Indigenous identification in hospital separations data: quality report

Posted on: 3 June, 2013
Issue: Vol 13 No 1, January 2013 – March 2013
Related to Hospitalisation Population

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)
Indigenous identification in hospital separations data: quality report
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides the results of a study on the quality of Indigenous identification in hospitalisations records from public hospitals in Australia undertaken in 2011 and 2012 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in collaboration with state and territory authorities. It presents the results in four categories:

  • at a national level
  • national by remoteness
  • state and territory level
  • remoteness levels within jurisdictions.

The study found that:

  • around 88% of Indigenous patients were correctly identified in Australian public hospital admission records in 2011-12
  • the completeness of Indigenous identification varied by state/territory; it was lowest in the ACT (58%) and highest in the NT (98%)
  • there were wide variations in Indigenous identification by remoteness, ranging from 77% in major cities to 99% (96-100%) in very remote areas.

The report outlines major recommendations.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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