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  • Same day admitted mental health care - private hospitals

    Private hospital-based same day admitted mental health care is provided in either private hospitals with psychiatric beds or private psychiatric day hospitals (PMHA 2016) (see mental health care facilities key concepts section for information on hospital types). Private hospital same day admitted mental health care data is sourced from the Australian Private Hospitals Association Private Psychiatric Hospitals Data Reporting and Analysis Service (PPHDRAS). For further detail see the data source section.

    Some state and territory data from the PPHDRAS is aggregated to maintain privacy for participating hospitals. New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are reported together (NSW/ACT) as are Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory (WA/SA/Tas/NT). Victoria and Queensland are reported separately.

    States and territories

    In 2015–16, 18,585 patients received 242,563 same day mental health-related days of care from private hospitals; an average number of 13.1 care days per patient. These figures equate to 7.8 patients per 10,000 population and 101.3 care days per 10,000 population.

    Victoria (5,206 patients) had the most number of patients receiving same day admitted private mental health care in 2015–16. The rates of patients per 10,000 population ranged from 6.4 in the combined New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory to 8.7 in Victoria. (Figure SD.x1).

    There were 17,104 clinically substantive episodes of care provided in 2015–16, ranging from 3,562 in Queensland to 5,009 in Victoria. The rate of episodes per 10,000 population ranged from 5.8 in the combined New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory to 8.4 in Victoria. (Figure SD. x1).


    Figure SD.1: Patients and episodes of care for same day private admitted mental health care, states and territories, 2015–16

    >Source: PPHDRAS, 2017.

    Source data: Same day admitted mental health care Table SD.x (xxx KB XLS).


    Patient demographics

    In 2015–16, the rate of patients receiving same day admitted private mental health care was highest for people aged 45–54 (12.1 per 10,000 population) (Figure SD.x2). Patients aged under 15 were least likely to receive private hospital same day care, with the rate increasing gradually until the age of 45–54 after which the rate decreased by age group.

    Almost two thirds (64.5%) of patients receiving same day admitted private mental health care were female. The rate of female patients was more than one and a half times the rate of males (9.9 patients per 10,000 population and 5.6, respectively). The highest patient rate for males was for the 35–44 age group (9.2 patients per 10,000 population), while the highest patient rate for females was for the 45–54 age group (15.2).


    Figure SDx2: Patients receiving same day private admitted mental health care, by sex and age group, 2015-16

    Source: PPHDRAS, 2017.

    Source data: Same day admitted mental health care Table SD.x (xxx KB XLS)


    In 2015–16, the majority of patients (86.1%) receiving same day private admitted mental health care would normally reside in urban areas.

    Principal diagnosis

    In 2015–16, the almost half (47.2%) of clinically significant episodes of care were provided to patients with a Major affective and other mood disorders mental health diagnostic group, followed by Alcohol and other substance use disorders (17.4%) and Anxiety disorders (11.3%) (Figure SD.x3).


    Figure SD.x3: Same day private admitted mental health care episodes, for the 5 most commonly reported mental health diagnostic groups, 2015-16

    Source: PPHDRAS, 2017.

    >Source data: Same day admitted mental health care Table SD.x (xxx KB XLS).


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