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spacing1What do we know about the hospitalisation of Indigenous people?

How do hospitalisation rates of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people compare?

Of the 9.3 million hospital separations in Australia during 2011-12, 366,118 (4%) were identified as Indigenous [1]. The overall age-standardised separation rate of 973 per 1,000 for Indigenous people was 2.5 times that for non-Indigenous people. The highest age-standardised separation rate for Indigenous people was in the NT (1,779 per 1,000), with a rate 5.7 times that of non-Indigenous people.

In 2011-12, separation rates were higher for Indigenous people than for non-Indigenous people for all age-groups, with the rates highest in the middle and late adult years [1].

What are the main causes of hospitalisation for Indigenous people?

In 2011-12 the two most common causes of hospitalisation for Indigenous people in Australia were:


  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013) Australian hospital statistics 2011–12. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Last updated: 25 September 2014
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