The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released the 2011 – 2012 OECD Health Care Quality Indicators for Australia. The report is an interesting read as it covers indicators for primary care, hospital acute care, mental health care, cancer servival, hospital patient safety and patient experience. Examples of the findings included the following:
‘Primary Care: Quality in primary care is measure by rates of avoidable hospital admissions for selected conditions. IN 2011 Asthma and COPD separation rates were 50% in Australia than the OECD average.
Hospital acute care: The rate of mortality following Acute Myocardial Infarction has been falling steadily and in Australia fell faster than the OECD average.
Mental health-care: Rate of readmission for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were higher in Australia than for the OECD average.’