In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000


Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call

131126

Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700

healthdirect

24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Indicator 9 Leading causes of hospitalisations for ACT children


Leading causes of Hospitalisations for ACT Children


Indicator  description

The leading causes of hospitalisations for ACT children.

What do we  measure?

The top 25 diagnosis related groups for ACT resident patients aged 14 years and younger (excluding neonates) who are admitted to hospital.

Why is this important?

This indicator identifies the leading causes of hospitalisation and enables health planners to ensure that health promotion, early intervention and our public hospital services are able to respond effectively to major changes in the demand for hospital services for children.15

Policy Context

The main causes of hospitalisation for children are injury and infectious diseases.

Vaccination is the best way to protect individuals and the community against a range of communicable diseases. ACT Health actively promotes vaccinations for all children and adolescents in the ACT.

The top 25 diagnoses for the hospitalisation of children, account for more than half of all hospital episodes for people aged 14 years or less at ACT public hospitals.

How is the ACT progressing?

Table 7: ACT Public Hospitals, top 25 diagnoses for hospital admission by volume, persons aged 14 years or less, 2016-17

Diagnosis

Separations

Other factors influencing health status

315

Bronchitis and asthma

228

Musculoskeletal injuries, same day

196

Respiratory infections and inflammations

176

Abdominal pain and mesenteric adenitis

146

Otitis media and upper respiratory infections

143

Respiratory signs and symptoms

121

Viral illnesses

120

Injuries to forearm, wrist, hand and foot

119

Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy

116

Inflammatory bowel disease

114

Reticuloendothelial and immunity disorders

106

Seizures

102

Oesophagitis and gastroenteritis

99

Dental extractions and restorations

98

Other digestive system disorders

87

Appendectomy

86

Cellulitis

84

Other male reproductive system disorders

77

Injuries

73

Poisoning/toxic effects of drugs and other substances

72

Myringotomy w tube insertion

67

Humerus, tibia, fibula and ankle procedures

66

Red blood cell disorders

65

Coagulation disorders

65

Source: ACT Health, admitted patient care data set, hospital separations for persons aged 14 years or less 2016-17 (excludes admissions for births, ACT residents only).

In 2016-17, there were 5,090 inpatient hospital episodes recorded at ACT public hospitals for Canberra residents aged 14 years or less. This is consistent with the number of inpatient episodes recorded in the previous year with 4,907 admissions in 2015-16. This is significantly more than previous years which was 4,124 in 2014-15, 4,024 in 2013-14; 4,143 in 2012-13; 4,167 in 2011-12; and 4,024 in 2010-11.

The major causes of hospitalisation for children in 2016-17 were other factors influencing health status generally relating to social reasons* (315 episodes), followed by bronchitis and asthma (228 episodes) and musculoskeletal injuries (196 episodes). The top two major causes of hospitalisation for ACT children have remained consistent over the past four years.

* Social reasons include diagnosis categories relating to wound and device care, allergy testing, immunisations and screening, and mental health care.

15 ACT Government 2016, A Picture of Children and Young People in the ACT 2016