A separation is an episode of care which can be a total hospital stay (from admission to discharge, transfer or death) or a portion of a hospital stay ending in a change of status (for example from acute care to rehabilitation).
In Tasmania between 1998-99 and 1999-2000 the rate of hospital separations remained at a consistent level just under 260 per 1,000 population, before increasing to 273 per 1,000 population in 2000-01.
Hospital beds refer to the total number of beds in all hospitals (public and private) providing acute care services per 1,000 estimated mean resident population. Hospitals providing acute care services are those in which the treatments typically require short durations of stay.
In Tasmania and Australia the number of hospital beds per 1,000 populations has remained at a consistent level in recent years.
The average length of stay in hospital is slightly more in Tasmania than in Australia, with a 0.6 of a day difference in 2000-01.
|Hospital separations (per 1,000 population)|
|Hospital beds (per 1,000 population)|
|Average length of stay in hospital (days)|
Source: Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0).