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4390.0 - Private Hospitals, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Private Acute and Psychiatric Hospitals >> Acute & Psychiatric Hospitals and Beds

HOSPITALS, BEDS AND CHAIRS

In 2010-11, there were 251 Acute private hospitals across Australia, down from 255 in 2009-10. The number of Psychiatric hospitals increased by four from 24 in 2009-10 to 28 in 2010-11.

About three quarters (74.9%) of Acute and psychiatric hospitals in Australia were located in metropolitan areas in 2010-11, with two-thirds (65.6%) located in Capital City Statistical Divisions. Queensland was the only state to have the majority of its Acute and psychiatric hospitals located outside the capital city. All states had the majority of their Acute and psychiatric hospitals based in metropolitan areas.

In 2010-11, 12.9 % of all Acute and psychiatric hospitals were co-located with a public hospital. New South Wales had the highest number of co-located hospitals (11) followed by Queensland and South Australia with 6 each.

The most common hospital size across Australia, as well as in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland was 51-100 beds. Nearly a third (32.6%) of the hospitals fell into this group. Queensland had fewer hospitals of this size than New South Wales and Victoria but had more hospitals with over 200 beds.

On average, there were 23,761 beds available in Acute hospitals in Australia during 2010-11, and 1,633 beds for Psychiatric hospitals over the same period. More than three quarters of these beds were in New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland in the Acute hospital sector (75.6%) and in the Psychiatric hospital sector (83.8%). There were 296 more Acute beds available in 2010-11 than in 2009-10, an increase of 1.3%, with New South Wales adding 122 beds and Victoria adding 44 beds over this period. The number of psychiatric hospital beds increased by 172 beds (11.8%) between 2009-10 and 2010-11, with Queensland adding 119 new beds..

The proportion of beds located in metropolitan areas varied across states from 75.4% in Queensland to 87.6% in Victoria. The proportion of beds located in the capital cities also varied from 54.4% in Queensland to 82.9% in Victoria.

There has been little change since 2009-10, when 54.6% of all beds in Queensland were in Brisbane and 82.5% of Victorian beds were in Melbourne.


TABLE 2.3: PRIVATE ACUTE AND PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS AND BEDS(a), States and territories—2010–11
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas., NT & ACT(b)
Australia

Hospitals (no.)
Type of hospital
Acute
77
72
48
np
np
np
251
Psychiatric
9
7
6
np
np
np
28
Total acute and psychiatric
86
79
54
30
21
9
279
Location
Capital city statistical division
58
59
22
np
np
np
183
Rest of state/territory
28
20
32
np
np
np
96
Metropolitan (c)
70
62
32
np
16
np
209
Rural (c)
16
17
22
np
np
np
70
Co-located with a public hospital
11
4
6
6
np
np
36
Hospital size (a)
0–25 beds
14
14
9
9
3
-
49
26–50 beds
17
20
8
np
5
np
58
51–100 beds
37
21
16
8
4
5
91
101–200 beds
13
19
14
5
np
np
56
Over 200 beds
5
5
7
np
np
np
25

Beds (no.)
Type of hospital
Acute hospitals
6 205
6 180
5 580
np
np
np
23 761
Psychiatric hospitals
499
449
420
np
np
np
1 633
Total beds
6 704
6 629
6 000
1 911
3 138
1 012
25 394
Location
Capital city statistical division
4 836
5 495
3 266
np
np
np
18 962
Rest of state/territory
1 868
1 134
2 734
np
np
np
6 432
Metropolitan (c)
5 728
5 806
4 526
np
np
np
21 563
Rural (c)
976
823
1 474
np
np
np
3 831

Proportion of all private acute and psychiatric hospitals (%)
Hospitals
30.8
28.3
19.4
10.8
7.5
3.2
100.0
Beds (a)
26.4
26.1
23.6
7.5
12.4
4.0
100.0

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

(a) Based on the number of available beds (average for the year).
(b) Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory have been aggregated to protect the confidentiality of the small number of hospitals in these states/territories.
(c) Metropolitan and rural are two classifications included in the newly introduced Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). See Glossary for further information.


Private Acute and psychiatric hospitals in Australia can be divided into 'For profit' and 'Not for profit' sectors. Most (58%) private Acute and psychiatric hospitals in Australia in 2010-11 operated on a For profit basis (58.8%). A further 32.3% are Religious or charitable Not for profit hospitals, with the remainder being considered Other Not for profit hospitals. Around 80% of the Acute and psychiatric hospitals in New South Wales are For profit institutions, substantially higher than in Victoria (58.2%), Queensland (50.0%) and South Australia (23.3%).


The majority of Acute and psychiatric hospitals operating for profit in Australia during 2010-11 were located in capital cities (71.3%), a higher proportion than for Religious or charitable Not for profit hospitals (60.0%) and Other Not for profit hospitals (48.0%). Nearly 85% of For profit Acute and psychiatric hospitals were located in metropolitan areas, compared with 64.4% of Religious or charitable Not for profit hospitals and 48.0% of Other Not for profit hospitals.

The most common number of beds in the For profit and Religious or charitable Not for profit hospitals was 51-100 beds, with 38% of For profit, and 28% of Religious or charitable Not for profit hospitals. Other Not for profit hospitals tended to be smaller.

The total number of beds in Acute and psychiatric hospitals has increased by 1.9% to 25,394 in 2010-11. The number of beds in the For profit sector increased by 2.6% to 13,512 beds, while the Religious or charitable Not for profit sector recorded a 0.2% decrease and the Other Not for profit hospitals recorded a 13.6% increase.

While a similar proportion of beds within each sector were located in the capital city (ranging from 72.8% of beds in For profit hospitals to 77.0% of beds in Religious or charitable Not for profit hospitals), there was greater disparity in the proportion of beds that were located in metropolitan areas, ranging from 88.4% of beds in For profit hospitals to 75.9% of beds in Other Not for profit hospitals. Around 15.6% of beds in For profit hospitals are located in metropolitan areas outside the capital city, while there are no Other Not for profit hospitals or beds located in metropolitan areas outside the capital city.

TABLE 2.4: PRIVATE ACUTE AND PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS, Australia—Sector(a)—2010–11
For profit
Religious or charitable
Other (b)
Total

Hospitals
New South Wales
69
np
np
86
Victoria
46
27
6
79
Queensland
27
24
3
54
South Australia
7
11
12
30
Western Australia
np
9
np
21
Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (c)
np
np
np
9
Australia
164
90
25
279
Location
Capital city statistical division
117
54
12
183
Rest of state/territory
47
36
13
96
Metropolitan (d)
139
58
12
209
Rural (d)
25
32
13
70
Hospital size (e)
0–25 beds
20
18
11
49
26–50 beds
41
10
7
58
51–100 beds
63
25
3
91
101–200 beds
np
23
np
56
Over 200 beds
np
14
np
25

Beds (no.)
Location
Capital city statistical division
9 832
8 187
943
18 962
Rest of state/territory
3 680
2 452
300
6 432
Metropolitan (d)
11 938
8 682
943
21 563
Rural (d)
1 574
1 957
300
3 831
Total beds (e)
13 512
10 639
1 243
25 394

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

(a) For definition of 'For Profit/not for profit sector', see Glossary.
(b) Comprising bush nursing, community and memorial hospitals.
(c) Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory have been aggregated to protect the confidentiality of the small number of hospitals in these states/territories.
(d) Metropolitan and rural are two classifications included in the newly introduced Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). See Glossary for further information.
(e) Based on available beds (average for the year).


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