Ward Type Categories

Ward TypeFurther Definitions
Acute Aged Care Unit providing predominantly acute geriatric medical care
Ambulatory Care Out-patient clinic/treatment
Critical Care Unit Including Coronary Care, Adult and Paediatric Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Unit
Dental  
Emergency Department  
Long-term Care Includes residential care for adults and children, and transition wards for  patients awaiting long-term care placement
Maternity Delivery suite, maternity ward
Medical Including dermatology, neurology, respiratory etc
Mental Health  
Mixed  
Neonatal Care  Includes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery
Oncology/Haematology Unit Including Day Oncology
Other If not defined within the other categories
Paediatrics Children’s Wards of Non-paediatric hospitals
Palliative  
Peri-operative Includes pre-operative units, theatre and recovery/post-anaesthesia care unit
Radiology Medical imaging, including nuclear medicine and interventional radiology units
Renal Including dialysis
Sub Acute Including rehab, geriatric evaluation and management
Surgical General and specialty surgical wards, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery, urology, ENT, opthalmology etc
Transplantation Unit  

Public Peer Group Categories

Principal referral and specialist women's and children's A1 Major city hospitals with >20,000 acute casemix adjusted separations and Regional hospitals with >16,000 acute casemix-adjusted separations per annum
A2 Specialised acute women’s and children’s hospitals with >10,000 acute casemix-adjusted separations per annum
Large hospitals B1 Major city acute hospitals treating more than 10,000 acute casemix-adjusted separations per annum
B2 Regional acute hospitals treating >8,000 acute casemix adjusted separations per annum, and remote hospitals with >5,000 casemix-adjusted separations
Medium hospitals C1 Medium acute hospitals in Regional and Major city areas treating between 5,000 and 10,000 acute casemix-adjusted separations per annum
C2 Medium acute hospitals in Regional and Major city areas treating between 2,000 and 5,000 acute casemix adjusted separations per annum, and acute hospitals treating <2,000 casemix-adjusted separations per annum but with >2,000 separations per annum
Small acute hospitals D1 Small Regional acute hospitals (mainly small country town hospitals), acute hospitals treating <2,000 separations per annum, and with less than 40% nonacute and outlier patient days of total patient days
Small acute hospitals D3 Small remote hospitals (<5,000 acute casemix-adjusted separations but not 'Multipurpose services' and not 'Small non-acute'. Most are <2,000 separations
Small sub-acute and non-acute hospitals
D2
E2
G
Small non-acute hospitals, treating <2,000 separations per annum, and with more than 40% non-acute and outlier patient days of total patient days (D2) plus Multipurpose service (E2) – Small sub-acute and non-acute hospitals (G)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011. Australian hospital statistics 2009–10.
Health services series no. 40. Cat. no. HSE 107. Canberra: AIHW.

 

Private Peer Groups

PPG 1 = >400 acute inpatient beds
PPG 2 = 301-400 acute inpatient beds
PPG 3 = 201-300 acute inpatient beds
PPG 4 = 151-200 acute inpatient beds
PPG 5 = 101-150 acute inpatient beds
PPG 6 = 51-100 acute inpatient beds
PPG 7 = <51 acute inpatient beds

Day Hospital Definitions

Large = Stand alone facility performing >5,000 procedures per annum
Medium = Stand alone facility performing 2,000 -5,000 procedures per annum
Small = Stand alone facility performing <2,000 procedures per annum

Dialysis/Oncology Definitions

Large = Stand alone facility performing >5,000 procedures per annum
Small = Stand alone facility performing <5,000 procedures per annum