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AIHW - Mental Health Services - Overnight Admitted Mental Health Separations (PHN) 2015-2016

This dataset presents the footprint of the number and rate of overnight admitted mental health-related separations and bed days, with and without specialised psychiatric care by patient location. Overnight admitted patient separations refers to those separations when a patient undergoes a hospital’s formal admission process, completes an episode of care, is in hospital for more than one day and ‘separates’ from the hospital. The data spans the financial year of 2015-2016 and is aggregated to 2017 Department of Health Primary Health Network (PHN) areas, based on the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

The data is sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) which is a compilation of episode-level records from admitted patient morbidity data collections in Australian hospitals. It includes demographic, administrative and length of stay data for each hospital separation. Clinical information such as diagnoses, procedures undergone and external causes of injury and poisoning are also recorded.

Mental health services in Australia (MHSA) provides a picture of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians. MHSA is updated progressively throughout each year as data becomes available. The data accompanies the Mental Health Services - In Brief 2018 Web Report:

For further information about this dataset, visit the data source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Mental health services in Australia Data Tables:

Please note:

  • AURIN has spatially enabled the original data using the Department of Health - PHN Areas.:
  • Rates are directly age-standardised.
  • The analysis of bed days presented in this table excludes those separations with a length of stay greater than 365 days.
  • Separations with a care type of Newborn (without qualified days), and records for Hospital boarders and Posthumous organ procurement have been excluded.
  • It is possible for patients to have multiple separations in any given reference period.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Last Updated December 18, 2020, 04:11 (UTC)
Created November 1, 2019, 00:07 (UTC)
License Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0 AU)
AURIN Open API ID aurin:datasource-AU_Govt_AIHW-UoM_AURIN_DB_aihw_mental_hlth_serv_overnight_separations_phn_2015_16
Aggregation Level phn2017
Attribute List Bed days per 10,000 People, Estimated Resident Population, Geometry, Hospitalisations per 10,000 People, PHN Code, PHN Name
Attribution Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, (2019): AIHW - Mental Health Services - Overnight Admitted Mental Health Separations (PHN) 2015-2016; accessed from AURIN on [date of access].
Coordinate Ref. System EPSG:4283 (GDA_1994)
Copyright Notice © Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019
Geometry Field geom
Key phn_code
Type dataset
spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[96.81, -43.75], [159.11, -43.75], [159.11, -9.14], [96.81, -9.14], [96.81, -43.75]]]}