Admitted patients

Admitted patients are people who undergo a public or private hospital’s formal admission process to receive treatment and/or care. The types of care provided include surgical care, medical care, intensive care, newborn care, rehabilitation care, palliative care, and mental health care.

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Admitted patients

All data in these visualisations are available for download in the Data & downloads section of the MyHospitals website.

Admitted patient care bookmark 1

There were 11.6 million hospitalisations in 2021–22, 2.1% lower than 2020–21.

Admitted patient care bookmark 2

One in eight hospitalisations were for Females, aged 25 to 44, in 2021–22.

Admitted patient care bookmark 3

There were 7.3 million same-day hospitalisations in public and private hospitals in 2021–22. There was a 2.0% decrease since 2020–21.


There were 11.6 million hospitalisations in 2021–22. A rate of 405 hospitalisations per 1,000 population.

In 2021–22:

  • there were 11.6 million hospitalisations – a rate of 405 hospitalisations per 1,000 population
  • there were 31.8 million days of patient care
  • the average length of stay was 2.7 days
  • 671 public hospitals provided admitted patient care services
  • 92% of hospitalisations were classified as episodes of Acute care
  • nearly 1 in 4 (24%, 1.7 million) of same-day acute hospitalisations in all hospitals were for Care involving dialysis
  • people aged 65 and over accounted for 43% of hospitalisations and 49% of patient days.


Between January 2020 and June 2022, there were over 270,700 hospitalisations involving a COVID-19 diagnosis (2,600 in 2019–20; 4,700 in 2020–21; and 263,400 in 2021–22).


Changes over time

Over the last ten years to 2021–22:


Emergency department activity data are available in the Emergency department care activity area of the MyHospitals site.

Elective surgery activity are available in the Elective surgery activity area of the MyHospitals site.

Data about Australia's healthcare system are available in the Australia's health performance area of the AIHW website.