Hospital care for diabetes

All diabetes hospitalisations

There were over 1 million hospitalisations associated with diabetes in 2016–17, with 4% recorded as the principal and 96% recorded as the additional diagnosis, according to the AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database. This represents 10% of all hospitalisations in Australia. Note that hospitalisation data presented here are based on admitted patient episodes of care, including multiple events experienced by the same individual.

In 2016–17 there were around:

  • 50,100 hospitalisations with diabetes as the principal diagnosis (the diagnosis largely responsible for hospitalisation). Of these hospitalisations, 31% were due to type 1 diabetes and 63% were due to type 2 diabetes (Figure 1).
  • 1,119,000 hospitalisations with diabetes as an additional diagnosis (a coexisting condition with the principal diagnosis or a condition arising during hospitalisation that affects patient management). Of these hospitalisations, 4% were due to type 1 diabetes and 90% were due to type 2 diabetes (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Hospitalisations by diabetes type, 2016–17

The bar chart shows the majority of hospitalisations with diabetes as the principal diagnosis in 2016–17 were for type 2 diabetes (63%25) followed by type 1 diabetes (31%25), gestational diabetes (5%25) and other or unspecified diabetes (2%25). 90%25 of hospitalisations with diabetes as an additional diagnosis type were for type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes represented 4%25 and 5%25 of these hospitalisations, respectively, while other or unspecified representing 1%25.

Chart: AIHW. Source: AIHW analysis of the National Hospital Morbidity Database. (Data table)