This report summarises data for Australia provided to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Health Care Quality and Outcomes data collection, and compares these data with Australia’s performance for previous years and with data reported by other OECD countries. These OECD indicators aim to reflect the quality of health care delivered across participating OECD member countries using comparable data. Australia generally performed better than other OECD countries across most indicators.

  • Cat. no: PHE 301
Findings from this report:
  • Australia had the second highest sepsis rate after abdominal discharges (3996 per 100,000 hospital discharges)

  • Australia had the highest rate of PE after hip and knee replacement discharges (523 per 100,000 hospital discharges)

  • Australia had the third lowest AMI in-hospital mortality rate (3.2 per 100 separations)

  • Australia had the highest rate of retained foreign object after surgery (7.5 per 100,000 hospital discharges)