Lessons of Location Report

While the rate of admission to hospitals in Western Australia has stabilised in recent years, it remains high and unsustainable. To reduce this, strategies are required to prevent the occurrence of disease and to deliver more care in community-based services, when appropriate.

Admission reductions can be achieved by targeting health conditions for which preventative care, early disease management and coordinated care in the primary health setting can prevent hospitalisation.

To facilitate the development of strategies to reduce hospitalisation through enhanced community and primary healthcare services, the Department of Health, Western Australia conducted this project in collaboration with the WA Primary Health Alliance.

The report (PDF 6MB) provides evidence of the areas within Western Australia that constantly recorded rates of potentially preventable hospitalisation higher than the State average (known as “hotspots”). This information will assist in the development of strategies within the community and the primary healthcare sector to reduce potentially preventable hospitalisations in these “hotspots”.

Areas are identified with high hospitalisation rates for a variety of potentially preventable chronic, acute and vaccine-preventable diseases, while the socio-demographic characteristics reported include population size and age structure, socio-economic status, Aboriginal population and remoteness. The characteristics of each area are presented to assist in the contextual interpretation of the areas with the highest rates.