Admission Policy

Applicable to: The intended audience is HSPs, CHEs, Department of Health.


Fundamental to the management of the WA health system is the way we capture and classify the details of the services we deliver to the Western Australian community - our activity. Information about the care we provide is used in many ways including ensuring that Health Service Providers are appropriately funded for the services they provide. Activity Based Funding and Management (ABF/ABM) is used to allocate resources to Health Service Providers, based on the activities, procedures and outputs they provide to clients.  Admitted activity data are also used to inform clinical research, performance reporting, health services planning, epidemiology, clinical governance, and to provide information to the Commonwealth, Parliament, the Minister for Health, other state government agencies and the media.

The National Health Reform Act 2011 requires Health Service Providers and the Department to accurately count, classify and report admitted activity data according to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority specifications. 

The Admission Policy and the associated Reference Manual have been specifically designed to assist Health Service Providers and Contracted Health Entities to count, classify and report admitted activity correctly and to mitigate the risks associated with failing to do so.


Type of Amendment Date of Effect Description of Amendment
Major Amendment 6 August 2019 Policy title amended to replace the previous title, Admission, Readmission, Discharge and Transfer Policy. Refinement and consolidation of policy statements and terminology. Deletion of requirement for discharge summary. Related Document and Supporting Information also updated. See Document Control section of Policy for detail.

Date of effect: 01 July 2017 to 30 June 2020

Policy Framework

Related documents

Supporting information