Safety Snapshots

Potentially preventable hospitalisations

Potentially preventable hospitalisations are counted as admissions to hospital that may have been prevented by timely and adequate care in the community. In Australia, 22 conditions are considered preventable. These conditions are categorised into 3 broad areas, namely chronic, acute and vaccine-preventable conditions.

In 2018, there were approximately 5,800 potentially preventable hospitalisations of children and young people aged birth to 17 years in South Australia, comprising 13% of all hospitalisations of children and young people.

Homelessness

In 2016, the estimated rate of homelessness for children and young people birth to 18 years in South Australia was 39 per 10,000 population, a decrease from 42 in 2011. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ definition of homelessness is a person ‘who does not have suitable accommodation alternatives and whose current living arrangement is a dwelling that is inadequate; has no tenure, or their initial tenure is short and not extendable; or does not allow them to have control of, and access to space for social relations’.

In 2016, the rate of homelessness for Aboriginal children and young people birth to 18 years was 260 per 10,000 population, significantly less than the national average of 336.

In metropolitan Adelaide, the region with the highest rate of homelessness for children and young people birth to 18 was Adelaide – North (46 per 10,000 population). In regional/remote South Australia the region with the highest rate of homelessness was South Australia – Outback (111 per 10,000 population).

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