Summary of performance
ACT Health performed well against a range of strategic priorities over the reporting period.
Preliminary results show that 11,780 people were removed from the ACT elective surgery waiting list in 2013-14.
ACT Health saw 100 per cent of emergency dental clients within 24 hours.
100 per cent of urgent, semi-urgent and non-urgent radiotherapy patients commenced treatment within standard time frames.
56 per cent of women in the target age group (50 to 69 years) had a breast screen in the 24 months prior to each counting period, slightly below the target for 2013-14 of 60 per cent.
ACT Health met its responsiveness target for the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) of two days to assess the needs of clients for patients in public hospitals.
Public mental health services were effective over time in providing services that minimise the need for seclusion, with 1.8 per cent of mental health clients subject to a seclusion episode while being an admitted patient in an ACT public mental health inpatient unit.
Only 6.9 per cent of clients returned to hospital within 28 days of discharge from an ACT public acute psychiatric unit following an acute episode of care, reflecting the high quality of care provided to acute mental health patients.
ACT public hospitals achieved an average bed occupancy rate of 90 per cent over the reporting period, an improvement on the 92 per cent reported for 2012-13.
The ACT continues to enjoy the highest life expectancy of any jurisdiction in Australia.
Life expectancy at birth of 85.1 years for females in the ACT (against a national average of 84.3 years) and 81.2 years for males (against a national average of 79.9 years) indicates the general health of the population and reflects on a range of issues other than the provision of health services, such as economic and environmental factors.
The prevalence of diabetes in the ACT, of 3.8 per cent, was similar to the national rate of 3.7 per cent.
The ACT comfortably exceeded the national rate of expenditure on infrastructure. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reported that in 2010-11 the ACT recorded an investment rate of 3.84 per cent (against a national rate of 2.15 per cent) in capital expenditure on healthcare infrastructure.
Reflecting ACT Health's priority of reducing the long-term chronic disease burden, the AIHW also reported that in 2010-11 the ACT recorded a rate of 2.6 per cent (against a national average of 2.1 per cent) for total government expenditure on public health activities as a proportion of total current health expenditure.
Overall, the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander immunisation rate of 92.6 per cent indicates a high level of investment in public health services to minimise the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases among the ACT's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
For the two-year participation rate in the cervical screening program, the ACT achieved 57 per cent, exceeding the national average of 57.2 per cent and demonstrating the effectiveness of early intervention health messages.
According to the AIHW, the ACT achieved lower than the Australian average in the decayed, missing, or filled teeth (DMFT) index both at six years and 12 years of age benchmarks, which is the lowest of all jurisdictions.
In 2013-14, the ACT rate of admissions in persons aged 75 years and over with a fractured neck of femur was 5.3 per 1000 persons in the ACT population, slightly below the long-term target and following a generally decreasing trend over the 10- year period from 2001-02, indicating the success of public and community health initiatives to prevent hip fractures.
Results from the 2011 Australian Secondary School Alcohol and Drug Survey (ASSAD) show that 5.8 per cent of students were current smokers in that year, well below the national average. This demonstrates a continued decline in smoking, from 15.3 per cent in 2001 to 5.8 per cent in 2011.