Trends in drug-related hospitalisations in Northern Territory, 1999-2019
- There were 818 hospitalisations with a drug-related principal diagnosis in NT in 2018-19.
- This is equivalent to 318 hospitalisations per 100,000 people, as compared to 90 hospitalisations per 100,000 people in 1999-00 (Figure 1).
- The rate of hospitalisations was higher among males than females in 2018-19 (313 versus 324 hospitalisations per 100,000 people).
- In 2018-19, the rate of hospitalisations was highest among the 20-29 age group, followed by the 10-19 and 30-39 age groups (640, 585, and 398 hospitalisations per 100,000 people, respectively).
- The rate of hospitalisations was highest where there was a principal diagnosis indicating cannabinoids (87 hospitalisations per 100,000 people; Figure 2).
- The highest rate of hospitalisations was observed in remote and very remote NT (371 hospitalisations per 100,000 people), while the number of hospitalisations was highest in outer regional (429 hospitalisations; Figure 3).
Figure 1. Age-standardised rate (per 100,000 people) of drug-related hospitalisations, by sex, Northern Territory, 1999-00 - 2018-19.
Figure 2. Age-standardised rate (per 100,000 people) of drug-related hospitalisations, by drug identified in the principal diagnosis, Northern Territory, 1999-00 - 2018-19.Note: Age-standardised rates were not calculated if the number of hospitalisations was less than or equal to 10 (please refer to our methods document for details). Suppressed data are visible as gaps in the data series.
Figure 3. Age-standardised rate (per 100,000 people) of drug-related hospitalisations, by remoteness, Northern Territory, 2012-13 - 2018-19.
Note: There are no major cities and inner regional areas in Northern Territory. The size (area) of the bubble is proportional to the number of hospitalisations.
The Drug Trends program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Drug and Alcohol Program.
We would like to acknowledge the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for data from the National Hospital Morbidity Database.
Man, N., Chrzanowska, A., Sutherland, R., Degenhardt, L. & Peacock, A. (2021). Trends in drug-related hospital separations in Australia, 1999-2019. Drug Trends Bulletin Series. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.
Hospitalisations data visualisations: https://drugtrends.shinyapps.io/hospital_separations
Hospitalisations methods document: https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource-analytics/trends-drug-related-hospitalisations-australia-1999-2019
For information on drug-induced deaths in Australia, go to: https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource-analytics/trends-drug-induced-deaths-australia-1997-2019
For more information on NDARC research, go to: http://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/
For more information about the AIHW and NHMD, go to: https://www.aihw.gov.au/
For more information on ICD coding go to: http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/ https://www.ihpa.gov.au/what-we-do/icd-10-am-achi-acs-current-edition
For more research from the Drug Trends program go to: https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/program/drug-trends