3.2 Myringotomy hospitalisations, 17 years and under

Myringotomy is a common surgery in young children used to treat middle ear disease. Find out about variation in myringotomy hospitalisation rates in the Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2021.

At a glance

  • Myringotomy is a common surgical procedure used to treat otitis media, an infection of the middle ear that can cause hearing loss
  • Otitis media is the key cause of hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who are at risk of earlier, more severe and longer-lasting middle ear disease than other children
  • After standardising to remove age and sex differences between populations, the rate of hospitalisation for myringotomy in children and young people in 2017–18 was more than 8 times as high in the area with the highest rate compared with the area with the lowest rate
  • The rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children was less than what would be expected if surgery rates matched the prevalence of otitis media
  • A comprehensive approach combining prevention, early treatment and coordinated management is urgently needed to reduce rates of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Interactive maps, graphs and data

Data show variation in rates by geographic location of patient residence. To use the interactive maps and graphs:

  • Hover or click on maps and graphs for details of data points
  • Use the dropdown boxes at the bottom of graphs to select states and territories, SA3s or PHNs

Learn more about using the interactive Atlas or how to interpret the data.

Map of rates across Australia

Rates by local area

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Rates by state and territory

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Rates by remoteness and SES

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About the data

About the data  - Myringotomy hospitalisations, 17 years and under

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for myringotomy per 100,000 people aged 17 years and under in 2012–13, 2015–16 and 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for the procedure, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for the procedure more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence variations seen.

Some private hospitals in Tasmania admit public patients under a contractual arrangement. There is a small over-count of hospitalisations for the procedure in Tasmania because hospitalisations are recorded by both contracting hospital and contracted hospital.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Map of rates across Australia

Rates by local area

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Rates by state and territory

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Rates by remoteness and SES

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About the data

About the data  - Myringotomy hospitalisations, 17 years and under

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for myringotomy per 100,000 people aged 17 years and under in 2012–13, 2015–16 and 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for the procedure, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for the procedure more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence variations seen.

Some private hospitals in Tasmania admit public patients under a contractual arrangement. There is a small over-count of hospitalisations for the procedure in Tasmania because hospitalisations are recorded by both contracting hospital and contracted hospital.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Rates by patient funding status

Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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About the data

About the data  - Myringotomy hospitalisations, 17 years and under

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for myringotomy per 100,000 people aged 17 years and under in 2012–13, 2015–16 and 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for the procedure, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for the procedure more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence variations seen.

Some private hospitals in Tasmania admit public patients under a contractual arrangement. There is a small over-count of hospitalisations for the procedure in Tasmania because hospitalisations are recorded by both contracting hospital and contracted hospital.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Rates by patient funding status

Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Myringotomyindicators/RatesbyAboriginalandTorresStraitIslanderstatus?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Myringotomy hospitalisations, 17 years and under

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for myringotomy per 100,000 people aged 17 years and under in 2012–13, 2015–16 and 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for the procedure, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for the procedure more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence variations seen.

Some private hospitals in Tasmania admit public patients under a contractual arrangement. There is a small over-count of hospitalisations for the procedure in Tasmania because hospitalisations are recorded by both contracting hospital and contracted hospital.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

National, state and territory trends

National overview

State and territory

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Consistently high low

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About the data

About the data  - Myringotomy hospitalisations, 17 years and under

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for myringotomy per 100,000 people aged 17 years and under in 2012–13, 2015–16 and 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for the procedure, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for the procedure more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence variations seen.

Some private hospitals in Tasmania admit public patients under a contractual arrangement. There is a small over-count of hospitalisations for the procedure in Tasmania because hospitalisations are recorded by both contracting hospital and contracted hospital.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

National overview

State and territory

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Myringotomyindicators/Stateandterritoryratesacrossyears?:iid=1&:embed=y#1

Consistently high low

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Myringotomyindicators/ConsistentlyhighandlowSA3s?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1">//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Myringotomyindicators/ConsistentlyhighandlowSA3s?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Myringotomy hospitalisations, 17 years and under

Data are sourced from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, and include admitted patients in both public and private hospitals.

Rates are based on the number of hospitalisations for myringotomy per 100,000 people aged 17 years and under in 2012–13, 2015–16 and 2017–18.

Because a record is included for each hospitalisation for the procedure, rather than for each patient, patients hospitalised for the procedure more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the usual residential address of the patient and not the location of the hospital.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

Data quality issues – for example, the extent of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in datasets – could influence variations seen.

Some private hospitals in Tasmania admit public patients under a contractual arrangement. There is a small over-count of hospitalisations for the procedure in Tasmania because hospitalisations are recorded by both contracting hospital and contracted hospital.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for myringotomy hospitalisations: 

Technical Supplement

Download the Technical Supplement:

2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for myringotomy hospitalisations: 

Technical Supplement

Download the Technical Supplement:

2021
Publication, report or update