Key messages

  • Diabetes complications are the leading cause of admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions.
  • The purpose of this report is to provide a detailed analysis of specific diabetes complications.

Diabetes complications, along with asthma, vaccine-preventable influenza and pneumococcal pneumonias, have previously been identified as key conditions where interventions could be realistically set up with a demonstrable and significant short-term impact on demand for emergency hospital admission.

The Victorian Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Study – Diabetes Complications in Victoria, 2001–02 report identifies diabetes complications as the leading cause of admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs).

Purpose of the report

The purpose of this report is to provide a detailed analysis of specific diabetes complications, with regional and community profiles for long- and short-term complications to support community planning and evaluation.

The admission rates for diabetes complications presented in this report can be used as one of a range of indicators for monitoring the performance of the health system.

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