600k ED presentations avoidable: report

The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) report, which analysed data from the 61 Medicare Local (ML) areas, found people in regional and rural areas had generally higher representation in the 2.5 million hospital bed days deemed avoidable.

Public health groups said the report was just the latest sign that preventive health initiatives needed to target rural, regional and lower socioeconomic areas.

The ML with the highest rate of avoidable hospitalisation, Central and North West Queensland ML (CNWQML), blamed having too