The National Health and Medical Research Council is expected to release its annual report on the state of health in Australia next week.
The report is expected show that in 2016 there were about 30,000 hospital admissions due to influenza, about half of them due to the coronavirus.
The other half were due to other causes such as respiratory illness and heart disease.
It is expected the state will be in surplus in the first quarter of 2019.
But a new report from the Institute of Public Health, released on Monday, found that in the same period the number of hospital admissions related to coronaviruses rose by 2.6 per cent, and hospital admissions for respiratory illness rose by 0.4 per cent.
It also found the number was rising faster in remote areas of the state.
The research was conducted by a joint research team from the University of Queensland, the Australian National University, the National Health Foundation and the University Hospital of Sydney.
The researchers looked at hospital admissions and hospital discharge rates for all hospitals in Australia between August 2019 and March 2020.
They also looked at deaths, the number and types of emergency department visits and hospital admission rates over a six-month period.
The analysis shows that in August 2019 there were 7,973 hospital admissions, an increase of 0.7 per cent compared to the same month in 2020.
The number of deaths was up by 0,921 to 1,064, while the number with a non-urgent condition rose by 1,851 to 3,837.
There were 4,813 emergency department admissions, up by 1.5 per cent to 2,711.
There was an increase in hospital discharge, which rose by 3.5 to 17,854.
The Institute of Primary Health Care, which represents the primary health care profession in Australia, says there is a lack of research into how hospital infections and deaths are being managed.
In an email, spokeswoman Lisa Thompson said there was a “lack of knowledge” on how hospital admissions are being treated.
“Hospital staff are not being properly trained, and they are not receiving proper training about the health and safety of patients, which is critical for managing hospital infections,” she said.
The National Institute for Health and Welfare’s chief executive, Dr Paul Kennedy, said the data showed that there were a number of “serious issues” around the safety of hospital workers.
“The data is very concerning and it raises a number serious questions about how we are managing our hospitals,” he said.
“There are a number areas of concern about the quality of hospital staff, with many areas being undershot, inadequately trained and under-resourced.”
Dr Kennedy said the figures also showed that while hospital staff had made significant improvements over the past year, the rate of hospitalisations and deaths in the region had continued to rise.
“We have a very high number of patients who are dying in our hospitals, and we have a high number who are injured in our hospital wards, so there are lots of things that are happening,” he added.
Dr Kennedy says there was also evidence that hospital workers were under-trained, under-paid and overworked.
“It’s important that we understand what is happening with hospital staff.
We have a lot of good hospitals in the area but we have also got a lot that is struggling,” he explained.
The University of Sydney’s research found the level of staff training and knowledge was also at risk.
“In the past six months, we have seen a number in Australia and New Zealand reporting to the National Training Agency, that we’ve seen an increase across the country in the level and level of knowledge and training in nursing and general clinical nursing,” Dr Kennedy explained.
“But, again, we also see a lot more nurses who are not trained properly.”
Professor David Prentice, the president of the Association of Public Hospitals, says the results were “very concerning”.
“We are not seeing the level that we are used to seeing in the general population and the level where we expect hospitals to be,” he told the ABC.
“If we can get more people trained and get more nurses in the system to actually care for those who are sick, then we can really reduce the risk of these things happening.”
Dr Prentice said it was not clear whether the increased rates of hospitalizations and deaths were caused by the virus or by other factors.
“I would expect there are some underlying factors, some underlying reasons for the increase in these hospitalisations,” he concluded.
The institute also looked into the quality and safety record of public health services across the state and found the state was not performing as well as other states.
“Overall, we are not meeting the national standard of care,” Dr Payson said.
”It is important to note that the data does not include data from private health systems, which may be much more accurate.