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A patient is a person for whom a hospital accepts responsibility for treatment and/or care. There are two categories of patient: admitted patient and non-admitted patient.

People Matter Survey

An annual survey of staff employed by Victoria’s public health services.

Plastic surgery

Surgery involving the modification or reconstruction of the visible physical features of the body.

Primary health care

The care you receive at your first point of contact with the health care system (e.g. when you see a physiotherapist for a sore back).

Private health sector

Health services not entirely funded by government and largely funded by private health insurance providers.


An activity that may determine, measure, diagnose or improve a patient’s condition (e.g. surgical procedure, x-ray).


The removal of part or all of the prostate.

Public health sector

Health services funded by government.