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released: 17 Nov 2016 author: AIHW media release

In 2015–16: - There were about 7.5 million presentations to public hospital emergency departments; - 74% of patients received treatment within an appropriate time for their urgency (triage) category; - 73% of patients spent 4 hours or less in the emergency department; - 2.2 million patients were admitted to hospital from the emergency department, and 49% of these were admitted within 4 hours.

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • How much emergency department activity was there?
      • Who used emergency department services?
      • Why were emergency department services used?
      • How long did people wait?
      • How long did people stay?
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 What's in this report?
      • 1.2 What data are reported?
      • 1.3 What terms and methods are used?
      • 1.4 Additional information
    • 2 How much emergency department activity was there?
      • Key findings
      • 2.1 How many public hospitals had emergency departments?
      • 2.2 How many emergency department presentations were there?
    • 3 Who used emergency department services?
      • Key findings
      • 3.1 Age group and sex
      • 3.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      • 3.3 Remoteness area of usual residence
    • 4 How and why were services accessed?
      • Key findings
      • 4.1 What types of visit occur in emergency departments?
      • 4.2 How urgently was care required and how did people arrive at the emergency department?
      • 4.3 When did people present to the emergency department?
      • 4.4 Why did people receive care?
      • 4.5 How was care completed?
    • 5 How long did people wait for emergency department care?
      • Key findings
      • 5.1 How have waiting times changed over time?
      • 5.2 How long did people wait for care in 2015–16?
      • 5.3 Performance indicator: waiting times for emergency department care-proportion seen on time
    • 6 How long did people stay in the emergency department?
      • Key findings
      • 6.1 How long did patients stay?
      • 6.2 How many visits were completed within 4 hours?
      • 6.3 How long did clinical care take?
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Data quality information
        • Data quality statement: National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database 2015–16
        • Variation in reporting
        • Other factors affecting interpretation of the NNAPEDCD data
      • Appendix B: Technical notes
      • Definitions
      • Data presentation
      • Methods
      • Appendix C: Public hospital peer groups
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications 

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Emergency department care 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 72. Cat. no. HSE 182. Canberra: AIHW.

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