Related National Partnership Agreement benchmark/target:
By 2012–13, 80 per cent of ED presentations are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australian College of Emergency Medicine.
Further data development / collection required:
Deficiencies have been noted in the current definitions of key data items used to calculate waiting times, i.e. triage date/time, date and time patient presents, date/time treatment commences. NHISSC will oversee work to refine these definitions to ensure greater consistency of collection.
Work is also required on scope and required disaggregations of data from the National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care database.
Work is required to improve the identification of Indigenous Australians within this data.
Other issues caveats:
Disaggregation by peer group should be limited to Peer groups A and B, as this is the scope of the collection, and coverage varies for other hospitals by state and territory.
Disaggregation by Indigenous status will be considered pending confirmation of adequate data quality. Disaggregation based on data for those jurisdictions for which the quality of Indigenous status is considered acceptable.
Some disaggregations could result in numbers too small for publication.
Coverage of the data collection was about 78% of all ED presentations to public hospitals in 2007–08. These data are available for hospitals in Peer Groups A and B, and smaller hospitals in remote areas are less likely to provide these data. This means that data by remoteness area and Indigenous status should be interpreted with caution.