Potentially avoidable GP-type presentations are defined as presentations to public hospital emergency departments with a Type of visit of Emergency presentation (or for South Australia only, Type of visit can be Emergency presentation or Not reported) where the patient:
was allocated a Triage category of 4 or 5 and
did not arrive by ambulance or police or correctional vehicle and
was not admitted to the hospital, not referred to another hospital, or did not die.
Limited to public hospitals in Peer Groups A and B.
Analysis by state and territory, remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.
Presented as a number.
Number of potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments.
Numerator data elements:
2009-10 (updated for peer group) and 2010–11—Nationally by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles
2009-10 (updated for peer group) and 2010–11—State and territory, by:
remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
SEIFA IRSD quintiles
peer group and triage category
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
Disaggregation by peer group is 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 data elements:
Most recent data available for 2012 CRC report: 2010–11.
This definition of ‘potentially avoidable GP-type presentation’ was used in the Booz Allen Hamilton study of emergency department care in NSW, and is considered to be a reasonable starting approximation of the population that should be receiving service in the primary care sector.