National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion seen on time, 2022
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion seen on time, 2022|
Percentage of patients whose clinical care commenced within national benchmarks for waiting times for each triage category in public hospital emergency departments.
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2022)|
Health, Standard 24/09/2021
|Outcome area:||Hospital and Related Care|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Collection and usage attributes
See Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N for description of each triage category.
The numerator and denominator include records with a Type of visit of Emergency presentation.
Records are excluded from both the numerator and denominator if the episode end status is any of 'Did not wait to be attended by a health care professional', or 'Dead on arrival', or 'Registered, advised of another health care service, and left the emergency department without being attended by a health care professional' or if the waiting time to service is invalid.
The scope for calculation of this indicator is all hospitals reporting to the Non-admitted patient emergency department care (NAPEDC) National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) 2018–19 and NAPEDC National Best Endeavours Data Set (NBEDS) 2018–19.
Analysis by state and territory is based on location of service.
Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.
Presented as a percentage.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Calculated overall and separately for each triage category.
Number of presentations to public hospital emergency departments that were treated within benchmarks for each triage category:
|Numerator data elements:|
Total presentations to public hospital emergency departments
|Denominator data elements:|
2020–21—Nationally, by triage category, by 2016 SEIFA IRSD deciles (not reported).
2020–21—State and territory, by triage category by:
Disaggregation by peer group uses the peer group classification as described in the AIHW publication Australian hospital peer groups.
Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2022 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2020–21.
For 2020–21 data, the 2016 SEIFA IRSD quintile and decile data will be produced using the ASGS 2016 geographical unit of Statistical Area Level 2.
Note that for the 2016 and previous reports the scope for the calculation of this indicator was limited to public hospitals in Peer Groups A and B, using the peer group classification method as reported in Australian hospital statistics 2010–11, with the addition of emergency department activity at the Mersey Community Hospital.
The quality of the identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database has not been assessed. Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients is not considered to be complete, and completeness may vary among the states and territories.
Remoteness areas are based on the usual residential address of the patient. However, data are reported for the state/territory where the hospital was located. This means, for example, that although there is no 'major city' classification in Tasmania, Tasmanian hospitals may treat some patients whose usual residence is a major city in another jurisdiction.
Area of usual residence was not reported or not mappable to SEIFA categories for approximately 2 per cent of records.
Further details about emergency department waiting times for Indigenous Australians are available from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (measure 3.14: Access to services compared with need).
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Accessibility|
Data source attributes
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
National Healthcare Agreement
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Further data development / collection required:|
Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2012. Australian hospital statistics 2010–11. Health services series no. 43. Cat. no. HSE 117. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 May 2020, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/australian-hospital-statistics-2010-11/contents/table-of-contents
AIHW 2015. Australian hospital peer groups. Health services series no. 66. Cat. no. HSE 170. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 May 2020, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/australian-hospital-peer-groups/contents/table-of-contents
AIHW 2020. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 February 2021, https://indigenoushpf.gov.au/
|Related metadata references:|
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.5–Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time, 2020
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.6–Waiting times for emergency department care: waiting times to commencement of clinical care, 2020
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.7–Waiting times for emergency department care: percentage of patients whose length of emergency department stay is 4 hours or less, 2020
See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.8–Waiting times for emergency department care: time spent in the emergency department, 2020
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2022
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2022
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion seen on time, 2021
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