National Healthcare Agreement: PB 05-By 2012–13, 80 per cent of emergency department presentations are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, 2012

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Indicator
Indicator type:Indicator
Short name:PB 05-By 2012–13, 80 per cent of emergency department presentations are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, 2012
METeOR identifier:435832
Registration status:Health, Retired 25/06/2013
Description:By 2012–13, 80 per cent of emergency department presentation are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.
Indicator set:National Healthcare Agreement (2012) Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
Outcome area:Hospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:

See the Australasian Triage Scale from the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine for descriptions of each triage category, including indicative clinical descriptors.

The numerator and denominator include records with a Type of visit of Emergency presentation. For South Australia only, Type of visit can be Emergency presentation or Not reported.

Records are excluded from both the numerator and denominator if the episode end status is either Did not wait to be attended by a health professional or Dead on arrival, not treated in emergency department or if the Waiting time to service is missing or invalid.

Analysis by state and territory is based on location of service.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

Computation:

100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Calculated overall and separately for each triage category

Numerator:

Number of presentations to public hospital emergency departments that were treated within benchmarks for each triage category:

  • Triage category 1: seen within seconds, calculated as less than or equal to 2 minutes
  • Triage category 2: seen within 10 minutes
  • Triage category 3: seen within 30 minutes
  • Triage category 4: seen within 60 minutes
  • Triage category 5: seen within 120 minutes
Numerator data elements:
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—waiting time (to service delivery), total minutes NNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—type of visit to emergency department, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Total presentations to public hospital emergency departments
Denominator data elements:
Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—type of visit to emergency department, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2008-10
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Disaggregation:

2009–10 (revised for peer group) and 2010–11—Nationally, by triage category, by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles

2009–10 (revised for peer group) and 2010–11—State and territory, by triage category, by:

  • peer group
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles 

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.

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetNon-admitted patient emergency department service episode—triage category, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Hospital peer group
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, geographical location code (ASGC 2009) NNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2010-11
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by remoteness and SEIFA IRSD
Comments:

Most recent data available for 2012 CRC report: 2010–11

Baseline: 2007–08

Representational attributes

Representation class:Percentage
Data type:Real
Unit of measure:Service contact
Format:N[N.NN]

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Accessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:
Data SourceNational Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:National Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Further data development / collection required:Specification: Interim

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PB 05-By 2012–13, 80 per cent of emergency department presentations are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, 2011 Health, Superseded 30/10/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 14-Waiting times for GPs, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 23-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-GP-type services, 2012 Health, Retired 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 36-Waiting times for admission following emergency department care, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 46-Rates of services: Outpatient occasions of service, 2012 Health, Retired 25/06/2013