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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2014

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2014
METeOR identifier:Help on this term517640
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 14/01/2015
Description:Help on this term

Percentage of patients who are treated within national benchmarks for waiting times for each triage category in public hospital emergency departments.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2014) Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
Outcome area:Help on this termHospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time, 2014 QS Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

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 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 invalid.

Limited to public hospitals in Peer Group A and B.

To ensure comparability over time, emergency department activity at the Mersey Community Hospital is reported with Peer Group B hospitals for National Healthcare Agreement purposes. Whilst it is currently not a Peer Group A or B hospital, in the baseline year (2007-08) Mersey was a campus of the Peer Group B North West Regional Hospital and its emergency department activity was included in the baseline.

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

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

Computation:Help on this term

100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Calculated overall and separately for each triage category.

Numerator:Help on this term

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:Help on this term
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 2011-12
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 2011-12
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 2011-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Help on this termTotal presentations to public hospital emergency departments
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
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 2011-12
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 2011-12
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 2011-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2011–12 (revised for peer group) and 2012–13—Nationally, by Triage category, by 2011 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles.

2011–12 (revised for peer group) and 2012–13—State and territory, by Triage category by:

  • peer group
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure for 2011-12 data, Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure for 2012-13 data) 
  • 2011 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:Help on this term
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 2011-12
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 2011-12
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 2011-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Public hospital peer group
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2011-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, geographical location CD code, (ASGC 2009) NNNNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2011-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by remoteness and SEIFA IRSD
Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2014 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council (CRC) report: 2012–13.

For 2011-12 data, the 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintile and decile data will be produced using the Australian Standard Geography Classification geographical unit of Statistical Local Area.  In future years, these data will be produced using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard geographical unit of Statistical Area 2.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termNN[N]

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceNational Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
Frequency
Annual
Data custodian

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Further data development / collection required:Help on this termSpecification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12-Waiting times for GPs, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion completed within four hours, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

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