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National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours emergency department attendances, 2013–14

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termAfter-hours emergency department attendances
METeOR identifier:Help on this term635208
Registration status:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Description:Help on this term

The number of after-hours emergency department attendances per 1,000 people per year

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age to:Help on this term

All ages

Computation description:Help on this term

Emergency department attendances include presentations to public hospital emergency departments with a Type of visit of Emergency presentation where the patient:

  • was allocated a Triage category of 3, 4 or 5 and
  • was not admitted to the hospital, not referred to another hospital, or did not die.

An after-hours emergency department attendance is defined as

  • Weekdays before 8am and on or after 8pm 
  • Saturdays  before 8am and on or after 1pm 
  • Sundays all day and public holidays (all national public holidays and state and territory specific public holidays are included)

Analysis by Primary Healthcare Network (PHN) and Statistical Area level 3 (SA3) is based on usual residence of person.

All data for a geographic area have been suppressed if there are:

  • Less than 2,500 people resident in the geographic area or
  • Less than 20 emergency department separations in the geographic area

Additional analysis was conducted to estimate the proportion of ED presentations that were missing from the reported rate for each geographic area. Results for a geographic area were suppressed if the proportion of missing presentations was >10%. Information about a geographic area was indicated to be interpreted with caution if the percentage of missing presentations in an area was 6–10%.

Computation:Help on this term

(Numerator ÷ Denominator) × 1,000

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of after-hours emergency department attendances

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
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 2013-14
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetEmergency department stay—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 2013-14
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 2013-14
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Denominator:Help on this term

Total estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 30 June 2013

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—estimated resident population of Australia, total people N[N(7)]
Data Source
ABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Guide for use

Data source type: Census based plus administrative by-product data


Disaggregation:Help on this term

2013–14

Disaggregation by Primary Health Network (PHN) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)

Some disaggretation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetAdministrative health region—Primary Health Network identifier, code AAANNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
Data Element / Data SetAddress—statistical area, level 3 (SA3) code (ASGS 2011) NNNNN
Data Source
National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termRate
Data type:Help on this termCoded category
Unit of measure:Help on this termService contact

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



Data SourceABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Frequency
Quarterly
Quality statement
ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Release date:Help on this term28/04/2016
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