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Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.5–Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time, 2019

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termAHPF PI 2.5.5–Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time, 2019
METeOR identifier:Help on this term715380
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 09/04/2020
Description:Help on this term

The 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 termAustralian Health Performance Framework, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

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 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.

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 SetEmergency department stay—waiting time (to commencement of clinical care), total minutes NNNNN
Data Source
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetEmergency department stay—waiting time (to commencement of clinical care), total minutes NNNNN
Data Source
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2018-19
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 NBEDS 2018-19
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 NBEDS 2018-19
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 NBEDS 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Denominator:Help on this term

Total presentations to public hospital emergency departments

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 NBEDS 2018-19
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 NBEDS 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Disaggregation:Help on this term

2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19 —Nationally, by triage category.

Nationally, by triage category, by (all not reported):

  • peer group
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles.

2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19 —State and territory, by triage category.

State and territory, by triage category by (all not reported):

  • peer group
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (ASGS Remoteness Structure)
  • SEIFA IRSD quintiles.

Local hospital network, by Triage category (not reported).

Hospital, by Triage category (not reported).

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:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN
Data Source
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by state/territory and to derive hospital peer group


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 2018-19
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 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9)
Data Source
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by remoteness and SEIFA IRSD


Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN
Data Source
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by state/territory and to derive hospital peer group


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 NBEDS 2018-19
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 NBEDS 2018-19
Guide for use

Data source type: Administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9)
Data Source
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
NMDS / DSS
Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2018-19
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 2019 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2018–19.

For 2018–19 data, the 2016 SEIFA IRSD quintile and decile data will be produced using the ASGS 2016 geographical unit of Statistical Area Level 2.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termEpisode
Format:Help on this term

NN[N]

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this term5. Accessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceNational non-admitted patient emergency department care database
Data custodian

 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

Australian Health Performance Framework

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this term

AIHW 2015. Australian hospital peer groups. Health services series no. 66. Cat. no. HSE 170. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.6–Waiting times for emergency department care: waiting times to commencement of clinical care, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

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, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.8–Waiting times for emergency department care: time spent in the emergency department, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion seen on time, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion seen on time, 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion of patients whose length of emergency department stay is less than or equal to four hours, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21b–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: proportion of patients whose length of emergency department stay is less than or equal to four hours, 2021 Health, Standard 16/09/2020

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