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Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.5.6–Waiting times for emergency department care: waiting times to commencement of clinical care, 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 2.5.6–Waiting time for emergency department care: waiting times to commencement of clinical care, 2019
METeOR identifier:Help on this term724051
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 09/04/2020
Description:Help on this term

The median and 90th percentile length of time, in minutes, waited by patients to the commencement of clinical care, 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 either '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 is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as number of minutes.

Computation:Help on this term

Number of minutes to commencement of clinical care at 50th and 90th percentile.

The 50th and 90th percentiles have been rounded to the nearest whole number of minutes.

The calculation is where:

n is the number of observations and

p is the percentile value divided by 100,

then n × p = i + f (where i is an integer and f is the fractional part of n × p).

If n × p is an integer, the percentile value will correspond to the average of the values for the ith and (i+1)th observations.

If n × p is not an integer, the percentile value will correspond to the value for the (i+1)th observation.

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


Disaggregation:Help on this term

2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19—National.

Nationally, by triage category (median only, not reported).

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

  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure).

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

Local Hospital Network, by triage category (not reported).

Hospital, by triage category (not reported).

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 Local Hospital Network.


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


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 Local Hospital Network.


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


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2019 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2018–19.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentile
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termTime (e.g. days, hours)
Format:Help on this term

[N]N:NN

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

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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 2.5.5–Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time, 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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