In 2011-12: - there were more than 6.5 million presentations to public hospital emergency departments - 72% of patients received treatment within an appropriate time for their urgency (triage) category - almost two-thirds of patients stayed in the emergency department for 4 hours or less, and 90% had left within 8 hours and 30 minutes.
Australian hospital statistics 2011–12: emergency department care continues the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) series of summary annual reports, describing the characteristics and activity of Australia’s hospitals (commencing with the 1993–94 financial year, AIHW 1997a to 2012b).
The Australian hospital statistics suite of products present data supplied by state and territory health authorities on admitted patient care, elective surgery waiting times, emergency department care, outpatient care, public hospital establishments and rates of infection with Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (an indicator of hospital safety and quality).
This report presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. It includes information on overall activity, performance indicators on waiting times for care, time spent in the emergency department, and other waiting times statistics. It also includes comparative material for the previous 4 reporting periods.