Emergency care

Emergency hospital departments
Emergency medical services
Emergency medicine


In their words: how to support young people in suicidal distress

Emergency department presentations for young people who have self-harmed or are experiencing suicidal ideation are on the increase. This report outlines better alternatives, including safe spaces with youth peer workers or a crisis support team that comes to the young person’s home.

Understanding preparedness and recovery

Emergency recovery goes beyond survival. It is a complex process with potentially long-lasting impacts on people’s lives. Within research, policy and practice, there is a widespread assumption that preparing for a disaster has a positive impact on recovery. This report examines the emergency experiences of...
Briefing paper

Clearing a path to full inclusion of people with disability in emergency management policy and practice in Australia

This issues paper was prepared in response to the lived experience and literature presented at the Disability and Disaster Resilience forum, held in August 2020. It builds a picture of the roadblocks to safety and wellbeing for Australians with disability in emergency management.
Media release

Update on coronavirus measures 2

The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met on 24 March 2020 as the National Cabinet. Initiative: Support for homeless not prohibited
Journal article

A prospective study of hospital episodes of adults with intellectual disability

The main objective of this study was to prospectively track episodes for adults with intellectual disability (ID) in Australian hospitals, with a focus on indications of the quality of care provided.

Beyond the emergency: a national study of ambulance responses to men’s mental health

This research identified that acute male mental health presentations to ambulance services are both frequent and complex, with paramedics feeling that they are poorly equipped to respond effectively.

The people behind 000: mental health of our first responders

This report outlines findings from the inquiry into the role of Commonwealth, state and territory governments in addressing the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers in Australia.

Report on government services 2019: Health - Chapter 11 Ambulance services

The focus of performance reporting in this chapter is on ambulance service organisations, which are the primary agencies involved in providing emergency medical care, pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care, and transport services.

Emergency department care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics

Emergency department care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.

Answering the call

This report was developed as part of Beyond Blue’s national mental health and wellbeing study of police and emergency services.

Answering the call: national survey

This report into the mental health and wellbeing of police and emergency services reflects the voices and experiences of 21,014 serving and former employees and volunteers from police, fire, ambulance and state emergency services agencies. The response rate signals that mental health and wellbeing are...

Report on government services 2018: Health - Chapter 11 Ambulance services

The focus of performance reporting in this chapter is on ambulance service organisations, which are the primary agencies involved in providing emergency medical care, pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care, and transport services.

Emergency department care 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics

This report provides information on people who present at emergency departments in Australia, including who used services, why they used them, and how long they had to wait for care.

Health care access, mental health, and preventative health: health priority survey findings for people in the bush

This collaborative project with National Farmers' Federation and the Country Women's Association of Australia has been completed. A survey of over 450 country people drawn from every state and territory, saw one-third of responses (32.5%) name doctor and medical specialist access as their key priority.

Emergency department care 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics

Emergency departments are a critical component of Australia's health-care system, providing care for patients who require urgent attention. This report presents information on the Australian public hospitals that have purpose-built emergency departments staffed 24 hours a day, which reported to the National Non-Admitted Patient Emergency...

Efficiency and effectiveness of hospital services: emergency care

Overview Longer stays in an emergency department (ED) are associated with poorer patient outcomes. Long waits to see emergency staff can discourage people who need care from waiting and may lead to reduced morale among ED staff. In 2015, the Department of Health & Human...
Journal article

Medication-related queries received for ‘after hours GP helpline’ – comparison of callers’ intentions with GPs’ advice

Background Limited studies have explored the actual usage of the ‘after hours GP helpline’ (AGPH). Objective/s The objectives of the article are to describe medication-related calls to the AGPH and compare callers’ original intentions versus the advice provided by the general practitioner (GP). Methods We...

Attacks on health care

Currently there is no publicly available source of consolidated information on attacks on health care in emergencies. This report is a first attempt to consolidate and analyse the data that is available from open sources. While the data are not comprehensive, the findings shed light...
Briefing paper

National Emergency Access Target: aiming for the target but what about the goal?

What is the problem? Australia has seen increasing demand on hospital Emergency Departments (ED) with a 65% rise in presentations between 2001 and 2011 (McCarthy 2013) resulting in increased waiting times, prolonged stays, overcrowding and delayed admission (Geelhoed and de Klerk 2012). Prolonged ED stays...

Emergency department care 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics

Summary How much emergency department activity was there? In 2014-15, there were about 7.4 million presentations to the 290 Australian public hospital emergency departments that reported to the National Non-Admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database; this corresponded to over 20,000 presentations each day. Between 2010-11...
Literature review

Evidence check: adolescents’ and young adults’ use of emergency departments

This Evidence Check review examined adolescents and young adults’ (AYAs) presentations to Emergency Departments. AYAs present primarily for musculoskeletal disorders, mental and behavioural disorders, and genitourinary, respiratory and infectious diseases and these differ proportionally among males and females. A number of ED presentations are avoidable...

Healing or harming? United Nations peacekeeping and health

This report explores the complex relationship between UN peacekeeping and health. In terms of challenges, it finds a need for greater attention to medical checks and health care provision for peacekeepers both before and during deployment.

Patterns and trends in facial fractures in New Zealand

Intro: Fracture of the human facial skeleton is a common injury that places serious burden on society. Severe morbidity, mortality, facial disfigurement, loss of function and financial cost are all associated with facial fractures (Kieser et al., 2002). In New Zealand (NZ), only two previous...