AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration AIHW corporate plan 2016–17 to 2019–20 Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Nous review Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public Interest Disclosure Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular disease Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions COPD Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Health performance Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Primary health care Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publications Online reports Subscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs AIHW annual reports Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular disease Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Primary health carePrisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR—metadata online registry Data by subject AIHW data collections Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards GovHack Privacy of data Accessing Australian Government health and welfare data
By subjectAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) Child protection Data sources for monitoring health conditionsDeaths Disability
Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General Record of Incidence of Mortality (GRIM) books Height and weight data sources Hospitals Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM) Medical indemnity Mental health Mortality Over Regions and Time (MORT) books National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse
National core maternity indicators (NCMI) National framework for protecting Australia’s children (NFPAC) National indicator catalogue National Youth Information Framework (NYIF) Perinatal data Primary Health Network (PHN) Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CVDMAC HEAC
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDDNMDS
NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Resources by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Embargoed access to AIHW material Media contacts
You are here:
The latest information on elective surgery waiting times and emergency department care in Australia’s public hospitals has been released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Australian hospital statistics 2010–11: Emergency department care and elective surgery waiting times, shows Australia’s public hospitals admitted about 621,000 patients from elective surgery waiting lists in 2010–11, 15,000 more than in the previous year.
‘Over the five years from 2006–07 to 2010–11, admissions from elective surgery waiting lists increased by an average of 2.8% per year,’ said AIHW spokesperson Jenny Hargreaves.
In 2010–11, 50% of patients waited 36 days or less for public elective surgery—the same as in 2009–10, but an increase from the median waiting time 5 years ago of 32 days.
‘However longer waits have dropped—over the last year there was a drop in the proportion of patients waiting more than a year to be admitted for their surgery—from 3.6% in 2009–10 to 2.9% in 2010–11,’ Ms Hargreaves said.
The report also shows there were almost 6.2 million presentations to emergency departments in public hospitals in 2010–11—225,000 more than the previous year. Emergency department presentations rose by an average of 4% each year over the last 5 years.
However, as with waiting times for elective surgery, the proportion of patients seen on time for their triage category in emergency departments remained stable at around 70%.
This figure includes 100% of the most urgent patients being seen immediately, and 79% of those who required care within 10 minutes of arriving in the emergency department.
A second report, also released today, provides information on cases of staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB), a serious bloodstream infection that may be associated with hospital care. This is the first nationally comparable SAB data for public hospitals for the states and territories.
Australian hospital statistics 2010–11: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) in public hospitals shows there were 1,873 cases of SAB reported for Australian public hospitals between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011. Most would have been treatable with commonly used antibiotics.
‘In 2010-11, all states and territories had rates of SAB below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 days of patient care,’ Ms Hargreaves said.
Both reports are companions to the MyHospitals website (www.myhospitals.gov.au). MyHospitals provides information on elective surgery and emergency department waiting times and SAB for individual public hospitals. Waiting times information for 2010–11 was added today.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 30 November 2011
Further information: Ms Jenny Hargreaves, AIHW, tel. (02) 6244 1121, mob. 0407 012 520
For media copies of the report: Publications Officer 02 6244 1032