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released: 28 Feb 2013 updated: 10 Apr 2013 author: AIHW media release

This report presents 2012 data for performance indicators related to emergency department lengths of stay of 4 hours or less and lengths of time spent waiting for elective surgery, specified in the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services. These data are provided to the COAG Reform Council for them to determine state and territory performance against the agreed targets.

ISSN 1036-613X; ISBN 978-1-74249-405-0; Cat. no. HSE 131; 20pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary pages
    • Title and verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • The National Emergency Access Target (NEAT)
      • The National Elective Surgery Target (NEST)
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
      • National Emergency Access Target Database
      • National Elective Surgery Target Database
      • Additional data on the Internet
      • Updates
    • 2 National emergency access target
    • 3 National elective surgery target
      • Proportions seen on time and average overdue waits
      • How many of the longest wait overdue patients were removed from waiting lists in 2012?
      • Admissions and other removals from waiting lists
      • Median waiting times
      • Adverse events
      • Unplanned readmissions
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Data quality statements
      • Summary of key data quality issues
      • National Elective Surgery Target Database
    • Appendix 2: Technical appendix
      • National Emergency Access Target calculations
    • Appendix 3: Additional tables
      • Removals for other reasons by state and territory
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above.

Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (10 Apr 2013) Table 3.1c: Elective surgery performance against NEST, Queensland, 2012 (per cent) on page 11 and in the associated dowloadable Excel spreadsheet has been revised on 4 April 2013 following a data resupply from Queensland Health.
    Previous version - Australian hospital statistics: national emergency access and elective surgery targets (1.7MB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Australian hospital statistics: national emergency access and elective surgery targets 2012. Health services series no. 48. Cat. no. HSE 131. Canberra: AIHW.

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