Emergency department (ED) activity is measured by the number of presentations to the ED.
An ED presentation starts following the arrival of the patient to the ED and is the earliest time that a patient is registered or triaged by clinical staff.
This section presents information on the number of presentations to public hospital EDs reported between 2014–15 and 2018–19. ED presentations are also presented by:
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19:
An emergency department (ED) presentation occurs following the arrival of the patient at the ED, and is the earliest occasion of being registered clinically or triaged.
Explore the number of presentations to Australia’s public hospital EDs in 2018–19 in the data visualisation below.
Information is presented by:
The data can also be explored by:
What other information is available?
Appendix information is available to download in the Info and downloads section.
Previous reports can be accessed in the Reports section.
Further information about the concepts on this page can be found in the Glossary.
Patients present to the emergency department (ED) for various reasons. This section presents information on care provided in EDs by:
In the data visualisation below you can explore ED presentations by ICD-10-AM principal diagnosis chapter, age group and sex.
When a patient presents to the ED, an experienced registered nurse or medical practitioner allocates them a triage category. This indicates the urgency of the patient’s need for medical and nursing care.
In 2018–19 there were 8.3 million ED presentations, and of these:
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19 the proportion of presentations assigned a triage category of Urgent have increased, and the proportions assigned the triage categories of Semi-urgent or Non-urgent have decreased.
The mode of arrival is whether a patient arrives by ambulance, or another form of transport. This section presents information on how people arrived to the ED.
In 2018–19, the majority of presentations to EDs (73%) had an arrival mode of Other which indicates that the patient either walked into the ED, or came by private transport, public transport, community transport, or taxi.
The episode end status describes the status of the patient at the conclusion of the non-admitted patient episode in the emergency department, including whether the patient was subsequently admitted to the ED.
In the data visualisation, you can explore ED visits by type of presentation.
Appendix information is available to download in the Info and downloads section
Previous emergency department care reports can be accessed in the Reports section.
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