Emergency department care activity

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:

  • State and territory
  • Triage category
  • Hospital Peer group

ED activity is increasing

Between 2014–15 and 2018–19:

  • the number of presentations to public hospital EDs increased by 3.2% on average each year, this was greater than the average growth in population over the same period
  • presentations per 1,000 population increased by  2.5% on average per year.