Emergency department care activity

Emergency department (ED) activity is measured by the number of presentations to the ED.

This section presents information on the number of presentations to public hospital EDs reported between 2015–16 and 2019–20. ED presentations are also presented by:

  • state and territory
  • triage category
  • hospital peer group.

Impacts of COVID-19 on ED activity

Between 2018–19 and 2019–20:

  • the number of ED presentations decreased by 1.4%, compared to a 4.2% increase between 2017–18 and 2018–19
  • ED activity was influenced by COVID-19 restrictions and the changes affecting health care provision since February 2020
  • presentations per 1,000 population decreased by 1.5%.