Variation by Indigenous status

Almost 522,000 Emergency presentations (6.6%) were reported for patients who identified as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. The waiting time for 50% of Indigenous Australians (within 19 minutes) was similar to that for other Australians (within 19 minutes).

For Urgent, Semi-urgent, and Non-urgent patients, the national waiting times for 50% of Indigenous Australians were shorter than those for other Australians.

The proportion of presentations seen on time for Indigenous Australians (73%) was similar to that for other Australians (72%).

See Tables 5.5 and 5.6 for caveat information on these data. Available to download in the data section.

Limitations of data provided for Indigenous status

The quality of the data reported for Indigenous status in EDs has not been formally assessed. Therefore, the information on Indigenous status presented in this report should be interpreted with caution. See Appendix A for more information.