Web update: Use of emergency department and GP services in 2015–16 - Technical Note - Indicator specifications

Web update: Use of emergency department and GP services in 2015–16

Indicator specifications

Number of in-hours ED attendances per 1,000 people, by place of residence

Data source
Data sources

National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database (NNAPEDCD) 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Estimated Resident Population (ERP) as at 30 June 2013, 2014 and 2015

Indicator description and calculation
Eligible presentations A presentation is classified as an in-hours ED attendance if the following conditions are true:
  • Emergency type of visit
  • Allocated triage category 3, 4 or 5
  • The episode end status was completed and patient departed without being admitted or referred to another hospital, did not wait to be attended by a health care professional or left at own risk
  • Presented at the ED ‘in hours’
    • Weekdays between 8am and 8pm (excluding public holidays)
    • Saturdays between 8am and 1pm (excluding public holidays).
Numerator Count of eligible presentations
Denominator ERP as at 30 June at the beginning of the reporting period
Calculation (Numerator ÷ denominator) x 1,000
Geographic disaggregation

SA2 of residence reported at the following levels:

  • PHN area
  • SA3.

Number of after-hours ED attendances per 1,000 people, by place of residence

Data source
Data sources

NNAPEDCD 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16

ABS ERP as at 30 June 2013, 2014 and 2015

Indicator description and calculation
Eligible presentations A presentation is classified as an after-hours ED attendance if the following conditions are true:
  • Emergency type of visit
  • Allocated triage category 3, 4 or 5
  • The episode end status was completed and the patient departed without being admitted or referred to another hospital, did not wait to be attended by a health care professional or left at own risk
  • Presented at the ED ‘after-hours’
    • Weekdays before 8am or after 8pm
    • Saturdays before 8am or after 1pm
    • Sundays all day
    • Public holidays.
Numerator Count of eligible presentations
Denominator ERP as at 30 June at the beginning of the reporting period
Calculation (Numerator ÷ denominator) x 1,000
Geographic disaggregation

SA2 of residence reported at the following levels:

  • PHN area
  • SA3.