In particular, the report examines the extent to which patients depart public hospital EDs within four hours of arrival, following the introduction of the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT). Under the target, states and territories are expected to ensure that 90% of all patients presenting to public hospital EDs will depart within four hours by 2015.
This report is based on data from 134 major, large, medium and specialist public hospitals and about 5.9 million ED presentations. Hospitals were classified by location, and also classified as major, large or medium based on the number of ED presentations and hospital separations per year (see Table 1).
In 2013 the Authority will publish reports each quarter on the comparable performance of healthcare organisations to stimulate improvements in the Australian health system, to increase transparency and accountability and to inform consumers.